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Should uniforms be worn in schools?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/19/2010 Category: Society
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Voting Period
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forestmelcher

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I think that school uniforms should be worn in schools and I am looking for reasons to back up my opinion. I am doing this for a class project. Please answer me.
Mirza

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I thank forestmelcher for starting this debate. I am standing as 'con' on the debate topic. Note that I do not necessarily stand against school uniforms in all cases. While my opponent has presented no argument in favor of school uniforms, except his opinion, which is that school uniforms should be worn in schools, I will present arguments against them already in Round 1.

Definition of school uniform: "A school uniform is an outfit—a set of standardized clothes—worn primarily for an educational institution."[1]

-- Arguments --

• Argument 1: School uniforms do not prevent teasing

The argument that school uniforms prevents teasing is not very strong. While it is true that many children are teased over their clothing, it does not mean that a school uniform will prevent this kind of teasing. How can anyone know that a school uniform will look good on everybody? There are so-called "school uniform skirts" that females wear. Exposing their legs, some might expose something that bullies find easy to laugh at.

• Argument 2: School uniforms are expensive

While parents can save some money by refraining from buying clothes for their children to wear at school, the fact is that schools have to pay too much money for them.[2] Some facts can be found on the article (while some of it disagrees with me, the part called "Main findings" is the one that supports this argument of mine). If the schools spend too much money on uniforms, then they will have less to spend on educational materials, such as books. In this case I ask, is it more beneficial to spend money on educational material or school uniforms?

• Argument 3: Restriction of freedom

In a democratic society, people can generally wear whatever they wish to. When schools make it unable for children to wear clothes they prefer, in places where they spend a great part of a day, then their freedom is restricted, and for no good reasons.

• Argument 4: Can be dangerous to wear

Most school uniforms come with ties, particularly for males. Ties are not always safe to wear, because they can wrap around someone's neck and strangle him/her, and the results can be fatal. Also, if two kids get into a fight, which happens quite often, then a tie can serve as a weapon.

• Argument 5: Uniforms prevent "gang" activities

Generally, people who are troublemakers belonging to the hip-hop style, they wear clothes such as baggy jeans.[3] However, the theory that gangs prevent from occurring due to school uniforms is false. In fact, it is good that children can distinct between them and others by looking at the clothing style.

-- References --

[1]http://en.wikipedia.org...
[2]http://news.bbc.co.uk...
[3]http://thebigswitch.files.wordpress.com...
Debate Round No. 1
forestmelcher

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forestmelcher forfeited this round.
Mirza

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My opponent has forfeited Round 2.

I will extend my arguments from the previous round.
Debate Round No. 2
forestmelcher

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forestmelcher forfeited this round.
Mirza

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My opponent has not presented any arguments.

My points stand clear.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by RoyLatham 7 years ago
RoyLatham
Students think that what they need is freedom of expression. I felt that way when I was in high school, and surely would have resisted uniforms. That's a mistake, what students really need to learn is how to focus on the task at hand, which in school is learning. School uniforms work to encourage focus the same way the judicial robes and police uniforms work: they encourage a disciplined mindset for the task. The judge puts on the robes and is there by helped to focus on judging. There is a completely bogus study that purports to show there is no effect from school uniforms, a result achieved by throwing out the cases where uniforms work. The most dramatic examples of success with uniforms are in the Long Beach and Baltimore school systems, successes that cannot be explained way.

The arguments and references are in my old debate http://www.debate.org...
Posted by Rakiela 7 years ago
Rakiela
IT SURE SHOULD, LOOKS SO MUCH NEATER , AN STOPS PEER PRESSURE &&BULLYinG :)
Posted by Kinesis 7 years ago
Kinesis
Oh man, I so wish British schools didn't have school uniform.
Posted by Mirza 7 years ago
Mirza
Correction:

"Argument 5: Uniforms <do not> prevent "gang" activities"
Posted by Mirza 7 years ago
Mirza
Sorry, I have slept for a very little time. It can make me very confused.
Posted by innomen 7 years ago
innomen
Cody_Franklin would be a good opponent for you on this. He's sharp.
Posted by Mirza 7 years ago
Mirza
Are you pro or con? What is your position on this?
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