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Kayli03
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Should uniforms worn in school be a law by the United States?

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Started: 3/4/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 11 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Kayli03

Pro

Did you hear the news? There is a huge debate going on, on whether or not students should wear uniforms to school. Students should wear uniforms to school it eliminates bullying and popularity groups.
Uniforms will eliminate bullying. Uniforms will eliminate bullying because everyone will have the same clothes. People won"t get picked on for wearing something different then other people. Students wont have peer pressure to wear something else that they don"t want to wear. 86% of school leaders said uniforms make "a significant, positive impact on peer pressure," When all students have the same clothes people wont think as other as poor or rich it will be equal.
Uniforms eliminate popularity groups. Popularity groups are mainly based on what people wear. If someone wears sweatpants and sweatshirts every day they aren"t in the leggings popularity group or the "Most popular." "All we kids go through way too much trouble trying to wear the right stuff just to feel normal." This quote shows how people try to buy the right clothes to fit in with other popularity groups. Uniforms will make kids fit in more.
Uniforms are a lot less money than regular clothes. A normal pair of black leggings from Aeropostale is 15 dollars. Now if a girl wants about 5 pairs of those for each day of the week that cost becomes 75 dollars. That is a lot of money to spend on clothes that a child wants to wear to fit in. The money saved off of uniforms can leave more money for extra curricular activities and vacations. "For about $60, you can buy one pair of popular jeans, or a complete school uniform. And for what you would spend on a pair of trendy sneakers ($100-$120), you could buy two uniforms, enough for a school year." This is a great quote. This quote is the perfect way to show how uniforms will save you tons of money. Clothes are expensive, why wouldn"t you want to save your money?
Some people say, students shouldn"t have uniforms in school. They would say that students won"t be able to express themselves when they have uniforms. What are all the kids trying to do today? They are trying to fit in. Plus why do clothes have to be how people express themselves, what about their attitude, or their facial expression? They might also say, students are doing just fine without uniforms. Oh really? Because getting bullied and being left out of is definitially not fine. And they could say, that uniforms are ugly. Since when do you want your kids to look perfect? I know that all my dad tells me is it doesn"t matter is your shoes are old, or it doesn"t matter what other people think about your clothes. So what now, since when did all of this change? Now we want our kids clothes to be pretty?
Uniforms are the biggest help to school in which have bullying problems or popularity groups. Students should definitially wear uniforms to school. Uniforms will eliminate bullying because everyone will have the same clothes. People wont get picked on for wearing something different then other people. "All we kids go through is way too much trouble trying to wear the right stuff just to feel normal." This quote shows how people try to buy the right clothes to fit in with other popularity groups. The money saved off of uniforms can leave more money for extra curricular activities and vacations. In conclusion uniforms are the right way to go to let your kids have a better learning experience.
randomman22

Con

What is a dress code? A dress code is a set of rules, usually written and posted, specifying the required manner of dress at a school, office, club, restaurant, etc. The particular dress code that is the biggest problem in society today is the proposition of uniforms being enforced in schools. School uniforms are expensive and unconventional. Some people believe that uniforms put students on equal ground and prevent bullying and violence. I, and many others, believe the exact opposite. Requiring students to conform to a uniform dress code would be detrimental to the school experience because it would deprive the students of their freedom of expression, it would cost poor families even more money, and, despite this being the reason they have been enforced in other schools, uniforms do not necessarily reduce violence among students.

The restrictions on our constitutional freedoms are bad enough as it is. To have school uniforms take away yet another freedom would be absolutely absurd. Children need to be able to express themselves. It is crucial to their development. Expressing themselves with a facial expression will not work. People can fake a smile. They need to be able to show who they really are. According to a 2015 poll, 85 percent of students fell that they are not able to express themselves the way they want because of school uniforms. Shouldn't we all be able to dress the way we want? If someone picks on another because of the clothes that they wear, then that person probably has issues of their own and tries to hide them through making others feel bad.

If uniforms were enforced, then poorer families will spend even more money. You stated that a uniform costs about $60. In reality, a standard school uniform cost between $150 and $200. That money could go to more important things such as food or utility bills. According to a study conducted by the charity Family Action, in August a poorer parent will spend about 40 percent of his or her income on school supplies. That can get costly. With a uniform on top of that would mean that the family would barely have enough money to pay for necessities. If a family hardly has enough money to buy groceries for the week, then how do you expect them to buy a school uniform?

I know school uniforms came about with good intentions, but, despite this being the reason they were enforced in the first place, school uniforms do not necessarily decrease violence or bullying among students. A 1999 study conducted by Texas Southern University shows that disciplinary incidents among students rose by 12 percent after the introduction of school uniforms. They actually reported that fights became more common because students felt "restricted and unhappy" with the uniforms.

In conclusion, school uniforms are not what they may seem. Along with possibly causing more harm than good, they cost poor families more money, and restrict a students constitutional right.

Thank You.
Debate Round No. 1
Kayli03

Pro

Kayli03 forfeited this round.
randomman22

Con

I will now post my rebuttals.

First of all, I would like to point out that there are numerous grammar and spelling errors throughout your argument. If you are to continue this debating process, I would recommend you review and spell check your arguments before posting them.

Secondly, you stated "it would eliminate bullying and popularity groups." This is not true. There will always be people that are better known and more highly regarded by the student body. Popularity groups are based on more than just clothes. For example, people that play sports are better known and more highly regarded than say the marching band. Basketball players are better known and more highly regarded than say the tennis players. Popularity is not just clothes. Your social activity plays a part in them as well. Also, bullying will always be around. It's inevitable.

Third, you stated that "uniforms cost a lot less money than regular clothes." I did some research and according to greatergreatereducation.org, an average parent pays around $249 for a school uniform. Whereas an average outfit from Old Navy or Aeropostale(information found using each brand's website) costs anywhere from $45 to $50. It would be a lot more cost efficient to buy a few individual outfits instead of school uniforms.

Finally, you have not listed any sources to verify any of your information. Anyone can make up statistics. I would recommend you list some sources to continue with this debate.

Thank you.
Debate Round No. 2
Kayli03

Pro

Kayli03 forfeited this round.
randomman22

Con

Well I guess I will post my conclusion now.

School uniforms are expensive and unnecessary. They do not decrease bullying and they cost poor families even more money. School uniforms deprive a student of his/her ability to express themselves. They cause more problems than they fix. Vote con and have a nice day.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by randomman22 11 months ago
randomman22
If you forfeit yet another round, it will only make the chances of you winning lower.
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