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Teens and kids should wear school uniforms

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Started: 9/24/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I think kids should wear school uniforms they help stop bulling and they look nice.


First of all, by uniforms are you talking about a uniform in which everyone must wear the same clothes (same color, fabric, style) or are they allowed to choose the color but they must all be collared shirts and nice pants? Determining the extent of uniformity will decide how I debate this topic.
Debate Round No. 1


Teens and kids should have to wear the same thing in school school might be for making friends but its supposed to be for learning discipline and manners and learning how to get a job with the things you learned having uniforms takes focus off of what your wearing and puts focus on whats really important...doing your school work so i think uniforms should be a law in schools mostly the uniform black blazer and red tie i think you should agree with me that school is for learning and not focusing on other things America could be one of the top smartest country's again if we learned our manners and focused more on school.


While school is most definitely for learning, it is also about finding out more about yourself and who you are as a person. Being able to choose the clothes you wear is important in the process of maintaining individuality. I do not believe that individuality creates a disruption in the classroom unless it is either very suggestive or inappropriate. Something as simple as being able to choose the color of your shirt is important in finding one's self.

Also, you make the point of whatever you are wearing takes the focus off education, but rather, I believe it can enhance it. According to research done on the subject, there is no effect on academics, substance abuse, or absent days, when students are required to wear a uniform. Students tire easily of repetition, and it is necessary to create diversity in their schooling in order to keep them interested and to be ready to learn.

For your next point, students will get bullied regardless of what they wear. Bullying can happen even in uniform based schools. For example, uniforms can often cost a substantial amount of money, and if the parents don't have the income to provide the same quality of uniform as everyone else, they may get bullied. Bullying will happen regardless of what they wear, and very rarely is bullying focused solely on clothing.

Debate Round No. 2


1. Well 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.
2. When there's no debate on what a student is allowed wear to school, then that makes mornings easier for parents and for kids. Everyone knows exactly what the kids need to wear, their regulated school uniform. This can lead to a decrease in morning arguments.
3. Schools without a school uniform policy still have rules on what clothing is and is not allowed in school. There are usually rules regarding modesty issues, visible logos, offensive text on clothing, gang colors and symbols and more. Teachers and administrative staff must monitor the students' attire. This is of course avoided when all students are in uniform.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. With all the money a parent saves by not having to buy day to day clothes, they can (if they so choose) let their children buy a few nicer and more fashionable pieces for weekends and evenings. Wearing a uniform five days a week might make students appreciate their weekend fashions more--maybe enough to even take good care of them!


In reply to your previous pints made in the last round:

1. Do you have a source for this? I am just curious because the source I had listed the opposite; that clothing had no effect on behavior or academics. Also from my own personal experience, if there is any focus on fashion at all, it happens in the halls or outside of the classroom, rather then when the students are trying to learn.

2. It may make mornings easier, but unless a kid has a separate uniform for every day of the week, then it will be a hassle having to wash two or three pairs of clothing repeatedly.

3. It may be avoided partially, but staff often has to monitor students even more closely due to them having a strict dress code, and any students not dressing in an exact way will be written up. In my experience of going to both a school where a uniform was required, and when I went to one without, I saw way more students being written up for getting their uniform wrong, then when I went to a non-uniform school.

4. Where is the source for many experts?

5. This point is not valid because just as many normal clothes are required for school, as uniforms would be, so you would not actually be buying fewer clothes. Also uniforms often end up being a lot more pricey than normal clothing. People don't often find uniforms at goodwill or any cheap store like they can with clothing. This makes it an issue for lower income families.

6. This point requires your premise no. 5 to be true, which it is not.
Debate Round No. 3


Yes I had a source but I forgot it btw yes school uniforms can be a bit pricy but not if it's a buttoned shirt and tie that could be marry 60 or 30 dollars but most of that would come from the fact that it's the uniform also self experience people do pay attention to what you wear class and hall and uniforms show intruders they show pride and discipline in the school all schools should have uniforms.


I have been to many schools which had pride and discipline and did not wear uniforms. You don't need to have uniforms in order to have pride and discipline.

In the instance of showing and intruder, that is certainly an interesting example. Do you mind showing me an example of where this has happened?
Debate Round No. 4


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Debate Round No. 5
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Reasons for voting decision: Both sides forfeited, nulling conduct. As to arguments, Con actually presented a source for his contention--Pro negated but "forgot" the source. His own assertion isn't really sufficient for rebuttal of Con's assertion, given that Con had evidence in his favor and Pro did not. So, arguments and sources to Con. As always, happy to clarify this RFD.