Implementing Uniforms in Schools
There are many problems facing schools in this modern age. Some of which are violence,
children worrying about fitting in with a certain crowd, and the educating of the students.
With many students focusing on what to wear to school and not the homework they were
assigned the lack of education is becoming apparent. I believe that school uniforms could
help stop some of these problems.
Peer pressure, financial strain, and fears of not fitting in are just some of the
aspects that play into the overall success a child has in school. In a world that touts
freedom of expression the real freedom to learn may be found in the conformity of school
uniforms. The daily fashion fight starts bright and early every morning for students all
across America. Imagine a typical morning that begins with a blood curdling scream,
something like "get out of bed now, the bus will be here in three minutes!" The shriek is
followed by the confusion of what day it is along with a cold temperature shock from a
once toasty bed. Then add the trauma of finding a clean pair of socks and a shirt other
than the one worn yesterday. With school uniforms this havoc in the morning could be
lessened. If you already know what you have to wear, you can slip it on quickly,
eliminating a time crunch and mental frustration. A uniform also saves the aggravation
that comes with keeping up with the "in" of fashion. As the season changes, so does
fashion. Just when it seems you are caught up with the rest of your friends, and have new
clothes, it is time to go to the store to buy clothes for the next season's wardrobe. This
would not be the case with a uniform policy. Uniforms stay the same in a school district
and this would save parents a substantial amount of money in the long haul. A New York
Based research firm found that households whose children wear uniforms spend an
average of $104 on clothing, as opposed to $185 per child for those who don't attend a
school with a dress code (Dolliver 16). Eliminating having to buy new clothing every
season for growing kids is not only a financial relief, but a huge mental one as well. Not
only do parents worry about their kids fitting in, but also so do the youngsters themselves.
Every child is not as fortunate to have all the latest styles and brand of clothing, and the
less privileged are left to deal with the fact they the don't feel like they belong. By
wearing uniforms, you would not be singled out as the girl who is less fortunate or the
guy that wears all dark colors. You would get to know people for who they were.