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Schools should have uniforms

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EdgeOfTheInfinite
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/23/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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EdgeOfTheInfinite

Con

This is a debate on whether or not schools should have uniforms. First round is acceptance. Rounds 2-4 are arguments and rebuttals. Round 5 is counter rebuttals and closing statements. No new arguments.
Witch_doctor

Pro

I accept, and look forward to your opening arguments!

Good luck,
Debate Round No. 1
EdgeOfTheInfinite

Con

1.It hinders creativity and Individuality.
At the beginning of the school year schools usually tell the students that the school supports their individuality. When uniforms are enforced there is no individuality when everyone is wearing the same thing.

2.It prepares children for the worst.
A common argument is that it prepares children for the future. I think it does the opposite. When you get an office job you get a dress code. This is the case with most other jobs. You have to wear proper attire and on Fridays wear whatever as long as it's a appropriate. Jobs that require uniforms are usually for fast food restaurants, janitorial duties and waiting jobs. It's telling kids not to reach for the stars but keep your expectations low.

3.Independence
When a child is told what to do they never learn. They just follow direction. So if faced with a challenge in real life they never know what to do. If you give a child a uniform it stops them from being independent. In the mornings when they get dressed when all they have to do is reach for that same pair of slacks and blouse there is nothing independent about that. When they have to work for a real job they will see that there is more to getting dressed then throwing on what they have to where. You have to make sure it's appropriate and fits properly. You have to make sure it matches. This prepares kids to understand how much time they need in the morning and wake up accordingly.

I await pro's arguments.
Witch_doctor

Pro

Contention 1 - Equality

One of the most obvious argument for school uniforms is that by having all children dressed the same, there is a decrease in bullying and teasing. In this era of status brands and high-fashion trends, clothing has become the definitive status symbol for children and teens. By evening the playing field with uniforms, there is less opportunity for children to be picked on or shunned for their clothes.



Contention 2 - School Spirit and Identity

Many experts believe that when the entire student body is dressed in uniforms, they develop a stronger team mentality. When they are all dressed alike, their all-for-one-and-one-for-all comradery is boosted.

Contention 3 - Simple Economics

Buying a few school uniforms instead of a new school wardrobe every fall is much more economical. School uniforms are designed to stand up to everyday wear and repeated washing so most parents find that they can get away with buying a few sets.

Contention 4 - Unity

Educators and experts who are pro school uniforms believe that uniforms contribute positively to students' behavior. They believe that when students wear uniforms, they feel more professional and behave accordingly. Many educators believe that students can become distracted by fashion trends and status symbol clothing. Therefore, when all students are dressed in regulation uniforms, there is less focus on fashion in the classroom and more focus on learning.

Debate Round No. 2
EdgeOfTheInfinite

Con

Rebuttals
"decrease in bullying and teasing"
So like no. Not at all. Having been in school in the past I can say that this is not true at all. No matter what kids are going to bully each other. they aren't bullying because they don't like Brenda's clothes. They're bullying Brenda because they don't like her. A nerd they call her. It's just ammo for their guns.

"Many experts believe..."
These are the type of things you have to cite. There is no merit to your claims without proper citation.

"Buying a few school uniforms instead of a new school wardrobe every fall is much more economical."
The average school uniform is $249[1]. Yep super economical. Every time you go to school for another year unless you're some rich chick with all the money in the world you don't buy a completely new wardrobe. You throw out a few stuff that's old and doesn't fit anymore and but some new shirts and pants. The average amount of money spent on clothes per month for children is $5[2]. So if you do the math it comes don to much less than the ridiculous price of uniforms.

"positively to students' behavior. "
So no. When I had uniforms at school me as well as plenty of other students were pissed. Nothing positive about that.

"fashion trends and status symbol clothing."
Never has anyone ever said "Teacher, I can't focus on my test because of Billy's shirt." Fashion trends aren't brought up in schools. The most girls at least may be distracted by beauty related is their make-up. Girls get late for class and miss their buses because of that not deciding whether to wear the pink shirt or the red shirt.

[1]http://www.statisticbrain.com...
[2]http://www.statisticbrain.com...
Witch_doctor

Pro

Witch_doctor forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
EdgeOfTheInfinite

Con

It looks like my arguments were stronger.
Witch_doctor

Pro

Witch_doctor forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
EdgeOfTheInfinite

Con

Vote for me.
Witch_doctor

Pro

Witch_doctor forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Vote Placed by U.n 9 months ago
U.n
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