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All around the world, many schools ranging from elementary to high school enforce a
dress code for the students. Many people everywhere, including parents and the students,
disapprove of the use of uniforms for a number of reasons. At the same time, many school
officials will argue of the improvements in education and performances brought in from the
schools due to implementing school uniforms. Even though many students dislike the idea of
having to wear only certain approved clothing every day, supporters of uniforms hold value in
the improvements uniforms brings into education; ultimately, varying opinions about school
uniforms deserve to be respected.
Students, parents, and many other people do not agree with schools implementing school
uniforms and would much rather prefer to be wearing designer clothing. Many students
disapprove of wearing uniforms primarily because of the desire to wear designer clothing.
Wearing clothing that is different shows others the individuality and original style. The style the
uniform provides may not suit certain body types causing stress over the appearance at school
which could be prevented by granting students to wear personally owned clothing. The author
states that “There’s also the fact that clothing can help us all-teens especially-express who we
area Jay-z fan or a Steelers fanatic, one of the crowd or someone who dares to be different” and
“Some styles are unflattering to certain body types, which can add another challenge for kids
already struggling with their self image (Tarshis, Lauren pg.23). Some students may not be able
to afford the price of the new uniform, especially in places of poverty where parents and students
struggle to make ends meet. The author argues that “ Schools often require families to buy the
uniforms, which can be expensive” (Tarshis, Lauren pg.23).
Everyday, students at school consciously go against school uniform to show
independence and desire to return to the once non-regulated dress code. Students mourn over not
being able to express interests through clothing. Parents of these students also seem to disagree
with uniform stating “School uniforms?!?! This is not at all what we thought of when we
enrolled out boys in what we had considered a very progressive school…[uniform] teaches
[students] about being conscious of their own appearance, does strifle the development of that
child’s own individuality” (Rckney pg.8).
On the other end of the uniform debate are those who see uniform as a solution to
improve the school environment and performance. Since school uniforms help to regulate the
children of a campus, the job of looking over students becomes an easier task for administrators
and security guards. Safety of the students is one of the greatest priorities that school officials
look to achieve....