The Benefits Of School Dress Codes

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Retail customers need to close up their wallets before going school clothes shopping this summer because they or their children could be wearing a school uniform surprisingly soon. According to a survey by Land’s End and the National Association of Elementary School Principals about school uniforms in 2013, half of the public schools in the United States, 49 percent to be exact, enforce or plan to enforce a school uniform policy. With so many schools on board for strict dress code policy, one would think that the pro points of utilizing such policy would heavily outweigh the cons, but the piles of research that have been done on this topic may negate this idea. There are many arguments for and against the enforcement of school uniforms. The …show more content…
The necessary disciplinary action of a school with strict dress codes will obviously decrease more than the school with laid-back dress codes with the enforcement of uniforms. Having attended a school which required simply to wear shoes and not have your entire backside or torso displayed, I don’t see many cliques divided by dress or students more focused on looks than school work. In fact, some students show up in sweat pants or pajamas on test days, which are dress options that are often not allowed at a lot of public schools with strict dress code. Less time is taken out of the day to send kids home to change or take them out of class until parents arrive with a change of clothes, which infringes less on students’ academic careers, but one could argue that school uniforms have similar benefits. In fact, according to an academic article by Gregory J. Macqueen, even though some claim to have seen an improvement or difference, uniforms more often don’t have any effect on academic performance, even though they may reinforce good …show more content…
Though country-wide uniform enforcement wouldn’t be beneficial to families like my own that have multiple children in one household, financial assistance could be developed in order to help those that would need it. Additionally, though uniforms may indeed infringe upon personal expression, they also enhance the productivity and student conduct in schools. Because enforcement of uniforms could bring about better learning environments, I believe that it would be a good course of action for many schools to take. After all, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” –Spock, Star Trek II: The Wrath of

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