Essay about School Uniforms

1710 Words May 15th, 2006 7 Pages
SCHOOL UNIFORMS In his hopes to create "an atmosphere in our school that promotes discipline and order and learning," President William Jefferson Clinton stated, "I believe we should give strong support to school districts that decide to require young students to wear school uniforms." He cited several incidents where student's desire for another's fashionable attire has led to extreme forms of violence (Clinton 1996). This exemplifies one of the many implications of a necessity for school uniforms. Many advocates claim that school uniforms curb violence, limit the potential for gang members to wear representative colors, deter theft, and install students with stronger work ethic and school pride, among many other things. Critics, …show more content…
School Uniforms and a Mental Perception Many argue that school uniforms radiate a Catholic school perception (Palilkas and Rist 1996, p.1). They struggle to see past the plaid jumpers and white bloused for women and dress pants and solid color shirts for men. These critics further argue that this type of uniform subconsciously emits the values inherent to Catholicism. Dorothy Behling, in her 1994 paper entitled "School Uniforms and Person Perception," sought to investigate how high school students and teachers perceived the wearer's academic abilities, behavior, and potential"(Brunsma 2001b,p.3). Belling showed photographs of a college-age male and female each wearing one of the four styles of clothing: a dressy' uniform; a casual uniform, a casual non-uniform, typical style of clothing; and jeans, sweatshirt, and jean jacket combination to represent the less than casual to a non-random sample of 270 sophomores and 20 high school teachers from a single-sex, religious private school and coeducational public high school in a middle-class medium-sized city in Ohio (Brunsma

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