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chyannfox
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minddrag
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School Uniform

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/18/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 397 times Debate No: 86806
Debate Rounds (3)
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chyannfox

Pro

Should the be school uniforms? Yes. I feel school uniforms are a must for teachers and students. This will minimize the issue with dress code and kids getting made fun of for the clothes they wear. If we all look the same, no one will get judged.
minddrag

Con

Good morning my fine opponent and thank you for this wonderful debate. I will start off with a small overview of my points, and then leave it to you for the next round.

The most obvious point against uniforms is that they restrict self-expression. 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. We want to encourage our children to be expressive and to think outside the box. Forcing them to wear ugly gray sweater vests and starched white shirts is not the way to do that.

The gender-specific uniform guidelines often reinforce the gender binary in the school environment. The separation between females and males will only increase. If uniforms were all-encompassing and non-gender specific, this problem would not exist. However, uniforms are not all-encompassing. There are limited choices for males and limited choices for females. Though females can wear uniform pants, men are not allowed to wear uniform jumpers. Conflict would arise if a male attempted to wear the specified 'female' attire. This poses problems to LGBT progress in school environments...

Where did we get the idea that bullying and stereotypes would magically disappear if we implemented a strict uniform? People will not stop bullying each other based on appearance, which manifests itself in ways besides clothing. If we convince ourselves that placing limits on clothing choices will eliminate school bullying, we are kidding ourselves.

Bullying occurs whether students wear uniforms or not. The root cause of bullying should be addressed. Teens should be able to develop self-expression and their personal identity. Instead, they might resort to unconventional piercings and tattoos... School uniforms encourage followers not leaders. The practice discourages independent thinkers. This follower mentality could extend into adulthood...

The push for students to wear uniforms to improve behavior lacks validity and seems ill-advised for a democratic public school system. Today's school uniforms seem more a punitive measure meant to deny students their right to freedom of expression and individuality. Public schools can still have dress codes without resorting to mandatory uniforms. There are much better goals to address safety and overall school climate.

Thank you and I look forward to your next round.
Debate Round No. 1
chyannfox

Pro

chyannfox forfeited this round.
minddrag

Con

I do hope that you return for the final round.
Debate Round No. 2
chyannfox

Pro

chyannfox forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by U.n 9 months ago
U.n
" Though females can wear uniform pants"

I attended a private Catholic high school which mandated uniforms. We had two girls who refused to wear the standard skirt and opted for uniform pants.

We called them Pants 1 and Pants 2.
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