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Schools should not require their students to wear uniforms

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Started: 7/28/2015 Category: Education
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sara_ann_dee

Pro

Hello and thank you for joining my debate I will be arguing not in favor of requiring students to wear uniforms in schools.

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1st round: Acceptence only (anything more will be an automatic forfeit)!
2nd round: Opening argument / statement
3rd round: first round of counterarguments
4th round: Final counterarguments and closeing statement

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Pjay

Con

I thoroughly accept this debate. You may proceed with your opening arguments.
Debate Round No. 1
sara_ann_dee

Pro

We already have catholic and private schools - usually those schools require their students to wear uniforms to attend that certain school. Then we have public schools - which do not require uniforms. At the current state we are in, everyone has the CHOICE if they want to go to a private school and wear a uniform or go to a public school and don't. Ammendment 1 grants every american citizen the following freedoms: Speech, Press, and Religion. People dress to represent themselves as a person. Their clothing tells peers who they are through expression. How someone dresses is their freedom of speech, because they are speaking of themselves through their clothing. If all schools required students to wear uniforms - then our younger generation will have their CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TAKEN AWAY. This is against the law and is not allowed - or puts a good name upon our country in question - USA. At least where we are at the moment, students have the CHOICE if they want to go to a school that requires them to wear a uniform or not. They CHOOSE if they accept the fact that if they go to a spacific school, then they may not have all of their rights while atttending. Where we are now is fair, everyone have freedom of choice, and the choise of what to do with their rights; and that is what being an american citizen is all about. Even if schools did want to require their students to wear uniforms - where would they get the money to buy such uniforms on manufacture them? You see, if this were reality then it would be a MAJOR financial, and constitution violation and issue.
Pjay

Con

My first contention is that uniforms improve schools overall--
Uniforms, according to a study done by Virginia Draa, assistant professor at Youngstown State University, found that uniforms in schools increased attendance, graduate numbers, and decreased suspension rates. What we can derive from this information is he following. Schools in which uniforms are institutionalized have students who are more academically productive, disciplined and good citizens of the world, and are studying in a safer environment. Children are the future. They are the future business, political, and social leaders of our world. It is absurd to call that a problem in any way.

My second contention is that uniforms are the best solution to bullying--
Bullying is a large problem in schools all over the world. Bullying leads to depression, lower self esteem, academic problems, and in many cases suicide. A study done proves that most bullying incidents occur as result of clothing or apparel. The study shows that kids who may not be able to afford expensive designer clothing become easy targets. Instituting uniforms completely solves this problem. The result of This is a lower in bullying and crime in schools. This helps students focus on their academic, spiritual, and self goals without the distraction of bullies, or worry about their appearance.

My third and final contention is that uniforms are good for the economy--
The popular assumption, as my opponent stated, is that using uniforms would give a blow to the textile industry. However it is absolutely incorrect. When uniforms are put in place families must spend money on the uniforms to wear to school. Each school, district, or state may have a different sponsor who provides the uniforms. That boosts those companies' sales. But, children don't only attend school all day, they also have outside activities or just daily wear. The market for textiles doubles! Uniforms and other after school wear. Not only this, but schools and families will result in a more disposable income. Taxpayers will get more out of their schools because the schools will be spending money on improving education, rather than disciplinary measures. All in all, taxpayers get tenant they deserve, and the economy is actually boosted.

As my clear reasoning and evidence has proven, uniforms are indeed good for children, our economy, but most of all the world. It would be absurd to call uniforms bad.
Debate Round No. 2
sara_ann_dee

Pro

(rebuttal for first paragraph): But how does it decrease such rates? You are stating the effects without the causes. You need to explain each point because it seems as if you are rambling about a random tangent you do not have any idea about. It does not help that you did not provide any citations or evidence. Therefore, who is Virginia Draa exactly? Is she biased? Does her school allow uniforms? What is her credibility? What exact study is that from? Because, right now I do not have a counterargument for this section if you are unwilling to explain your points.

