The Argument Against School Uniforms

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Each morning, many kids and teens alike look in their closet and carefully or carelessly pick out an outfit, with no restrictions placed on their self-expression through clothes. Some, however, have limited or no freedom in what they wear. School uniforms have always been considered a controversial issue. Teachers and faculty continue to support dress codes while many students resist the steady increase in uniforms that is occurring in schools today. Both sides of the argument are well represented with structural evidence supporting them. Studies show that school uniforms can both improve test scores and well as prevent bullying in schools, yet the overall student opposition to uniforms can unintentionally cause negative repercussions in both …show more content…
In Britain, the majority of schools observe a strict dress code. It is often mandatory for students to wear blue or black skirts and pants, along with blazers, ties, pullovers, and even socks of a specific color. Some schools go as far as to ban makeup and fashion accessories. However, once a student is sixteen, many schools will relax the uniform and allow the teenagers to have more power over what they wear.
Uniforms are also seen in Eastern Asia. Uniforms have been a staple in Japanese schools for over a century. While the elementary age students are allowed to dress more casually, the middle and high school students have strict military like uniforms. They have different lightweight uniforms for the summer months and team practices. Uniforms are evident throughout Malaysia also for both the students and some teachers. Most private school use the same uniforms as the public schools, but some "international" schools have customized
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Even under the current law, minors do not have the same freedoms as adults when they are in school (Lane). However Dennis Evans, a former California high school principal, stated that when teens decide what to wear in the morning, they are developing important decision-making skills and are learning to take responsibility for their choices, which many students agree with (“School Uniforms: The Debate”).
Those who oppose school uniforms point back to the Tinker vs. Des Moines case and claim that it proves that students have the right to wear clothes that contain messages, such as the black armbands protesting the Vietnam War from the 1960s (Hudson). During mid September 2015, a school in southwestern Virginia suspended 23 students for coming to school wearing confederate flag clothing items which was in violation of the school policy stating that students could not wear clothing that might "reflect adversely on persons due to race" which includes confederate battle flag symbols

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