School Uniforms

Mandatory uniforms is an answer that some give to stop the recent and
alarming rise in
violence and drop out rates in our public schools. Those that support
uniforms argue that
uniforms disguise economic and ethnic backgrounds, so students are no
longer jealous of others.
The financial burden on parents is lifted. But do uniforms really give
all of these benefits? Can
just one change in public schools make them so much better?
The wearing of uniforms in more of the nation\'s public schools has
been a much-talked about
issue recently, with President Clinton and several members of Congress
voicing their support.
Supporters of school uniforms say social and economic classes would no
longer be revealed by
students\' clothing, schools will have more of a sense of community, and
students\' self-esteem
will improve. Some gang members have hurt or murdered innocent people
because of a colored
item of clothing they chose to wear. Proponents assert that uniforms
will reduce this type of
violence in schools and, therefore, make classes safe and orderly.
Uniforms have been shown to
reduce absentee rates as well. In situations where there are several
different financial
backgrounds attending the same school students may be under pressure,
and possibly ridiculed
because of failure to conform to the latest fashion trends. Everybody
wearing the same styles of
clothes might eliminate that. In response to growing levels of violence
in our schools, many
parents, teachers, and school officials have come to see school uniforms
as one positive and
creative way to reduce discipline problems and increase school safety.
They observed that the
adoption of school uniform policies can promote school safety, improve
discipline, and enhance
the learning environment. As a result, many local communities are
deciding to adopt school
uniform policies as part of an overall program to improve school safety
and discipline.
California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New York,
Tennessee, Utah and
Virginia have enacted school uniform regulations.
Even though social and economic barriers can be torn down, some
schools have not had as
much success. In fact, implementing mandatory school uniforms can be
dangerous because it
provides the community with a false sense of security. It is like
putting a small bandage on an
enormous wound, instead of attempting to find ways to truly deal with
the bleeding. Although
this can happen, uniforms prove to continue to be a success. In a
recent study of uniforms in
Georgia Schools, eighty percent of students stated that they did not
feel that the uniforms
reduced fights and 68.7% felt that uniforms did not help to make them
feel a part of school. One
argument is that if our society is to ever get past bigotry and
prejudices, it is imperative that
students learn to accept people that do not dress like them, but others
believe that uniforms bring
different cultured people together. I believe that uniforms usually
help in most areas, but I do
not see a huge need for them in Ware County. The greatest effect of the
school uniforms would
be not having to wear labcoats!
I myself would not feel at any way individually squashed if I were
made to wear a uniform.
Everyone must look at the main issue pertaining to this topic. Our
Lives, without our
individuality is meaningless. I would be more than willing to wear a
uniform to school and be
safe and let my personality express my individualism, and be judged for
what I am than to be
judged and be pput into a life threatening situation for what color I
was wearing.