School Uniforms Should be Mandatory
A uniform is a standard set of clothes that is worn by a group of people. These people may be members of an organization or a group of people having the same ideas. There are thousands of kinds of uniforms in the world worn by people, such as police officers, firefighters, doctors, lawyers, security guards, and even fast-food restaurant workers. School uniforms are a controversial issue in schools today. Many schools have already adopted a policy mandating school uniforms, while many more are still considering the change. School uniforms create an atmosphere of equality in which the students are able to achieve to their best, while attaining the most out of their education. School uniforms should be mandatory to unite the school community as one, to instil discipline among the student body, and to eliminate distractions that will help students focus more, which in turn will help our society.
First and foremost, school uniforms are a representation of the student body, school, and community. They create an identity, while showing respect to the school. Ultimately school uniforms promote school spirit. Similar to how sports teams promote unity and spirit, school uniforms unite the student body as one. For example, when we see the maple leaf worn by our proud athletes in Sochi, especially when they win gold, we as Canadians feel proud to be represented on the grandest stage of them all, the Olympics. Uniforms are a symbol that “unite and create an identity for the school in the community; as a result create an atmosphere of belonging” (TheGuardian.com). This demonstrates the essence of unity created by school
uniforms, which will positively influence the mindset of a student towards education, thus, leading to better results in learning. During the Olympics many of us wore red and white in support of our athletes; similarly, wearing school colours give students a sense of unity among their school and classmates. “This positively affects the student’s attitude toward the school, seeing it as a community, rather than an institution. Students who feel a sense of ownership and belonging for their school community are less likely to violate the disciplinary codes and policies in their school,” (GlobalPost.com) stated Danielle Spanner, who is a teacher and holds a Master degree in secondary education. This indicates that when students view their school as a community, a positive environment, they will improve their behaviour, as such eliminating the use of foul language, gang violence, and crimes. According to Professor Margaret Harris, head of the psychology department at the Oxford Brookes University, uniforms “often directly contribute to feeling of school pride, which the students did not want to compromise by misbehaving outside the school” (DailyMail.co.uk). This further shows that school uniforms create a positive educational environment in which equality and unity is evident and prominent among students, as a...