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nalllami
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lucky9735
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Do school uniforms make school a more effective place to learn?

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Started: 7/18/2018 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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nalllami

Pro

School uniforms may deter crime and increase student safety. In Long Beach, CA, after two years of a district-wide K-8 mandatory uniform policy, reports of assault and battery in the district's schools decreased by 34%, assault with a deadly weapon dropped by 50%, fighting incidents went down by 51%, sex offenses were cut by 74%, robbery dropped by 65%, possession of weapons (or weapon "look-alikes") decreased by 52%, possession of drugs went down by 69%, and vandalism was lowered by 18%. [64] One year after Sparks Middle School in Nevada instituted a uniform policy, school police data showed a 63% drop in police log reports, and decreases were also noted in gang activity, student fights, graffiti, property damage, and battery. [25] A peer-reviewed study found that schools with uniform policies had 12% fewer firearm-related incidents and 15% fewer drug-related incidents than schools without uniforms. [69] Another peer-reviewed study found that, in schools with historically higher rates of sexual violence, sexual attacks were less likely if uniform policies were in place. [26] School uniforms also prevent students from concealing weapons under baggy clothing, [38] make it easier to keep track of students on field trips, and make intruders on campus more visible. Frank Quatrone, superintendent in the Lodi district of New Jersey, stated that "When you have students dressed alike, you make them safer. If someone were to come into a building, the intruder could easily be recognized."
lucky9735

Con

I firmly believe that school uniforms should not be used.
Here is a rebuttal to your argument that it stops bullying.
Uniforms don't fix bullying, there will still be bullying. People can still judge students on their weight, what their shoes look like, if their uniform has been worn down, or if their jewelry, accessories, backpacks etc. are of a cheap brand.
According to Tony Volk, PhD, Associate Professor at Brock University, he believes that there is no affect that uniforms has on bullying. "Overall, there is no evidence in bullying literature that supports a reduction in violence due to school uniforms." [1]
According to a peer review study, "school uniforms increased the average number of assaults by about in the most violent schools." [1]
A Texas University study found that school incidents increased by 12% after the introduction of uniforms. [1]

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Posted by ThoughtsandThoughts 3 years ago
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This is a difficult topic to argue as you cannot easily separate schools that require uniforms from private or suburban schools---where students are more likely to come from families of higher socioeconomic status & higher education levels and from families who live in less populated cities (resulting in lower crime rates). Correlation does not equal causation. Of course, the study of the California school district is interesting because it is more suggestive of cause and effect. However, in one-two years, much can change in a city apart from school uniforms. This an interesting debate. Not interested in debating it myself, but if debate.org ever accepts my cell number for verification, I'll come back and vote!
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