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The reasons for requiring uniforms are:
1) It promotes identity with the school and class, which emphasizes the common educational purpose. It puts everyone in the same boat so they are more likely to help each other succeed. This is a reason why players on sports teams wear identical uniforms. It would suffice to identify the team players if, say, one team wore predominantly red and the other predominantly blue, or even just predominantly dark and light. Yet there is widespread agreement that having identical uniforms is important for the team psychology.
2) It removes the distractions of fashion trends and fashion competition from school hours, thereby reinforcing the educational purpose of the enterprise. It helps students focus.
3) It teaches boys to be neat and girls to be attractive.
4) It encourages students to evaluate people by their behavior and personality rather than by their manner of dress.
5) It allows individuals to express themselves in fashion outside of school...
Roughly 160,000 children miss school daily due to to fear of attack and or intimidation by other students. Because everyone would be dressed the same, students would not be bullied because of their clothing. In addition, uniforms promote safety because if an intruder walked into school, it would be easier to spot them because they would not be wearing the uniform.
In a 1996 Long Beach, Calif. speech, former President Bill Clinton announced his support of that district's uniform initiative.
"School uniforms are one step that may help break the cycle of violence, truancy and disorder by helping young students understand what really counts is what kind of people they are," Clinton said. It didn't take much more than this presidential nod of approval to get the uniform ball rolling in many school districts across the country.
Requiring all students to wear the same cardigans, slacks or skirts is a practice employed throughout history and all over the world. England, for example, even required uniforms in all public schools for a time. Recently, it seems American schools desperate for peace and order are willing to follow this trend in order to get their students on the right track.
Present statistics in the Long Beach district seem to support the claim that the clothes students wear can affect the crime rate. Now, three years later, many districts have followed suit with public schools in Chicago, Dallas, Sacramento, Phoenix, Seattle, Kansas City, Memphis, Baltimore and Atlanta all making the jump to mandatory uniforms.
The issue of school uniforms, whether in a private or public school, is not clear-cut. They seem to work best when whole school communities discuss and agree upon a policy and then enforce it. And most proponents agree that requiring uniforms will only bring success if other programs accompany it.
Uniforms may be a part of the solution, but they are not the only way to improve schools.
"Uniforms take the competition out of dress
In the past decade there has been a dramatic increase in the flamboyance of the everyday outfitting of school age kids. Price tags are in. In some neighborhoods, it's the "thing" to wear the price tag on the garment. What you pay for something is the status symbol. There is heavy competition for dressing "right" and the peer pressure to perform and conform is incredible.
Many students take after-school jobs to maintain their own style. Often these paychecks go right onto their backs and are not used for saving for the future or some other primary goal. A part time job is not the issue here. The reason behind the job is our concern.
As a school turns to mandated uniforms, all of the above becomes moot. All of the students look the same, at a base level. Concentration returns to who you are, rather than what you are wearing, or what you can afford. Students are less immersed in keeping up with today's trends.
It's time to eliminate from schools the status and respect many students give to clothing labels and price tags. Student attention needs to return to learning in the classroom, rather than how they look when they are in that classroom. Mandated uniforms can serve to shift the emphasis from competition back to academic performance and personal achievement. "
Rebuttal to point 1: Sports are linked to "team spirit and pride etc." but school does not have to be itself. And yet again, you did not provide evidence that there is a "widespread agreement" or any kind.
Rebuttal to point 2: Do you have any evidence that this can cause competition? No. You are speculating that one thing leads to another when you don't even have the base of the argument to agree with the rest. Think of a skyscraper, if the base is not study then the whole thing will fall. That is comparable to this point.
Rebuttal to point 3: That is just an accusation, where is your evidence?
Rebuttal to point 4: People will always find something to judge others on. If it is not clothing, then it would be facial features etc. instead. People talk, you cannot change that.
Rebuttal to point 5: But only outside of school. Once again, this is a violation of amendment 1 rights. Unless you want your freedom stripped away, there is no reason to support forced dressing when a dress code is already involved.
Rebuttal to evidence post 1: You cite evidence explaining students stay home due to fear and/or intimidation, nowhere do you cite evidence that this links back to clothing. You cannot use your own personal opinion and reasoning without evidence to back that up.
Rebuttal to evidence post 2: That is just one person's opinion.
Rebuttal to evidence post 3: Once again, if we do not teach the youth to deal with these kinds of conflicts (if they even do occur as often as you say), they will not be prepared for their older years.
Other points and evidence I want to make:
"The path to adult development is honed throughout the duration of early schooling. However, your transition towards adulthood can be hindered with uniforms. Since it is mandatory, you are not given the chance to decide for yourself, which is one of the hallmarks of adulthood."
"Uniforms aim to give everybody a homogenous look, right? Instead of improving a student"s self-image because he looks just like the others, it actually does the opposite. Students have different weights, body types and heights. Whenever one looks at himself in the mirror, he depreciates his self-image because he feels like he doesn"t look his best."
"f you thought that requiring all students to wear uniforms can lessen the chances of bullying, you are dead wrong! In fact, it can actually increase the incidence of bullying, especially in school districts where violence rates are soaring.
A 1999 study conducted by experts from Texas Southern University showed that bullying incidents increased by as much as 12%, after the implementation of mandatory uniform wearing.
Echoing this sentiment is a 2007 study published in the Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice. According to the research, assaults increased by as much as 14 incidences yearly, right after the introduction of school uniforms."
All facts from: http://www.listland.com...
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