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Do uniforms make schools better?

Yes and no, say the experts. The heated debate over school uniforms shows no signs of cooling off.

By Marian Wilde

For the past decade, schools, parents and students have clashed over the issue of regulating student attire. In 2007, cases involving an anti-Bush T-shirt in Vermont, an anti-gay T-shirt in San Diego and Tigger socks in Napa, California, made their way through the courts, causing many to wonder whether this debate will ever be resolved.

Meanwhile, researchers are divided over how much of an impact - if any - dress policies have upon student learning. A 2004 book makes the case that uniforms do not improve school safety or academic discipline. A 2005 study, on the other hand, indicates that in some Ohio high schools uniforms may have improved graduation and attendance rates, although no improvements were observed in academic performance.

Why do some public schools have uniforms?

In the 1980s, public schools were often compared unfavorably to Catholic schools. Noting the perceived benefit that uniforms conferred upon Catholic schools, some public schools decided to adopt a school uniform policy.

President Clinton provided momentum to the school uniform movement when he said in his 1996 State of the Union speech, "If it means teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear school uniforms."

The pros and cons of school uniforms

According to proponents, school uniforms:

Help prevent gangs from forming on campus
Encourage discipline
Help students resist peer pressure to buy trendy clothes
Help identify intruders in the school
Diminish economic and social barriers between students
Increase a sense of belonging and school pride
Improve attendance

Opponents contend that school uniforms:

Violate a student's right to freedom of expression
Are simply a Band-Aid on the issue of school violence
Make students a target for bullies from other schools
Are a financial burden for poor families
Are an unfair additional expense for parents who pay taxes for a free public education
Are difficult to enforce in public schools

