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school uniforms. Like or dislike?

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Started: 5/24/2013 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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awesome74

Pro

people cant make fun of your outfit or tease you about your fashion sense.
i say YES!
Militant_Pacifist

Con

I thank my opponent for opening the debate and wish to clarify a few things:
School uniform is defined as compulsory items of clothing to be worn at school.

As "Opp" I will show that any school uniform policies should be abolished.

But first some rebuttal:

My opponent feels that school uniform prevents people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds from being bullied. I can only agree with that that "people cant make fun of your outfit" with a school uniform policy, however the problem of bulling is not fixed by this let"s examine this closer.

Without uniform there are still many socioeconomic indicators, think about the gadgets that children use (these days " wow I'm getting old) if a child doesn"t have the newest PlayStation or phone they would still be teased. These are numerous other examples such as the type of car that your parents drop you off at the school gate in (if they even have a car) and also the accessories that you have belts/glasses ect. So having a school uniform will not eliminate class based bulling.

There are many reasons for bulling at schools beside wealth, without school uniform differences in accent, religion, sexual orientation and appearance will become accentuated. It is kinder to be teased based on your class " after all its not your fault that you are poor and the teaser can easily be brushed off as a posh snob. Let"s compare this with the effect bullying on an LGBT child. On top of the usual pressures such as school work, passing your exams to get into college and university, making friends, LGBT children have the added difficulty of discovering who they are sexually. This is complicated by the institutionalised homophobia within society suggests that homosexuality is a perversion and can be "cured".

Bullying amplifies this hate making it impossible for them to either come out of the closet or in extreme case contemplate and commit suicide. These cases are however not as rare as you might expect 40-72% of LGBT students contemplate suicide.

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk...
http://freethoughtblogs.com...

Given that class based bulling can be easily brushed aside and bulling based on sexual orientation is done so less easily because of the poor support structure in place from school (note the independent article " only 50% of schools seam to actively take action to prevent and point out the wrongfulness of bullying predicated on homophobia.

Now I will move onto my substantive case.

Point 1. Cost effectiveness and effect on the poorest in society

Most children will have plain clothes alongside their school uniform. The idea of a school uniform is that students wear the uniform at school, but do not wear the uniform, while playing or shopping (I don"t know what the cool kids do in their spare time anymore). This effectively means that children will need two sets of clothing. This is going to affect the poorest in society meaning that uniforms will be a great financial burden for them preventing them from saving for college, providing notorious food and this extra set of clothing. Consequently the quality upbringing that the child receives reduced making it less likely that they can go to university.

School uniforms often cost a lot more comparatively than unbranded jeans/t-shirt. Surely it would benefit the poorest if they were able to choose a cheaper clothing option; additionally they could use this clothing outside of school and not just during the schoolday.

Point 2. Effect on learning

Having a uniform policy means that teachers will have to spend five to ten minutes checking in, over a year at school this adds up to hours of learning that have been missed! Our schools should focus on teaching not how the children are dressed.

A uniform policy also restricts a pupils ability to express themselves as an individual this is important in teaching children how to behave within society. But also this is their right: Article 19 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression".

This is an opportunity to bring out a child"s creativity and give them experience in choosing clothing for the day quickly. There is also a deeper point " if we oppress children and force them to conform to this "smartly dressed" they won"t like it and will rebel causing dysfunction within the classroom wasting even more time!

Thank you for reading- vote opp
Debate Round No. 1
awesome74

Pro

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Militant_Pacifist

Con

Continue all arguments!

vote for freedom :P
Debate Round No. 2
awesome74

Pro

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Militant_Pacifist

Con

Continue all arguments!

vote for freedom :P
Debate Round No. 3
awesome74

Pro

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Militant_Pacifist

Con

As prop has forfited this debate I urge you to vote CON!
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by aider 3 years ago
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go militant_pacifist! you rule! -Aider
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