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Should students be required to wear school uniforms?

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School uniforms are traditionally favored by private academic institutions, and are now being adopted by an increasing number of public schools around the world. Following many people, these uniforms make schools safer for students, create a level playing ground that eliminates or decreases socioeconomic disparities, and encourage students to focus on learning rather than on their clothing.

 

However, opponents argue that school uniforms infringe students' right to express their individuality, have no positive effect on behavior and academic performance, and emphasize the socioeconomic disparities that they are intended to hide.

 

So, should students wear school uniforms? Why/why not.

 

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  • Comment Link Rihab Wednesday, 24 May 2017 21:08 posted by Rihab

    To conclude, when both sides of the argument are looked at, I would argue that the best solution would be to design a cheap comfortable uniform that allows children to wear individual items so as to express their individuality. Personaly, I do not mind wearing a uniform because it gives me a sense of belonging and makes me feel a bit different from students of other schools. And if you want to express yourself, remember, that people don't judge a book by it's cover. Personality is not what you wear, but the way you act, and what you do. And maybe rather than having school uniform, why not have a dress code instead? This has all the benefits of uniform without the many disadvantages. While uniforms force all to wear the same clothes, dress codes give students a lot of choice what to wear.

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  • Comment Link Rihab Wednesday, 24 May 2017 21:07 posted by Rihab

    On the other hand, there are some negative aspects to wearing a school uniform. Due to the article 19 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression". According to this, some people think that wearing the same clothes all the time stifles their self-expression and remove their individuality. As for me, schools can foster creativity and individuality without getting rid of school uniform. There are many schools with a uniform which still support creativity and individuality with "Child Initiated Independent Learning", and other schemes which encourage children to think for themselves. Moreover, if a school has a uniform, parents are expected to buy it, and then buy a new one every time their child outgrows the last. So some people say, this can be expensive. However, parents would probably have to spend a lot more money if their children didn't wear a uniform to school, because they would have to buy them more casual clothes. Since children don't like to wear the same thing too often (in case they get bullied), parents would have to spend a lot of money making sure their children have lots of different outfits. As a result, you can make a decision which one is more expensive: to buy one uniform or much more different outfits?

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  • Comment Link Rihab Wednesday, 24 May 2017 21:06 posted by Rihab

    As far as I am concerned, there is no doubt that school uniform has a lot of advantages. Firstly, it is believed that pupils who wear school uniforms perform better academically in school. It is true because children are often so focused on their wardrobe that it distracts them from learning. In addition, I believe that teenagers who wear school uniforms behave more appropriately in the school environment. For instance, lots of pupils are often teased because they do not wear expensive designer clothes to school. Consequently, it seems to me that it goes without saying, that those students whose parents cannot afford stylish clothes will feel more comfortable.

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  • Comment Link Diana Wednesday, 31 August 2016 01:30 posted by Diana

    I think it's good for students to wear the same uniform. this is simply because school is not a fashion show. It's a place where you learn. It might take away their self-expression, but I guess it doesn't matter.

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  • Comment Link Marciano Sunday, 07 August 2016 01:20 posted by Marciano

    I think that wearing school uniforms is good because students don't need to show their personality at school. Wearing a school uniform looks polite. If students wear any style of clothes, some of them will wear unsuitable clothes. Moreover, we don't have to waste our time to choose which clothes we should wear and we don't have to spend much money to buy other kinds of clothes. In addition, wearing school uniforms makes students look nice and equal.

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  • Comment Link Emma Thursday, 10 December 2015 00:22 posted by Emma

    Yes, students should wear uniforms because bullying is a problematic issue! Students get bullied a lot just for wearing the non-brand clothing. Just because they're not wearing the latest fashion trend, students feel superior to others and make fun of them for it. It's not right and it's not fair. Certain parents can't afford nice clothing for their children, and they have to wear the hand-me-down clothing from older siblings or other family members. Wearing school uniforms stops students from making fun of students for their clothing, because everybody would be wearing the same exact thing.

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  • Comment Link Bernard Tuesday, 08 September 2015 17:14 posted by Bernard

    I think that one advantage of wearing uniforms in a school is that students feel the same. There is no distinction between a poor and a rich student. There is also no difference between a christian and a jew or somebody from india and pakistan. All students are the same.

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  • Comment Link NG Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:13 posted by NG

    By wearing school uniform, students will be taught to be more disciplined. They will know that they ought to put on a specific clothes that show and display their alma mater's badges on their school uniform, and this will form a positive image to said students.

    Imagine what would be if a cohort of students going to school with their bizarre looking clothes on with some odd fashions that sometimes deemed to be too inappropriate to fellow schoolmates as well as teachers alike?

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