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While it’s a contentious topic between proponents and opponents, here are the facts.
School Uniforms: Bullying, Violence, and Test Scores
Lawsuits regarding “offensive” clothing have spiked in the past two decades. An anti-gay T-shirt in San Diego, an anti-George Bush T-shirt in Vermont… and clashes with freedom of expression all over the States.
While opponents say that school uniforms don’t improve school safety or academic discipline, proponents of uniform policies cite a 2005 study that shows uniforms may have improved attendance and graduation rates, and other studies show that uniform requirements reduce incidents of bullying, as well.
Opponents claim that uniforms:
- Violate kids’ right to freedom of expression
- Make students targets of bullies attending other schools
- Create a financial burden on poor and disadvantaged families
- Are an unfair additional expense for tax-paying families
- Are tough to enforce in public schools
Proponents say that uniforms:
- Help prevent the formation of gangs
- Help students avoid the peer pressure of buying fancy, trendy clothing
- Help identify people who don’t belong on school campuses
- Help erase economic and social barriers most students encounter
- Increase school pride and a sense of “fitting in”
- Improve school attendance
No matter what side of the clothing aisle you’re on, it is important to note that not all families can afford to purchase uniforms for their children—and if a school decides to implement a mandatory uniform policy, there must be a program in place to help these families get the uniforms their children need without imposing a financial strain upon them.
What Do You Think?
Do you think schools are better off with or without uniform policies… and why do you feel that way? I’d love to hear your opinions, stories, and ideas, so please share them on my Facebook page or on Twitter.
With the increase in school violence and slipping academic scores, many teaching professionals and school administrators are looking for creative solutions—and one of those solutions may be easier to implement than most people think.
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