In the United States, millions of students attend public schools and face some sort of violence that is associated, with that school. It can be related to gangs, bullying or peer pressure from other students. Fourteen percent of students reported being a victim of bullying in 2003 and 52 out of 220 incidents between 1994 and 1999 were associated with gangs. This has led to non-gang related students bringing firearms to school to protect themselves. (D.Stanton, 2006) Because of these rising issues, parents are being forced to pull their children out of public school and home school them for their safety. Is this the best action for the children? Will they be missing out on many life skills that they learn while attending school with peers their own age? How can schools make our children feel safe so they can attend public schools and make sure schools’ don’t lose out on valuable funding from the state? The idea that many believe will fix the problems at school is implementing a dress code or uniform policy for all students. School uniforms should be mandatory for the increased safety of our students, for the improvement of grades/behavior and for the low-cost of clothing. Uniforms also eliminate peer pressure that students are often subject to at school.
School uniforms are defined as a set of standardized clothes worn primarily for an educational institute, usually in a primary or secondary school system. Male uniforms usually consist of dark short or long pants, and a light-colored shirt, and in some schools, ties must be worn. Female uniforms usually vary between different countries, but mainly consist of a dress or blouse worn either with a skirt or pants. (Wikipedia, 2010) This type of dress code seems to be pretty strict and unfair to the students but the actual uniforms worn at most public schools consist of a polo shirt with pants, shorts, or skirts.
In 1987, Cherry Hill Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland, became the first school to adopt a uniform policy. (Education Bug, 2010) After this school’s implementation of a dress code, there was a dramatic increase in the use of school uniforms in the United States; which was inspired by former President Bill Clinton. President Clinton proposed a challenge to all public schools by saying, he challenges all of our schools to teach character education; along with good values and good citizenship. If it means that our teenagers will stop killing each other over designer labels, then schools should require students to wear a uniform everyday to school. (Brunsma, 2006) His speech was just the beginning of the very controversial uniform debate, and people on both sides of the arguments have tried hard to make sure that their case is heard.
The main reason for implementing a school uniform policy would be to increase children’s safety at school. Gang violence in schools is at an all time high. In 1989, a high school student from Baltimore was shot and...