Against School Uniforms School uniforms are in a significant amount of schools in the u.s.; uniforms should not be required in public schools.
For instance, studies show that school uniforms don’t affect students positively to help their career, they violate students’ rights, and some cases of not being able to financially afford school uniforms. It seems that schools are trying to take away students First Amendment right by requiring school uniforms. Kids are raised being told to express themselves, but students can’t express themselves if they are required to dress a certain way. Not only does it seem like schools are taking away their rights, as in their freedom of expression and many other ways, but school uniforms also cost a significant amount of money. Across the US 23% of schools require uniforms and the amount of school uniform sales is at $1,300,000,000; making it so parents end up paying about $249 for each uniform.(infobase) Across the US 6 states require their public schools to have uniforms. There are 14,000 private schools in the US that require uniforms. That is significant amount of schools that require uniforms and are taking away students rights.
Schools also have no idea what parents have to go through to afford to pay for the uniforms themself. Making them so expensive can hurt families in many ways because usually they have to buy more than one at a time and different seasons require different outfits making the amount each family go up. (infobase Learning) School uniforms can be used to violate a student’s natural right to convey their individuality. It is one’s natural born right to express themselves, and that should not be deprived by the public school system. In other words, uniforms would also restrict freedom of expression which is a right provided in the First Amendment. In article 6 the First Amendment is “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The freedom of speech and expression means that people should have every right to talk about what people want and wear what people want as long as it follows the school rules.
Schools have no right to take that away from you. As a underage kid who doesn’t have that many rights, they shouldn’t have them taken away. The school system decides that students need to learn about people like Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony and Booker T. Washington, in school students learn about how these people expressed themselves and conquered and people can’t even express ourselves in the hallways or express different personalities.
Those famous people expressed themselves and showed that they can get justice and freedom, why is it that the school has to try to take justice and freedom from students? (Scholastic Action)According to today’s society, humans are expected to support diversity, but if a school were to require uniforms they would be teaching students to become conformists. The parents who are supporters of non-conformity will highly protest the implementation of school uniforms at any of their children’s schools. At a time when schools are encouraging an appreciation of diversity, enforcing standardized dress sends an opposite message. Just think of prisons and gangs, the prisoners have to wear uniforms to keep conformity in appearance. If a school system starts at clothes, where does it end? Administration making students dress how they want will not make them act how they want. School uniforms may even make attendance drop because students don’t appreciate what they are being forced to wear to school. Students are going to be even less motivated in the classroom, because they are going to be more worried about how much they hate their uniform than their school work.
Changing an outfit will not make a student pay attention during class any more than they already do. Teenagers will either be fascinated with how much they love it, or they will be worried about how much they don’t like how it looks on them. Students that are “LGBT” are required to either wear a blouse and skirt or shirt and tie, some wouldn’t get taken seriously. Schools aren’t taking genders and how people feel about their appearance seriously. (Infobase Learning)Bullying is a major cause of suicide around the United States and making a student wear something they don’t feel comfortable wearing can make that student go out of their comfort zone. Some schools have said that uniforms could be a source of protection, because if there’s an intruder trying to come on campus the staff could easily notice the intruder. Another thing is, there have been many cases of school shooters/intruders that have been the students, and if they’re dressed the same as every other student in the school it may be hard to spot out the student/and or students.
There are some very cruel students out there who will make that one student feel uncomfortable with the uniform that the school required. Not many students like the choice of uniforms. (ProCon.org)School uniforms cause issues with teens who begin their transition into adulthood. In real life, adults must pick out their own outfits, and school uniforms would deprive teens from that responsibility. In the real world, not everyone looks the same, so it can be hard for students who have gone through school to develop their own self-image going into their adulthood.
Certain jobs do require uniforms and most of them do make kids look presentable. When schools choose what students wear it makes the students think that they’re getting ready for adulthood when that is the last thing they should be worrying about. What kid wants to start their life out as an adult? Not any kid would want to skip their childhood and all the amazing memories they had as a child. (ProConorg Headlines)Parents should be able to decide what their kids can and can’t wear to school. Parents are getting tired of schools stepping on their toes with what their child should be wearing. They feel the school is almost trying to tell them how to parent.
Enrollment at schools who begin implementing uniforms dropped due to parents not wanting their students in uniforms. School uniforms are undermining the government’s idea of “free” education. Uniforms would just serve as another expense for students to attend a public school. Some parents are unwilling, or can’t afford to pay the expense for a uniform, on top of the out-of-schools day clothes, so that may result in a drop of attendance at public schools. If education were truly “free”, uniforms could not be required because the school would be specifying a cost in order for a student to attend. Some schools that require school uniforms can be very costly.
A school in Napa, California requires uniforms. The school that requires uniforms so happens to be in a less fortunate area. In that poor town there are less fortunate families in the town that will make it hard to pay for the uniforms. Harvest Middle School requires uniforms and they cost a total of $275.86 for all four uniforms which are required.
This being a public school in a less fortunate area it should not cost that much for a child to go to a school that offers “free” education. (Headlines)Schools should not require students to wear uniforms in school, but a downside to not requiring them is financially affording a wardrobe for a child and not having that extra bill to pay for, which will financially help some families that can not afford everyday school clothes. Public schools around the US that don’t require uniforms seem to come to a problem with families that are not financially stable, and can’t afford a wardrobe of their child’s choice. Those parents that have children and can’t afford clothes can visit second-hand stores to get clothes for cheap. They can set aside a savings plan to add to for school clothes yearly.
If you’re parent that can’t afford regular clothes for a child/children, then how are some parents supposed to afford a uniform for school. Parents shouldn’t have to go out of their way to buy them a uniform if they got told school is “free”. (Headlines)In all of this, uniforms are just a way of distracting the students from their learning environments and taking their freedom rights away from them and they’re causing students to not do good in school. The government says that school is “free”, if school is “free” then why are parents having to pay for uniforms? Taking away students schooling because a school wants uniforms that’s not right. Students should get to experience their taste in clothing and their own style, to show what they like, to be their own person, and not what the government wants for them.