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Should schools not have a dress code?

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Started: 1/31/2018 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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I don't think schools should have a dress code because some of the rules are ridiculous, Students should be able to come to school in what they feel like wearing. I agree with having the dress code for spaghetti straps, booty shorts, and short skirts/dresses. With off the shoulder shirts, flips flops, ripped jeans, and lace parts of clothing should be acceptable to wear at school. If anyone agrees or disagrees i would like to know why or why not.


What would happen if a Professional NBA basketball team like the Chicago Bulls or the Toronto Raptors, came onto the court for an NBA game and showed up in mixed and matched clothes? How would the players know who to pass to and how would the audience know what was going on? The simple answer is : They wouldn't. School uniforms are the same way. No matter the background, kids get rid of the concept of bullying based on clothes, and then kids can get focused on education.

I would like to interpret this topic: I would like to frame this debate as saying that School Uniforms and a Dress Code are the same thing in this debate, according to I would also like to frame this debate as referring to school uniforms EVERYWHERE , not just in the United States. Lastly, I would like to frame this debate as saying that the school district would enforce uniforms, not the government

Socio Economic level: Equal interaction between kids of all wealth, concerning schools in this debate

Point One: Economic Benefits

The average U.S citizen coming from a non-uniformed school makes about $51,000, according to the According to, the average salary of a graduate coming out of a uniform school is about $91,000. According to statista, uniform schools make up for only 1% of all the school in the U.S. Pro, what harm could School Uniforms do? None. That makes it an easy decision for why we should convert at least 20% of the country’s schools to uniform schools, because at a relatively low cost ($150 per student, according to, we can increase the economy dramatically. As private schools are 20% of the country’s schools, according to, and as there are approximately 5.4 million students who attend them, that means there would be an economic boost of 2 trillion, 160 billion dollars EVERY YEAR if we convert at least 20% of the U.S’s non uniform schools into uniform schools. According to and the star tribune, Pro, the country is in $20 trillion dollar debt. This is an amount of debt that we can not allow. Also, according to and, abnormally high debt leads to a economic decrease of 25% for every added trillion since the ten trillion debt mark. Pro, with the facts I have provided thus far, we can get out of debt as a country in about 10 years and have an economic boost of 25% every year as uniform graduates graduate and take their extremely high paying careers. These economic benefits are directly correlated to the academic benefits I am about to mention from uniforms.

Point Two: Academic Benefits
According to, the best schools in their areas overseas, in Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong, use uniforms to help maintain a focus on education that leads to a 95% better performance then non uniformed schools in their respective countries. In the US, the private schools, which all have uniforms, succeed 75% better than public schools, according to Also, Pro, test scores have improved by 15-20% in schools where uniforms have been implemented, according to

Point Three: Behavioral Benefits
According to the Nassp, there are these following behavioral benefits in schools with uniforms implemented

  • Assault within the school district dropped by 34%

  • Assault with a deadly weapon dropped by 50%

  • Fighting incidents went down by 51%

  • Sex offenses down by 74%

  • Robbery dropped by 65%

  • Possession of weapons (or weapon look-a-likes) dropped 52%

  • Possession of drugs (legal or otherwise) dropped by 69%

  • Vandalism dropped by 18%

These behavioral benefits have in turn made crime once adults graduated from uniform schools decrease by a total of 99% in those individuals, according to Additionally, distinct attire enforces behavior suited to the task. Consider why judges wear judicial robes. Clearly, the judicial system would not disintegrate if judges dresses casually. Nonetheless, it is virtually universally accepted that there is an incremental gain in focusing both the judge and the court proceeding that improves justice. It is fundamental to human psychology that costume reinforces attitude. We see also see this in the practices of the police, military, security guards, airline pilots, nurses (and doctors' white coats), professional chefs, and many private companies, like package delivery services.

