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should schools enforce a dress code?

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Started: 5/26/2013 Category: Education
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jarret

Pro

I believe that school should enforce a dress code.
Militant_Pacifist

Con

I disagree lets debate!
Debate Round No. 1
jarret

Pro

I agree with dress codes because students act more mature in A Dress code.also, some people think they won't be able to "express themselves". There are other ways to express yourself. Some examples are art, music, and personality to name a few. Expressing yourself doesn't mean short shorts or tank tops. Also, you are at school to learn. Not to be the centre of attention all the time.dress codes help prepare students to dress for interviews, banquets, and weddings. They won'thelp prepare them for society.
Militant_Pacifist

Con

Point 1: Preparation for formal occasions in latter life?

“dress codes help prepare students to dress for interviews, banquets, and weddings.”

How many banquets have you attended recently? I don’t think being able to get dressed quickly for a black tie dinner/event are sufficiently high on peoples priority list to warrant inclusion in a school curriculum. If we take the principle that school should prepare students for every eventuality – Why shouldn't’t schools teach children how to effectively prepare for the coming zombie apocalypse? Because this situations will never occur! Clearly we should spend our time effectively educating children.

School uniforms are very ineffective at teaching us how to dress for formal education compared to other sources why? Having a uniform policy means that teachers will have to spend five to ten minutes checking in and enforcing it (not to mention the paperwork involved in writing letters to parents and taking unneeded detentions). 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.

Maths test: Given 180 days in a school year with five lessons per day and five minutes on average wasted per lesson. How many hours are wasted each year?

180 x 5 x 5 = 75 hours.
This totals to eight and a third school days !

How else could we use the time wasted by School uniform? We could improve children’s IT skills – we live in an information age where being able to use search engines and the Internet to find good quality information is important. Providing time for classes in this would help children in a number of tasks (not least dressing for the numerous banquets that they are having by learning to tie ties from an online tutorial? LOL LMAO).

Another possible use for this time is to give time to special “work experience classes” where children can get practice writing C.Vs, doing mock interviews, perhaps on the job experience with local firms and also pick up tips to help them experience in the world of work.
Clearly these deliver more comprehensive benefits than just a dress code and perhaps we can leave some less important tasks such as “preparing for banquets” to parents.


Point 2: Preparation informal occasions in later life.

While formal occasions like job interviews, weddings and even banquets are important – they don’t come up and awful lot. Most of the time people are dressed relatively casually. Giving students practice in choosing and selecting an outfit is important. Doing so then interacting with their peer group will give the skills they need to be relatively fashion conscious and hence CONFIDENT individuals within society.
Confident people just do a lot better in life – they are able to present and sell themselves during University/Job interviews and are also much more fun and interesting to be around.

Clearly learning outcomes for students can be improved by simply not having a uniform policy.


Point 3: Effect of having no dress codes on learning atmosphere.

“Students act more mature”
Dress codes do not as my opponent states improve behaviour see the study “Effects of Student Uniforms on Attendance, Behavior Problems, Substance Use, and Academic Achievement” by Dr Brunsma – concluded that “Contrary to current discourse, the authors found a negative effect of uniforms on student academic achievement”.

http://www.tandfonline.com...

Why is this? Any sort of dress code is bound to cause some friction between students and staff. It creates a them and us mentality within the class room. After all children would prefer to have no dress code – as more formal clothing are restrictive and uncomfortable. Without this mentality teachers will get more cooperation from their class and be able to teach them better – giving them brighter futures.

Improving the relationship with teachers is of especially important for teenagers who are going through a difficult emotional time. One group of pupils often in need of support and counselling is LGBT students – the widespread homophobia within society make it a very difficult and traumatic experience to come out. Suicide rates are about 112% higher than in the general population (see: http://www.pinknews.co.uk...). It is often useful to have a strong support network – a teacher is a key player in this network who can as well as providing counselling and support can look out for the LGBT child during school. We need to take every step to make sure children are able to approach teachers – eliminating this “them and us” culture is a great place to start.

Recap:
Point 1: Not having a dress code frees up a lot more time for other activities – Work experience and IT skills that can really help them once school is over!
Point 2: Not having a dress code prepares students better for social aspects for life after School.
Point 3: It improves overall learning by creating a friendlier atmosphere in schools which benefits learning and also helps LGBT students (and other students facing difficulties) by building a stronger support network.
Debate Round No. 2
jarret

Pro

jarret forfeited this round.
Militant_Pacifist

Con

I continue all arguments...
Debate Round No. 3
jarret

Pro

jarret forfeited this round.
Militant_Pacifist

Con

I continue all arguments...
Debate Round No. 4
jarret

Pro

jarret forfeited this round.
Militant_Pacifist

Con

Pro has conceded - please vote con!
Debate Round No. 5
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