Is it good for students to need to wear school uniforms?Posted by: coleisaacson11
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Well, it substantially decreases bullying, but only in one area: clothing. Many teens are bullied for their clothing. However, you can still be bullied for hairstyle, body, facial features, interests and hobbies, sexual orientation, race, nationality, religion, etc. The list goes on. My school has a uniform, and bullying is still a common occurrence. It unites students in some ways (in my case, it unites us against the dress code itself. Many feel it's unfair). But other major forms of bullying remain unaddressed. Clothing is just a very small piece of the puzzle. Perhaps most importantly, wearing uniforms encourages conformity. In my personal view, that is FAR from a positive thing.
Yes, and it is a small piece that students don't have to deal with when wearing a uniform. Those are other issues that cause bullying and those other aspects should be dealt individually.
So it is good for students to wear a uniform since it eliminates once cause of bullying.
But it's not just a pure positive. You have to understand that with a uniform, students are losing a basic form of passive expression. Even worse is they might start to feel like they have no individuality since everyone is dressed the exact same. Plus as benjamin said, it hardly stops bullying. Bully's will always find a reason to keep bullying, and this wont even mitigate any of that in my honest opinion.
So it is just a fashion crisis? If there is no uniform, kids will start to wear inappropriate clothing. That is the reason as to why my elementary school had to implement a uniform.
Hit the nail on the head. I witness that at my school currently. It's a classic case of freedom vs security. Which do you value more? How do you strike a balance between the two, if at all?
What's worse...A child wearing inappropriate clothing, or a child with a weakened individual spirit?
I do not have a weakened individual spirit. I wear my uniform even on dress down days. I see no problem with a uniform.
You are at school to learn, not to wear short shorts, have exposed shoulders, and open toed shoes.
Of course, I have different views on this topic than the popular teenager view.
Does mindless conformity not bother you? What happened to thinking for yourself? Your clothing often reflects your mental state. You just want to be another cog in the machine?
I do think for myself thank you very much.
I'm sure you do, I'm just saying that uniforms discourage that.
@SamStevens No offense, but I don't know where you go to school that the second freedom is allowed it's taken to the extent of inappropriate clothing, but most schools don't have that issue. Generally because most girls hate being pointlessly sexualized (unless they're looking for that, but even then, they seem to know restraints), and most guys are self-aware of their image.
Ben, cloths do not prohibit people from thinking. Lolpas, It was a bunch of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who wanted to dress like that. As a result, grades 6th and above had to wear a uniform.
It's a uniform. Uniforms are designed limit freedom and promote order. Am I missing something here?
Kids are dumb as rocks. "Freedom of expression" is not hindered because you have to wear a suit as an adult.
@blackkid That is an unbelievably ignorant statement. Please explain Tristan Pang, Taylor Wilson, Tanishq Abarahm, and the likes of them. If anything, you are proving the statement would only be true if your name replaced the word "kids".
@lolpas: It is a reference to the arguments that school uniforms hinder capabilities.
@blackkid no one said their capabilities are hindered, just their freedom of expression, exactly what you were refuting.
Ben, "What happened to thinking for yourself?" A uniform does not hinder the process in which your brain thinks.
Why is freedom of expression that important during school lolpas?
@SamStevens Because it's when a child's brain developing. If they learn the wrong things, such as not having freedom of expression, they will live their whole lives and be extremely difficult to convince otherwise of those wrong values. An example, there were studies conducted where kittens would be kept in rooms with only vertical lines. When they were older, the kittens were released, and it was discovered that they had not developed the ability to see horizontal planes. Likewise, kittens in rooms with only horizontal lines could not see vertical planes.
Well kids only have to wear a uniform during school hours. They are not raised in only a uniform.
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Pure expression of self is the death of conformity
So let me get this straight. Wearing a uniform to school suppresses your freedom of expression? Why can't you express yourself through your thoughts, your writings, your ideas, etc. Aren't these a lot more important means of expression than your clothing? Plus you have the weekends, the summers and after school to wear whatever you want. If wearing a uniform is adversely affecting a child's mental well being then there are deeper issues than what they are wearing. A dress code may be a better idea than a uniform. Having a teenage son and daughter I know the amount of time dedicated every morning to appearance. This time would be better served sleeping, eating breakfast or engaging with your family rather than primping and preening.