The Negative Effects Of School Uniforms

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School uniforms are supposed to help raise attendance and other aspects of school, however research has found that it can have the exact opposite effect. For years there have been debates on school uniforms. Some say that kids need the rigorous structure in their life. Others say that not giving the ability to make the decisions now will make them unable to make decisions later. This debate has been so widely fought over that it’s even been brought to the attention of the federal court in the “Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District,” in which the court ruled in favor of the school students because “high school students had a First Amendment right to wear black armbands to class in protest of the Vietnam War”(Lane 1). There …show more content…
Part of the idea of uniforms is they are supposed to help social and academic activities. Uniforms can help certain school’s, however it has been found that they can have a negative effect of some school’s and the students there that are considered pro school. There are studies that show “uniforms have no effect on substance abuse… moreover it claims a negative effect of achievement for those students considered pro-school” (Timeline 2). This shows that uniforms do not have the effect that most people will lead you to believe. However there are other studies that claim to have the opposite idea. At Elmwood Park there school introduced uniforms and the administration board think it has helped. The Elmwood Park’s interim superintendent Anthony Grieco was quoted saying “I don’t have any hard evidence, but I think it’s helped …show more content…
School uniforms are very unique because there has to be a very fine balance in what to wear, where, to buy it, and how much it should cost. Like I said prices for uniforms are tricky and “Findings based on a poll of around 1,000 parents, found that 95 percent of mothers and fathers think school uniforms costs are unreasonable” (Sherwin 1). 95 percent of parents think prices are unreasonable and they still have to pay them. These parents are probably already straining to find money and they shouldn’t have to pay these prices. However for some schools uniforms are necessary and needed for that region (Sherwin). That is the only problem there are several more one of them being what to wear. Many people have wondered what should school policy be for uniforms, or even just a dress code and the answer seem to vary depending on the region or ideals of the school and community. There have been many debates on what to wear and “under president Clinton’s direction, the U.S. Department of Education published and disseminated a ‘Manual on School Uniforms’ to all 1,600 school districts in the U.S. encouraging the establishment of a school uniform policy” (Uniforms Timeline). This goes to show how much thought and debate goes into making a policy or uniform. The president had to make a manual on the subject and wasn’t even willing to let the school decide on what to wear. However those are only a couple

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