schools or come up with the money some other way, which by itself presents a whole other host of problems. If a student is forced to change schools, they may learn to resent authority or even their parents, because they might blame their situation on their parent’s choice of a school that then instituted a uniform policy (Larkin). All of this would be a major stress factor on the family. There is no direct evidence to support the claim that school uniforms make students get better grades, which is a common reason given for introducing them in the first place.
The idea that students ill focus on schoolwork rather than socializing is purely idealistic, however regardless of this fact administrators implement uniforms hoping this will be the case.
Many of the students at any given school that are already rebellious by nature (like most teens), are then forced into wearing a uniform, which in some cases can simply compound their rebellious nature, actually increasing behavior problems in school, as opposed to the desired effect of making behavior problems vanish.
Furthermore, many school administrators feel that uniforms are an “overnight fix” for ehavior and grades, and do not understand that they are not any of those things (Facts Against School Uniforms). There still needs to be a strong set of rules enforced at the school to keep students in line. In Great Britain, there have been several cases of district heads stealing money from schools, by accepting bribes from uniform manufacturers to use their particular brand of clothing, and that is also something to consider when contemplating a uniform policy.
Some people say that uniforms in schools are helpful and also healthy for students, for a few reasons. Many argue that when a student puts on the uniform, they are more focused on school because they recognize that the uniform means that it is time to get to work (Facts Against School Uniforms).
However, when a student graduates and goes into the work force or college, there may not be a uniform, and many question whether or not they will realize that they still have to perform even though they are not wearing a uniform (Larkin).
Many public schools have instituted a uniform policy because their students simply will not comply with the dress code. This is particularly true in inner-city schools where dress code violations come as a by-product of the gang activity that some of the students are involved in. Some think that this will be a quick-fix to the gang problem, but these students can still show support for gangs through unregulated clothing such as Jewelry or hair styles.
Principals say that after instituting a uniform policy, they have noticed an increase in school spirit, and student activity in after school clubs and sports has increased. What they may not realize is that imposing a uniform is not the only way to get kids to upport their school, and if the uniforms are rejected, they can have the opposite effect, making students turn away from their schools (Facts Against School Uniforms).
Another opinion is that uniforms reduce the amount of distractions that are present in a school. When students have the freedom to wear whatever they please within the dress code, they argue that a uniform improves their students performance in the classroom. What they should focus on, is that a child should not have to be forced to get good grades or pay attention, they should do it for the simple fact that they ant to succeed in life and get good grades by themselves (The School Uniform).
Uniforms in schools should not be mandatory, because students should want to do well in school of their own accord, not because the head of their school forces them into wearing a uniform. School uniforms are pointless, expensive, counterproductive, and can also damage a student’s self image by forcing them to wear unflattering clothing, especially in the society of today, where it is thought to be necessary to have the best looking, and most appealing clothes.
In many inner-city chools, it is thought that not having a uniform policy invites some students to show their gang affiliations through their clothing. Uniforms do not prevent the students from showing their gang affiliations, because they will find ways to get around the uniform policy through unregulated clothing and other means (The School Uniform). In addition to this, school uniforms have been shown to limit productivity, individualism, and the student’s right to self expression, which is the cornerstone of any democratic nation and should not be denied to anybody.