I don't think schools should have uniforms because an outfit doesn't help you learn. Teens and kids should have the right to dress the way they want to. Your outfit expresses you and your personality. Uniforms don't help your education AT ALL, so what's the point of wearing them?
Uniforms are worn in most aspects of life e.g. work, sports, recreational groups, etc. Uniforms can be highly stylized e.g. military, religious, team, etc, or socially conventional in appearance e.g. suits. The school uniform allows students to develop a common identity, to develop cohesion as a body, projects a "professional" image onto the community to which it belongs, and removes the appearance of social disparity. Schools aren't there just to fill students full of facts and figures, but also to prepare them for their future working lives and living within the society to which they will eventually contribute. I agree that, "an outfit doesn't help you learn" because, whether the "outfit" is a uniform or non-uniform, it is not a teaching aid. However the benefits of wearing a school uniform contribute to making a more conducive environment for educational purposes.
As stated previously most work placements have a uniform or workplace attire policy, so unless the majority of students intend on either being self-employed and working from home or being unemployed, which I doubt, then not wearing a uniform at school hardly seems a relevant issue especially if it improves the educational environment. Most adults who wear a uniform or formal work attire seem to cope with wearing it for 8 hours per day 5 days a week without it seriously impairing their personality or self expression, so I'm sure a student can do likewise for the short period of their life while they attend school. As for cost, it is cheaper to have a uniform with the associated positive benefits than it would be to have 5 separate casual outfits with footwear, etc, assuming that the student is going to wear the same 5 outfits for the whole year and in all weather conditions. Wearing casual clothing would bring into play the "haves and have nots" issue where peers look down upon those who either don't have or can't afford the latest fashion items. Peer pressure can lead to bullying, low self esteem, depression with associated problems such as self-harming, drugs, alcohol abuse, theft and possibly suicide. Peer pressure can also find itself transferred onto parents of students, forcing them to take on debts for clothing they can't afford leading them into financial difficulties.
Reasons for voting decision: Conduct - Tie. Both forfeited the final round, which is rarely acceptable behavior in any debate setting. I would highly recommend that both of you try to avoid forfeiting rounds because it is an automatic loss of conduct points. S&G - Tie. Both had adequate spelling and grammar. Arguments - Pro. Pro was able to effectively rebut every challenge raised by Con. Whereas Con dropped those challenges raised by Pro and then failed to provide any rebuttals in the final round. Due to this, Pro wins arguments. Sources - Tie. Neither utilized sources in this debate.
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