Are school uniforms a good idea? By reese hutson

On a clear sunny day, a little girl was walking to her first day of 2nd grade. Her school had started a new uniform program and she already wasn't happy about it. The ugly, itchy, cotton uniforms were a creamy beige with the school emblem on the chest. Her pants were a brown color, but she also had a skirt (the same brown) for warmer days. She took off her navy blue blazer and tied it around her waist. The only thing her school website suggested about shoes for girls is that they must be black, and have no heel. The little girl picked out her favorite pair of black flats with a little black bow on the toe. The little girl got to all of her classes on time, and caused no trouble. In her last class of the day, the little girl's name came over the intercom, “Eliza Smith, please go to the vice principal’s office.” Her whole room turned to face her as she put her pencils in her little pouch. In the office the vice principal told her that her shoes did not match the school uniforms rules, all because of the little black bows on her shoes
School uniforms are a uniform that you must wear everyday, all day, during school. This does not seem like a good idea to me. The uniforms limit kids creativity. When wearing one of these uniforms, they must be the same school uniform everyone else is wearing and they might even have to be the same cut, boy or girl. According to President Bill Clinton, “If it means that the school rooms will be more orderly and more disciplined, and that our young people will learn to evaluate themselves by what they are on the inside, instead of what they’re wearing on the outside, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear uniforms.” While this quote does have some truth behind it, some kids may express themselves through clothing and what they wear. Think about the different types of social groups you see at school. The athletes like to wear athletic clothes. The artistic kids like to wear clothing that makes them stand out from others. Uniforms stifle students individuality
It is also important to consider the cost of these uniforms. Some schools have cheaper uniforms but the majority have quite expensive ones. Something I found was that uniforms typically go for about $249 which is a lot of money to spend on something that they may grow out of in a few months. Many families do not have money to spend on clothing that is only worn at school. They will still have to buy clothing for them to wear on the weekends. Uniforms are too expensive.
And most importantly, students don't like them! If kids are not happy they might not behave as well or perform as well on their academics as they would if they felt comfortable in their clothes. A study done by David Brunsma from the University of Missouri shows that attendance, behavior, and academics did not improve or decrease due to school uniforms, and another study shows that academics actually decreased. Kids need to feel comfortable to perform better in classrooms. It is possible that school uniforms could eliminate bullying. By taking away rich or poor kids being judged by what they wear, you might see less kids being picked on for not having the right clothes. For example, if everyone is wearing the school uniform that includes black dress shoes, the child whose parents can’t afford the latest tennis shoes won’t be made fun of. On the other hand, that same kid is going to run into those same kids at the mall over the weekend and will have to face up to that problem then anyway. School uniforms won’t get rid of bullying, they simply delay it to the weekend.
At the end of the day, parents and teachers have to determine that the number of good reasons to enforce school uniforms is outweighed by the many negative reasons. Kids need to feel happy and comfortable to perform at their best. School uniforms will not accomplish this


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