Point Four: Creates a Socio-Economic level for kids in school

Kids who go to public schools come from a variety of backgrounds; some parents are rich, others are poor. A kid’s wealth translates into what clothes and items he/she can afford, and this unbalance in the wealth of kids in a public school creates a bad environment for certain kids. Why? Because the poorer kids won’t be able to afford the “latest trend” or as extravagant or expensive items as the richer kids, leading them to feel insecure about what they’re wearing and creates an embarrassing situation for kids. According to the Guidance Counselor at Douglas elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee, “The tone of the school is different. There’s not the competitiveness…about who’s wearing what.” Additionally, The Bureau of Education’s website says, “Schools have fewer reasons to call the police. There’s less conflict among students. Students concentrate more on education, not on who’s wearing $100 shoes or gang attire.” The principal of Porter Tradition-where uniforms are mandatory- states in the article “Pros and Cons of School Uniforms”, “The uniforms were a great way to level a diverse socio-economic playing field. With a boundary change that incorporated the lower middle class neighborhoods… the uniforms change was initially very successful” Why should we ignore these benefits that essentially calms the school down and prevents rich kids from making fun of poor kids?


Rebuttal to: Some rules are ridiculous
A-Shoulder Shirts-
Shoulder shirts are shirts typically worn for style by upper class girls. Therefore, by allowing them, it would make poorer girls feel insignificant. Also, there is a 50% chance they would fall down during psychical activity, which would be embarassing to the wearer.
B-Flip Flops-Safety Reasons. For example, tripping when running in hallways or in P.E. Dropping something heavy on your foot, which has less protection. Working in science with chemicals, spilling those potentially dangerous chemicals on your foot instead of your shoe
C-Ripped Jeans-Again, Safety reasons. If working with a scalpel in science class, and you drop it, it can cut your exposed leg as opposed to your pants
D-Lace clothing-Once again, for safety reasons. Laces can get caught in doors or machines in a science class, posing a serious health risk

Rebuttal to: Freedom of Expression
Pro, according to, the US supreme Court, responsible for interpreting the constitution, have deemed that school uniforms to not violate freedom of speech and expression

Also, Pro has failed to provide any sources and just stated his/her opionion

That said, I wish Pro good luck and thank you for instigating this topic.
Debate Round No. 1


The fact that kids are bullying others on freedom of expression is unacceptable but also kids should have the right to dress in the clothing that they feel comfortable and not have clothing that is only defined for a certain group or type of person concluding on they way the act/ talk/ or behave.
I believe that it would be beneficial for our schools to adopt dress codes.
Although some may argue that this action would restrict the individual student"s
freedom of expression, I do not agree. Our right to express ourselves is important,
but in our society none of us has unrestricted freedom to do as we like at all times.
We must all learn discipline, respect the feelings of others, and learn how to operate
in the real world in order to be successful. Dress codes would not only create a
better learning environment, but would also help prepare students for their futures.
Perhaps the most important benefit of adopting dress codes would be creating
a better learning environment. Inappropriate clothing can be distracting to fellow
students who are trying to concentrate. Short skirts, skimpy tops, and low pants are
fine for after school, but not for the classroom. T-shirts with risky images or
profanity may be offensive to certain groups. Students should espress themselves
through art or creative writing, not clothing. With fewer distractions, students can
concentrate on getting a good education which can help them later on.
Another benefit of having a dress code is that it will prepare students to dress
properly for different places. When you go to a party you do not wear the same
clothes you wear to church. Likewise, when you dress for work you do not wear the
same clothes you wear at the beach. Many professions even require uniforms.
Having a dress code in high school will help students adjust to the real world.
Lastly, with all the peer pressure in school, many students worry about fitting
in. If a dress code (or even uniforms) were required, there would be less emphasis
on how you look, and more emphasis on learning.
In conclusion, there are many important reasons our schools should adopt
dress codes. Getting an education is hard enough without being distracted by
inappropriate t-shirts or tight pants. Learning to dress for particular occasions
prepares us for the real world. And teens have enough pressure already without
having to worry about what they are wearing.


Hello and I will rebut Pro's case

Rebuttal to: kids should have the right to dress how they want
Pro, according to, the US supreme Court, responsible for interpreting the constitution, have deemed that school uniforms to not violate freedom of speech and expression.

Voters, I have sucessfully convinced Con that school uniforms are good. This proves that I should win this debate, because I changed Pro's side

Pro has cmpletley switched sides from his first argument, and converting him to my side. Therefore voters, please vote for me as I made an opposing speaker back down.
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Posted by Gayboy98 3 years ago
I dont think schools should have a dress code, i dotn think students should wear any clothes. Pedo out
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