(rebuttal for second paragraph): Once again, WHAT STUDY? It seems like you are making this up. You may want to read my first paragraph again because it seems as if you have not already: We already have catholic and private schools - usually those schools require their students to wear uniforms to attend that certain school. Then we have public schools - which do not require uniforms. At the current state we are in, everyone has the CHOICE if they want to go to a private school and wear a uniform or go to a public school and don't. Ammendment 1 grants every american citizen the following freedoms: Speech, Press, and Religion. People dress to represent themselves as a person. Their clothing tells peers who they are through expression. How someone dresses is their freedom of speech, because they are speaking of themselves through their clothing. If all schools required students to wear uniforms - then our younger generation will have their CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TAKEN AWAY. This is against the law and is not allowed - or puts a good name upon our country in question - USA. At least where we are at the moment, students have the CHOICE if they want to go to a school that requires them to wear a uniform or not. They CHOOSE if they accept the fact that if they go to a spacific school, then they may not have all of their rights while atttending. Where we are now is fair, everyone have freedom of choice, and the choise of what to do with their rights; and that is what being an american citizen is all about. Even if schools did want to require their students to wear uniforms - where would they get the money to buy such uniforms on manufacture them? You see, if this were reality then it would be a MAJOR financial, and constitution violation and issue." " 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. A similar finding was discovered by the Office of Education, Evaluation, and Management of the Miami-Dade County. Violence, especially in the middle schools, increased by a hundred fold after the students were required to wear uniforms." (mentioned below as well).


(rebuttal for third paragraph): What about poor families who cannot afford such uniforms? They cannot afford a certain outfit and therefore cannot recieve education due to their unwealthiness? That is DISCRIMINATION and it is ILLEGAL AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL, as I have mentioned previously. Once again, where are you getting your information from? Please site your evidence. "Pe
ople who are for uniforms say that it promotes social conformity, so the less-to-do don’t have to be pressured to keep up with their well-off contemporaries. Unfortunately, it does not work that way. They still are forced to spend because the school requires their children to wear costly uniforms."


More facts and statistics:

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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. You know you are an adult when you are given the freedom to choose – whether you like this or that. When you were young, you know you are not an adult yet because your parents (aka the ‘adults’) made the decision for you. However, when you are restricted to wearing uniforms in school, you are denied the opportunity to make decisions for yourself. After all, you do not have a choice because the others have already made it for you."

"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. Unfortunately, this case is often seen in girls, who feel ‘embarrassed’ when they go to school in uniforms. According to development psychologists, ladies have the huge tendency to compare how they look in uniforms. This is especially the case when the student sees herself to have a curvy or plus-size body. This also happens to girls who deem themselves very short or very tall."

"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. A similar finding was discovered by the Office of Education, Evaluation, and Management of the Miami-Dade County. Violence, especially in the middle schools, increased by a hundred fold after the students were required to wear uniforms."

"Short skirts can sometimes be too short, that a gust of wind can easily expose your underpants. Some uniforms are made from unpleasant fabrics that will make you itch from the first class to the last class. Some are so badly-designed that they can make the wearer look bigger or pudgier. Yes, there are so many things that can make uniforms so horrendously uncomfortable."

"Those who are in favor of uniforms believe that they are cheaper alternatives, because the students have to wear them every day. That is actually a point of contention, as uniforms are very costly too! In fact, Americans spend about $249 on uniforms yearly. When you compound all the people that have to buy school uniforms, it totals to $1 billion annually. That’s the cost of the Chicago Cubs, LA Lakers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs (each team, of course.) Heck, you can buy the Solomon Islands for $1 billion."

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Children are always taught to break free and stand out. But with uniforms, the schools are actually lobbying for the opposite. Uniforms actually force students to kowtow to the rules of conformity. After all, a pupil needs to wear something that is prescribed for everybody, not something that expresses his individuality.People who are for uniforms say that it promotes social conformity, so the less-to-do don’t have to be pressured to keep up with their well-off contemporaries. Unfortunately, it does not work that way. They still are forced to spend because the school requires their children to wear costly uniforms."

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The First Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees one the freedom of religion, assembly, and right to petition. Most importantly, it assures a citizen’s freedom to expression. Unfortunately, this is inherently violated by requiring the students to wear uniforms. Freedom of expression is not just about saying what you want to say, it’s also about seeking and imparting ideas, regardless of limits and boundaries. Expressing your ideologies, beliefs and philosophies, unfortunately, are hindered by school uniforms. That’s because you are forced to wear something you don’t believe in. You are no longer given a chance to express your ideas, which you can impart simply by choosing the clothes you like to wear."

"There have been numerous polls made to determine the acceptance of school uniforms, and most of them show that students are against them. Take the case of the Harford County Public School students, wherein 87.9% are in strong disfavor of the mandatory uniform system. The parents of school children feel the same way as well. According to the Rasmussen Reports, 47% of parents are against school uniforms, compared to the 41% who are in favor of school dresses. 12% still remain undecided on the issue."

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Pjay

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Debate Round No. 3
sara_ann_dee

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