School Uniforms And The School Uniform Essay

1238 Words Apr 10th, 2016 5 Pages
The school uniform can be traced back to 16th Century England and to this day. In later eras, school uniforms became known as upper class. In the United States, we followed the traditions of uniform wearing but it was only in the private and parochial schools. In 1987, Maryland and Washington, DC were the first to place voluntary uniform wearing policy into effect. Even though voluntary, most parents supported the idea and “almost all” wore the uniforms. School official advocates noted decrease in disciplinary problems. Parents also noticed the decrease financial burden of the children having to have designer clothing. This movement also spread to other surrounding states and in 1994, the Long Beach, CA was the first to allow schools to implement a mandatory uniform policy. They claimed that the gang violence was impetus for the policy. On January 3, 1996, President Bill Clinton told Congress during his State of the Union speech that if it means that teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear school uniforms (Clinton, 1996, para. 32). Because of the United States Supreme Court decision in 1969 on uniforms in the public school system, proponents and opponents us this to support their arguments. Proponents state that school uniforms keep students focused on their education and not what they are wearing. Uniforms can create a level playing field for students which reduces peer…

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