School Uniforms In Public Schools

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There is a substantial rise in the number of public schools requiring uniforms. It is irresponsible to require a uniformed dress code in public schools because not only is it costly, with supposed benefits that are inaccurate, but it also destroys individuality and redirects bullying to other areas.

Requiring uniforms in public schools is not free; in fact it is extremely costly, with Americans spending around one billion dollars per year on the ensembles. ProConorg Headlines states, “school uniforms in public schools undermine the promise of a free education by imposing an extra expense on families” (School Uniforms: Pros and Cons). In America, a free education is established at the time a citizen is born, however, in some cases, the
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NLCATPorg writes, “…There would always be the bullies that would want to take advantage of anything they could get their hands or eyes on” (7 Critical Pros and Cons of School Uniforms). It is ignorant to believe that clothes are the only source of bullying. Even with uniforms, most schools do not limit the type of shoes that children can wear. The pressure shifts from needing to wear the nicest clothes to wanting the nicest shoes to fit in with peers. Shoes can easily override clothes in price, therefore, most kids are not inclined to wear the newest trends. Not only do children get bullied for clothes, but they also are bullied for other things. Once one tactic of bullying is taken away, others are taken advantage of. Children may experience bullying for things that, for the most part, are out of their control, such as acne, weight, hair, etc. Bullying will always be an issue; uniforms will only redirect the bullying as opposed to stopping it. Uniforms also prevent students from learning to deal with bullying. Public School Review reads, “Controlling the socialization process could harm the students as an adult, as they are not prepared for the real world, where they will indeed be judged by their appearances” (School Uniforms: The Pros and Cons for Your Child). While no child should have to experience such gruesome behavior, it is inevitable. In reality, humans are going to judge one another. Imposing uniforms on students makes it easier for people to be emotionally taxed as an adult, when something distasteful is said about them. Allowing one to develop their own sense of style prepares them to enjoy what they choose to wear and not to be offended by others who disagree. If a child is already introduced to bullying as a child, they will have a much better understanding and an easier time coping with it as an adult,

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