Next page: Uniforms vs. dress codes


Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

07/10/2012:
"i wore a uniform for 7 years. i loved it! in he long run you save money. all you need is like 3-4 cheap polos and a few pair of appropriate pants. thats it. all the people who say implementing uniforms are unfair to poor people are misunderstood. if you have no dress codes the kids would get made fun of if they wore the same clothes several times a week, but with uniforms, who would ever know? and as long as you dont outgrow them, you can keep them for years. as for "freedom of expression" and all that, you can still find ways to express yourself. does it freedom of exression only apply to what you wear? you can still enjoy th things you like, talk about what you want to talk about, etc.. i think uniforms are the way to go! "
07/5/2012:
"I went to private school from Pre-Kindergarten until my senior year (1989-2003) and wore a uniform from Kindergarten until my last year. I actually love uniforms. It didn't fully discourage bullying but it did stop kids from being about to pick on you just because of your clothes. Plus it gave me an extra half hour of sleep every morning since all I had to do was get up and put on my uniform. In the long run, it actually saves you money. As I got older, I never outgrew my uniform and so was able to use the same one every year of high school unlike my public school friends who had to go school clothes shopping every August. The same applied for my uniform from 5th-8th grade. I was never made fun of by other schools for my uniform and I never felt like it infringed on my freedom of expression. The worst thing that came from it was that when I got to college, I was always late my first year because I had to pick out what to wear. If public schools decided to do it, they could e! ven just say white polo with khakis (pants, shorts or skirts). You could get that for $10 at any local Wal-Mart. "
07/2/2012:
"What do you think about mandatory school uniforms? They are mostly worn in private schools that are not affiliated with the government. I think that is fine. However, some public schools have uniforms. I think that is absolutely ridiculous. First of all, uniforms cost money. Because those are public schools, they SHOULD NOT make the parents or kids buy the uniforms. It is possible to pay for uniforms through taxes but seriously, who wants their taxes going to a bunch of stupid same uniforms. The idea of school uniforms I think is unconstitutional. We are in the United States of America! We have the freedom to express ourselves as long as it’s not disturbing! Let’s see. If I wear a shirt that says “I survived the mega roller coaster�, well you can confer that I am brave. If I wear a crazy and colorful outfit, you can confer that I have a wild imagination! If these rights were taken away, we would all look the same and sameness is not good. Because public schools are affiliated with the government, they DO NOT have the right to evade how we express things. Here in the United States, we have a capitalistic economy. Yes, we shouldn’t judge by how much money people have to the inhumane point. But, money does judge what you can buy and what you want to do with it. This is why school uniforms would be contrary to the direction we want our country of “Liberty and Justice for all� to go. To move our great country of ours forward, we need to follow our founding father’s words and move in the direction that will make the freest country in the world even freer. "
06/25/2012:
"Hey ? I want some More Information About It~.. because we are going to talk about this in school in front of everyone .. Thanks "
06/21/2012:
"uniforms are awsome "
06/18/2012:
"I love that my kids have to wear uniforms to school. "
06/13/2012:
"No matter what you wear violence cannot be solved for example, both stfidents Tom and Jerry were White shirts Tom has a stain so Jerry lauphs at him and beats him up. "
06/12/2012:
"Uniforms doesn't even stop bullying at all! It's not making it safe though! And it takes away a student's freedom from wearing their own style of clothes. "
06/6/2012:
"I saw the comment of the person from England and just wanted to reply to their statement. "dont understand y there is such a huge debate in america over school uniforms." In America children have to wear uniform until they go off to college (In your case, university). I'm 16 years old and I've had to wear the same uniform for 2970 days of my life so far. Solid colors; black, navy blue, and white (khaki added in high school or college for you) , collared shirt, no words or symbols on anything. To have children wear the same colors for so long seems to take away character and may even have kids lose their sense of self. I compare to prison. "
06/4/2012:
"clothes arent the only way to express who you are as a person. it can be shown through the things you enjoy, how you talk, who you choose to hang out with. there are many more ways, and clothes is only one of them, Thats y i think uniforms are a more effective way of stressing creativity and originality. wearing trendy clothes shows that you want to be like others. "
06/4/2012:
"im from england and all schools (primary school, which in americans cases would be elementary and middle school combined and also secondary school) students wear uniforms..only wen we get to college and university can we wear what we want....dont understand y there is such a huge debate in america over school uniforms. "
06/4/2012:
"This is a great article.It helps me alot with my debate. "
05/31/2012:
"I beleve that if you start uniforms at an early age kids wont bully other kids insted of maybe starting uniforms in junor high when there not used to them. "
05/29/2012:
"schools shouldnt violate a student's right to freedom of expression. people should be able to express themselves in their own ways, clothes especially. "
05/29/2012:
"I thought that this was a very informing article. I am doing a project for my english class and i want to change our school dress code. "
05/29/2012:
"Some parents are poor and don'thave the money to buy this stuff, and some student get bullied from other school becauseof the uniforms. "
05/24/2012:
"Im writing a persuasive essay on uniforms and at this point i don't know if there should be uniforms. At first i did't want uniforms but looking at all the reason's why we should and shouldn't there is more why we should.So any edvice? "
05/24/2012:
"I go to a school that has uniforms and there is more bullying at this school. I been to 5 school 4 out of 5 of then have no uniforms and the bullying was there but not so bad as this one. After school you see llike 4 fights a day. Kids getting bullyed for not having the good uniforms and having the poor ones which i think is stupin. My best friend is rich but when she does not go to school looking like she is rich she looks like everyone else. But she is a tagret on bullies. My reasons for not liking them is kids cant show who they are and who they want to be. At my school you are aloud to have piercing everywhere you want, but you are not aloud to wear want there want. My option is school show have no uniforms but should not be 100% free. "
05/24/2012:
"no school uniforms people should be able to express their ways "
05/22/2012:
"people should not be able to wear school uniforms because it doesnt let them have freedom show who they are. <3 "
05/22/2012:
"people should not be able to wear school uniforms because it doesnt let them have freedom show who they are. "
05/22/2012:
"I think you should combine uniforms and not uniforms... The students could wear whatever, but not leggings without a skirt maybe. "
05/21/2012:
"I want a school uniform. I believe they instill discipline among the students. "
05/21/2012:
"Wouldn't school uniforms cause more violence within school? Especially since no kid wants school uniforms, this could possibly lead to disobedience from children.. Right? Plus uniforms won't stop gang activity from influencing kids in school, or stop cliques from happening. "
