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Alejandra95
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mariahortega
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Do school Uniforms Make School Better?

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Started: 3/28/2017 Category: Education
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Debating Period
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Alejandra95

Pro

School uniforms do make school better. Because a school uniform teaches students to dress smartly and take pride in their appearance. Bill O'Chee, Australian politician, in a Jan. 10, 2017 article, "Why School Uniforms Are as Important as Student Laptops," Ditching school uniforms would not only cost parents more money, and would be a bad idea all around. In fact, school uniforms are as important as student laptops in the education experience. Interestingly, what most excites children going to school for the first time is usually their uniform. Every five-year-old can appreciate wearing a school uniform is a powerful rite of passage, and an equally powerful statement of belonging. This is no less true of high school students. Quite frankly, we spend far too much time pandering to a generation for whom individuality is a temper tantrum and a Facebook post short of an overblown sense of entitlement. We need to spend more time emphasizing the value of community, and how communities can only function if everyone gives up some of their own entitlement for the good of others.
mariahortega

Con

School uniforms do not make school better for students because it takes away a student's right of freedom of expression. Student's should have the right to decide what goes on their bodies without having to worry about a school dress code. According to an article published by Hiline.org, it states, "We live in a dynamic society, full of unique characters that make our world a spontaneous one. Cutting that off at a young age only stifles creativity and encourages conformity." This quote states that when students are given a dress code, it restrains and limits them from using their creativity when it comes to their fashion and appearance. Students are always encouraged to show their creativity, but taking away their rights to decide what they want to wear will restrict an important part of life, which is their communication through their outer appearance.
Debate Round No. 1
Alejandra95

Pro

School uniform actually helps to prevent bullying clothes are a status symbol in schools. Many students who are unable to afford the newest fashions or name brand clothing are ostracized and made fun of. School uniforms puts everyone on an even playing field and prevents this type of bullying from happening. Also an article in May 29, 2015-Flow Psychology Editor with uniforms, students find ways to express themselves creatively, rather than through their clothes - through the arts, music, sports, personality and academic achievement.
mariahortega

Con

Schools tend to believe that they promote students to be themselves, but they actually promote comformity over individuality. Over the years, fashion has evolved, and people wear things that express how they feel. In some schools, they make students wear uniforms that fit in with their gender, and that effects the transgender community who are just trying to live and dress the way they want to. Making students wear specific gender uniforms not only doesn't allow the student to express themselves, sometimes it makes them feel ostracized. According to a Baltimore Sun article written by Madison Park, a transgender teen boy by the name of Seamus, expressed to her his feeling on the uniforms and he stated, "sitting in a blouse and skirt all day made me feel insanely anxious. I wasn't taken seriously. This is atrocious and damaging to a young person's mental health; that uniform nearly destroyed me." This polls the generation gap, and shows that the schools who make it a rule to wear a uniform that goes with your birth gender, haven't evolved with the time.
Debate Round No. 2
Alejandra95

Pro

Most schools that don't have uniforms have a dress code. But figuring out what rules to include can be taxing because they need to identify what materials, lengths and types of skirts are okay, what sort of footwear are inappropriate, and so on. With uniforms, setting an acceptable standard is easier since there is just one type of outfit to base the policies on. Since all students are dressed in uniforms, it can be easier to pinpoint who is not supposed to be in there. This also prevents students from showing their gang affiliations by wearing certain colors or articles of clothing. When everyone is dressed the same and feels proud to be a part of their school, it boosts morale. The student body has a greater sense of togetherness and pride, boosting school spirit. In an article in transequality.org, "Model School District Policy on Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students", June 31,2013, stated that That a document presents on Model District Policy on Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students, which outlines best practices for schools to ensure that all students are safe, included and respected in school, regardless of their gender identity or expression including transgender and gender nonconforming students. The model presents some policy objectives, key points and alternatives to consider. It is meant to be adaptable to the specific needs of your school district, while keeping the original intent of the policy intact. Depending on your school district, the policy language provided here may fit best in a district policy, an administrative regulation, or a combination of the two. Our model was developed by examining school district policies from various states, guidance provided by states and the federal government, and identifying best practices for a national context. So, one would have to check in the school district and be sure if that applies to them and the need of their child. Since most of the time parents do not take their children to schools closest to them then they can find one that fits good to their child.
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