To Wear Or Not To Wear That Is The Question:An Educational Debate

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Throughout history we have seen that people tend to gravitate towards popular trends. In the 1920's we see women dressing in pants and sporting short bobs. In the 1940's boys stopped wearing knickers and stockings. In the 1950's the popular trend for girls was poodle skirts and bell bottoms were all the rage in the 1970's. At the time these trends were considered to be outlandish, outrageous, and even in some cases people found these trends to be so disturbing that they acted out in violence, with pure prejudice. People were breaking the mold, adapting to life during and after the war which meant going without some things and compromising in other areas, and trying to demand the rights that they were entitled to. In a school setting these trends could be distracting, leading not only to protesting and suspension but also to violence between the student population. Wearing uniforms allows the students to focus more on school rather than on appearances, trends, and popularity.

Uniforms are a good way to improve student discipline and motivation. "The potential benefits of school uniforms include: decreasing violence and theft- - even life- threatening situations- - among students over designer clothing or expensive sneakers; helping prevent gang members from wearing gang colors and insignia at school; instilling students with discipline; helping parents and students resist peer pressure; helping students concentrate on their school work; and helping school officials recognize intruders who come to the school" (U.S. Department of Education in consultation with local communities and the U.S. Department of Justice (1996) Manual on School Uniforms. Retrieved July 21, 2009 from Not only do school uniforms improve student discipline and motivation but they are cheaper for parents to buy than the next trend or designer clothing. Since uniforms help students to...