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School Uniforms

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Started: 1/25/2017 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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sabrina.rav

Con

Creativity is dying. School age children are at the point in their lives where they are trying to figure out who to be in this world we live in. Wearing a uniform takes away their individuality and essentially their creativity too. Some may argue that uniform codes prevent bullying. Sadly, they do not. There will always be that one child who because of their own insecurities, will choose to pick on an innocent classmate. This will go on with and without a uniform policy. If schools are worried students will show up to classes wearing inappropriate clothing, there is a solution to this as well. Schools can replace uniform codes with dress codes. Instead of making children wear uniforms, simply instill guidelines for appropriate and classy attire.
mollyflute

Pro

Personally, I feel that dress codes take up too much effort. We try and instigate a clear dress code, when kids just break it anyway. Why not just stick wth uniforms? You will have more money in the school budget to opt for more things, such as using the money for the arts or new uniforms for the football team. The school as a whole will be more united in a way. Plus, if you have a school uniform, you won't have to worry about buying new clothes or having to figure out exactly what you'll need to wear for the next day. You just pick a shirt, a skirt or pants, and you're ready to go for the day. No need to stress. You say that it limits creativity, but isn't it creativity that is getting kids to get bullied in the first place? Being different, standing out, that is what gets kids bullied. If they all wore the same uniform, there would be no bullying. Kids can be creative in other ways, ways that the uniform doesn't restrict to, such as their hair, makeup, and jewelry.
Debate Round No. 1
sabrina.rav

Con

Dress codes do not take as much effort as you might think. As long as what you are wearing is appropriate, then you are all set. Some uniform codes are quite severe, and in my opinion over the top. They limit the creativity of children so much that when all is said and done, no one is unique. There is also no need to buy new clothes. Do adults buy new clothes every day that they work? No, they do not. Do you buy new clothes every day in the summer? Of course not! It is not difficult to choose what you are going to wear in the morning, just be yourself! Dress codes are just one of the many options that a school could choose. Instead of a dress code a school could just have a policy that clothing needs to be appropriate. Will that cost the school anything? Absolutely not. Schools need to make sure that they are nurturing the creativity of children, not obliterating it with restrictions.
mollyflute

Pro

That might work, but with children these days, getting up in the morning is a hassle, and getting them dressed is even worse; especially for teenagers. At a public school, where school uniforms are not required, your teenage daughter or son could walk out of the house looking like they just walked into a club. As much as schools say they go by the dress code, most teachers and students don't even follow it enough to remind others of the modesty they must show. Wearing a uniform counteracts that. The only dress code thing to worry about would be skirt length or color of khakis for instance. Sure, for elementary school or middle school wearing a uniform might be extreme to their creativity, that I agree on. But to allow that in a high school? If a parent chooses to enroll their child in a uniform school, they should have that option open to them.
Debate Round No. 2
sabrina.rav

Con

No one would need to worry about their child looking as though they are going to a club instead of school, because the appropriate dress requirement would be enforced by teachers. Children would be free to express themselves, and if they wore something inappropriate then they would face the consequences of their actions. In fact, an appropriate dress policy is even better than a uniform code because the students would actually learn something from it. Rather than being told what to wear, students would be responsible for picking their own attire(even if this means getting up earlier for some), and it must be appropriate for an educational environment. This is a life skill that these children are going to be needing further down the road when they need to dress appropriately for work or some other social event. The fact that children are learning something while being able to actively express themselves is a great thing.
mollyflute

Pro

I don't believe they would be learning how to dress themselves appropriately. Having a school dress code will just make them feel more restricted. Girls these days can't even wear knee high shorts to school because boys "find it distracting." Girls are taken out of exams and tests because they are "distracting." Because of the way girls dress even with a dress code is "distracting" and apparently their school education needs to be evoked from them until they put a sweatshirt on or get longer pants. Really? That's just wrong. With school uniforms no teacher can say a girl or boy is being "distracting." They are wearing the exact same thing. Yes, we can nurture creativity in younger schools, but once they get older they should know how to be responsible and how to dress outside of school, and school uniforms will help with that. Because they won't be dressing recklessly with their uniforms(because dress code would be enforced) they will know how to apply modesty to their everyday clothing once outside of school.
Debate Round No. 3
sabrina.rav

Con

Males and females work together outside of school. If girls dress appropriately they will not be distracting, and this doesn't mean we are confined to wearing sweatshirts. Nobody is learning what the proper way to dress is if they are being told what to wear. What good will that do? Plus, a dress code would insure that no one is dressing inappropriately. Dress codes that are enforced will teach students how to present themselves in a way that is respectable and modest.
mollyflute

Pro

Yes, but when the dress code is as sexists as it is these days, you'll have girls pulling riots just so they can wear skinny jeans. In a world like this one, we are too restricting of the dress code with students. Trust me, once they're out of high school and in the real world, they will realize that the school dress code doesn't apply to them anymore, and people will dress either inappropriately or how they always wanted to. Either way, I think it is just easier to wear uniforms. No more worrying about getting sent home for dress code when you are already in code as it is. Teenagers are more accepting of a school uniform as it is, and you shouldn't have to worry about what to wear the next morning and be late for school or anything.
Debate Round No. 4
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