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Renzo Contreras

English 12


Public school systems across the country are now requiring students to wear uniforms. Can uniforms really make a difference in a child's academic performance? Wouldn't uniforms infringe the child's creativity and self-expression? Clothes don't make the child right. I am for school uniforms because they can drastically reduce school violence and help a student to focus on schoolwork. My 3 reasons are: 1) lower school violence, 2) save money and 3) no individualism and racism.

First, uniforms will put the students' emphasis on schoolwork instead of dressing cool, and they will help to lower school violence. A lot percentage of fights are going to drop. Also, school suspensions are going to drop. School children are getting killed for designer jackets and shoes. Students will pay more attention to their classes because they will not fight over dumb things like another student was wearing another student's rival gangs' colors causing outbursts and fights.

This problem is one that occurrences daily in big city schools, but a problem uniforms can help remedy. Uniforms eliminate gang clothing like baggy pants, belts with initials on the buckles, halter-tops, etc.

Second, parents and students will not spend a lot of money buying clothes, etc. By doing that, students can save money and use it when they go to college or when they want to buy a car. They will pay more attention to their classes and stop worrying about who dress better or who looks better. Also, they are going to save money in taxes if they stop buying clothes every weekend.

Third, some students feel they have to have the expensive designer clothes to fit in and be cool. Uniforms would allow every to wear the same thing and help kids fit in. Not only would...