Should School Uniforms Be Mandatory

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`“Uniforms allow children the right to distinguish themselves by the deeds they’ve done, not the duds they wear”` (Boutelle). Schools across the United States consider installing a Mandatory school uniform policy in hopes to positively affect their school. On the contrary, not all the effects of a school uniform policy will be positive. Making School Uniforms mandatory will have mixed effects on a student’s academic experience. Perceived Benefits of school uniforms will be compared to actual statistics, to see if the Benefits of Installing a Mandatory Uniform policy will positively affect a student’s academic experience. There are numerous perceived benefits of installing a mandatory uniform policy. School officials believe a Uniform policy …show more content…
Installing the Uniform policy may send a message to parents that the school is un-safe, and regularly has issues with student violence (“School Uniforms”). Parents fear that if their child doesn’t get the opportunity to pick out the clothing of their choosing when in school, they will never learn how to make decisions in the real world (“School Uniforms”). Parents greatly fear that providing uniforms for their child will be an added great expense. Generally schools will allow students to wear generic items, but that is not always the case. When schools will not allow students to wear generic uniforms, cost may be a problem, especially to parents with more than one child in school. For the costs’ sake, schools will commonly allow generic clothes, give parents grants of assistance, or offer them previously worn uniforms from graduated students who donated their old uniforms for that purpose …show more content…
Students from Public, Urban, Sub-urban, Catholic and Rural schools with and without uniforms were tested in Reading and math (Brunsma). In a public school with School Uniforms the average score was 48, in a public school without the average score was 50 (Brunsma). In an urban school with School Uniforms, the average score was 47, in an urban school without the average score was 48 (Brunsma). In a Sub-urban School without uniforms the average score was 50, and at a school without uniforms the average score was 52 (Brunsma). At a rural school with uniforms the average score was 54, at an urban school without the average score was 63 (Brunsma). The overall average score of all the schools tested with School Uniforms was 55.36 (Brunsma). The Overall average score of Schools without Uniforms was 51.03 (Brunsma). These results demonstrate that students attending a school with uniforms will not achieve higher scores academically. On the other hand, research has shown that School Uniforms will increase school attendance (Gentile). Although uniforms do not prove to positively affect test scores, statistics show that Crime rates in schools will significantly drop. After only two years at a school in Long Beach California, Crime rates dropped significantly. In the school, sex offences were cut by 74 %. Robbery dropped by

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