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LaurieHouse
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KristinaC
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Should schools require students to wear uniforms?

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Started: 3/12/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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LaurieHouse

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I believe that schools should require students to wear uniforms because it ensures that students will not be wearing inappropriate clothing, such as booty shorts/super short shorts, spaghetti strap tank tops, or other revealing attire.

If schools require uniforms students would be focused more on learning and improving their education, rather then what the cute girl, or hot guy next to them is wearing.

Students will not be judged on what they wear if uniforms are required. There will be no one saying that someone dresses like a slut just because they are wearing super short skirt or shorts.

Uniforms will also eradicate the need for schools to implement the need for a dress code, which students will most likely not follow, or try to find ways around.
KristinaC

Con

Hello there; I look forward to this debate.

Schools should not require a specific uniform as it does not address the issues of appropriate attire but does put stress on the families of students and can cause endangerment for students by marking them as being from one school or another.

Appropriate attire is an issue that uniforms do not fix. As a former student of a school with a specific uniform, there are still ways that students will turn them inappropriate such a hitching up skirts or having underwear showing despite the belt and uniform. Uniform codes also do not teach the students to dress appropriately but encourages students to find other way to get away with uniform violations instead of learning that showing off your body is not respectable. One of the reasons that students feel they can dress in ways that show off their body or underwear is our society's encouragement of sexuality in media and day to day. Therefore students more need to learn how to dress appropriately with their own clothing as that way teaches students that they don't have wear a specific type of shirt or pants to be appropriate or to look good.

Students wearing a uniform does not turn into their focusing on education. Wearing a uniform only creates dissension for those who don't agree with the uniform code which creates an environment where students feel more unhappy with their schools and this in turn causes students to have a rebellious attitude towards the regulations and their authority figures in the school. Being unable to respect the authority because they are unhappy with the environment then causes disrespect for their classes and towards their education.
Also wearing a uniform does not mean the issues of self image will be erased, as people will still find other thugs to compare each other with. In fact it can even cause the problem to worsen when a student thinks they don't look good in their uniform while other people do.

Students can and will still judge other students even based on uniform. While the color of the clothing will be the same not every student will look exactly like another based on other factors such as shape. Students will also easily judge other people for other factors such as their weight and how they look minus the uniform. Uniforms do not erase the problem or offer much solution to students picking on each other.

Finally implementation will actually be increased when a uniform policy is put in place because there would still be the guidelines of color, length, material an what accessories are and are not allowed. An example would be in my own school where the uniform were white shirts and gray pants, but the school's policy were the pants and shirts to be a certain material, and students who wore the same colors but in the form of jeans would still end up sent home because they were technically not within the policy. It was also true for jackets where specific colored jacktlets were allowed (forest green) but other shades like shamrock green were not allowed. Students would still continue to try and wear jeans and other colored jackets despite the uniform an attempts to punish we're turned into jokes for stubborn students.

That said I would like the point out that uniforms can be expensive; there are limits to how many of the same shirt and pants one can buy meaning that laundry costs will heighten if you only have two pairs of each to wear every week.

There is also the problem of students being marked as belonging to certain schools becoming a safety concern. Some students will go to schools that have rivalries with others or have people from gangs in the area looking for people who go to school in other areas. A student waking down the street can therefore e an easy target for other people who have beef with students at their school and that is a recipient for students to be attacked. Even without rivalries there is also an issue of any old stranger being able to tell what school a student goes to just by their dress If they have ulterior motives. Safety becomes a concern when a student's information can be easily discovered.

What I would argue as a better alternative is a dress code versus a uniform policy while certain articles would be banned students would be able to wear their normal clothing. This mean costs for clothing does not increase ashtray would be wearing clothes they already have, students would be taught to dress in ways that they like but with parameters that reach them appropriate dress, students will be happier with their schools and therefore more likely to have a positive attitude towards learning, and a student will be allowed to be comfortable and free from the burden of a uniform.

Also wasn't to point out today females get a bad rap for uniform policy but males are equally likely to dress inappropriately when a uniform policy is in place. They wear sagging pants and inappropriate shirts too.
Debate Round No. 1
LaurieHouse

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KristinaC

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Debate Round No. 2
LaurieHouse

Pro

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KristinaC

Con

Well, In the end I think schools don't need a uniform but they should have a dress code. It'll teach students how it dress correctly in their own clothes versus forcing them into the uniform. There's not too much to add.
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