Every year there is a large debate about school uniforms and whether they should be required in our public schools, or not. Some parents and school staff think that uniform policies should be enforced, as they feel it provides a sense of safety, structure, a lack of ridicule and modesty to our children. On the other hand, there are parents that argue that it takes away a child’s freedom of expression, independence, free spirit and individuality. Both parties have good and effective arguments and I hope to provide insight into this subject, so that you can gather current and valid information.
There are many dangers that children have to face when going to school. There is a lot of school violence that can cause children to dread going to school and get distracted in class. They can get distracted by what the fellow students wear to school; the girls can wear inappropriate clothing, or the baggy clothes that the gang members wear. “Baggy clothes that are popular these days can be confused as gang related clothing, and there can be unintentional gang related violence. These baggy clothes can be a way for gang members to bring drugs and weapons into the school” wrote Keith King, in the Journal of School Health. It has been repeated that one in three children have access to weapons or drugs and can bring them anytime they want. Many believe that school uniforms are the answer to this. They believe that if they dress alike then there would be less of a chance for weapons and drugs in to get into our schools. David Bruma and Kerry Rockqemore wrote that they “started to investigate the empirical effectiveness of uniforms and the U. S. schools the day after former President Clinton did his State of the Union Address, in which he discussed school uniforms as a solution to gang related problems in the metropolitan areas.” Has Clinton’s speech helped the fight for school uniforms?
There have been many studies as to whether school uniforms are a positive thing or a negative thing. An example of one study, in 1986, Baltimore’s Cherry Hill Elementary School became the first U.S. school to adopt a uniform policy. The policy was to help with cost of clothing and to curb social pressures (Konhelm, Kalkstein).
There was another study on the other side of the U. S. in the 1995, Long Beach, California, got a lot of attention, because the school the school implemented a school uniform policy. “The result was that the policy was supporting the implications in 70 schools with around 60,000 students, kindergarten to eighth grade. In the first five years there was a dramatic difference in school violence and misbehavior, the overall crime rate dropped by 91 percent, sex offences dropped by 96 percent, and vandalize had gone down 60 percent, reported Jasmine L. Konheim-Kalkstein.
New York City has allowed school districts to choose whether they want to implement school uniform policies, in 1999, 70 percent adopted uniform policies.
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