05/17/2012:
"i think that school uniforms are a good idea. ia s a 7th grader i belive that we need them !!!! "
05/15/2012:
"yes uniforms are good ... but they shouldnt be inforced in every school .. becasue that takes away students creativity "
05/14/2012:
"School uniforms benefit a lot to many school.Uniforms is good because it doesn't show that your rich or poor. "
05/11/2012:
"This Helped me with my deabte! Thanks!! "
05/4/2012:
"this is helping me with my debate thank you so much "
05/3/2012:
"I think scool uniforms can be good but also can be bad,the good reason is that kid wont worry about there clothes, but the bad reason is that other kids complain about wearing the same thing as another person "
05/3/2012:
"I think that school uniforms should not be in schools! It takes away kids individuality! And have you seen the school with uniforms? They have no sense of fashion when the grow up! "
05/2/2012:
"this did no help me at all.. -_____- "
05/2/2012:
"that is wrong to put people in uniforms but it is a rule to schools out of the states but is not a very great idea but many people need to stop with the school uniforms "
05/2/2012:
"I actually agree with school uniforms happening most of the comments opposing it aren't really that valid. I am looking for more comments supporting school uniforms. "
05/2/2012:
"When was this made? I need a year. '12? "
05/1/2012:
"I'm currently writing my final paper on this topic. There is literally nothing to write about. Everything is repetitive. "
05/1/2012:
"I'm doing a report on why we should have school uniforms and it is because many people have bullied me over my clothes and with school uniforms there would be WAAYYYY less bullying in my school, also parents would spend less money on clothes for every day instead they only need to buy a uniform and some weekend clothes!!!!!! so YESSSS to UNIFORMS!!!!! "
04/30/2012:
"We should never have to wear school uniforms, all they do is take away our individual style. It helps us be who we are meant to be. Having our own style shows not only us as a person but shows our voice at the same time.. If someone gave me school uniforms I would do my own style the way I want! NO one will ever derive me of my choice of style. There may be restrictions but if you can get people to show who they are and help go against all the dress codes we can ALL make a difference in school wear.. SO help out! Don't just sit there thinkin bout what your gonna wear, 'oh this is to short, this is to skinny strapped.' put it on and let them do what they wanna about it.. "
04/30/2012:
"Uniforms can be both good and bad. The pros and cons make complete sense and the issue depends on the person and situation. Some schools do have gangs and violence and stabbing. But other schools are monitored well enough to where students don't have to worry about that stuff. If the biggest issue is violence and gang formations, then the school needs a cop, not uniforms. My school has a cop and I feel completely safe there. I'm never worried about being beat up or kicked around. I don't worry cause my school enforces there rules very well. Uniforms wouldn't change very much. Probably the only reason to have them is for the bullying and drama about STYLE. Other than that, i don't think it would affect physical violence. Also, the cost of school uniforms. Would they be expensive? How many would you need to buy? Would the parents pay for them or would the school? How comfortable would they be? Will we need multiple pairs for the different seasons? These are all questions i thi! nk one should look at when deciding if they affect you and your financial position. If you had to buy 4 pairs of uniforms for the winter season and the Fall/Spring season (8 pairs), then would you? Do you have multiple kids who go to the school. Do you want to buy 24 uniforms? There is also the good side to uniforms: If they are comfortable and inexpensive, could they focus your child on education better? I think they could. If no teenage girls would wear the short revealing clothes that they did, would male students focus less on them and more on the teacher and the class? Would it stop people from being too quick to judge students before they meet them? If students had uniforms then they would judge each other on character and personality, not style or money! I don't think, however, that gang formations or violence is promoted by clothing. Therefore, I don't see that being a reason to have uniforms. Overall: I personally, being a student myself, don't think that public schools should require uniforms. I am happy with the position I am in with schooling right now without uniforms. I rarely hear negative talk about students clothing. Usually, if it has to do with dress style, I hear students complimenting each other. Before you decide too quickly about whether you are for or against uniforms, do a little research. There is always the different ups and downs of uniforms. Take into consideration the terms of how it will be payed for and enforced, and also study your area and school a little bit. Make sure you know how everyone will react to uniforms. If it will affect your area positively, then go for it! If you don't think that it is a big deal, then why even bother. Just let people be who they want to be. As long as it is done to a degree where you aren't completely shaping students to how you want them to be. Let them express themselves without feeling like prisoners or ! robots. Just make sure that whatever choice you make, that it's for the better. "
04/26/2012:
"I think that school uniforms should never be allowed....they don't help with bullying or anything. All it does is not let students express their individuality. "
04/26/2012:
"Thumbs up to pros and cons "
04/26/2012:
"School uniforms ROCK! "
04/25/2012:
"Well I am doing a paper on school uniforms, and they don't express the style we all share.. We think that school uniforms don't show our voice and they don't show our style. People bully other people even WITH uniforms on, because they think it's who wears it best.. But if we all have our own sense of style, we won't get bullied because your sense of style looks good on you! "
04/24/2012:
"thank you so much for this website it totes increased my grades. We are doing a debate on school uniforms and I am the negative against school uniforms, and schooled the affirmative "
04/24/2012:
"school uniforms are just extra money to the school that struggling families dont have. Students will always find a way to show thier "superiority" to other students no matter the outfit. schools should focus on thier study lessons instead of dress codes. "
04/24/2012:
"every school that involves uniforms ive been beaten up at. "
04/23/2012:
"i think a uniform is very good idea if there is even a chance it will let our students learn more we should go for it #schooliscool "
04/19/2012:
"I like this website because it gives specific pros and cons its great thanks:) "
04/18/2012:
"thank you very much for this article and i couldnt agree more. i think that uniforms are needed in school. if there wernt even more prejudice than before and i dont care what other kids saing that uniforms arent comfortabe the only thing you need to be worring about is getting your educatin u dont have to look nice just to learn. YOUR'E ONLY GOING TO SCHOOL!!! "
04/17/2012:
"Haha I go to a private school and believe me uniforms solve nothing, it just makes everyone judge on how pretty you are instead "
04/11/2012:
"hahahaha are you guys that oblivious? school uniforms will do squat with bullying and gang activity? they will just wear their pants low or modify thier uniform or wear bandannas to recognize eachother kids find ways around everything! if a public school just randomly began to wear uniforms then it would creat a rebelion! not good! so ya no school uniforms! "
04/9/2012:
"Uniforms are totes RAD!!! "
04/9/2012:
"shool uniforms are great because they stop the kids from being and so much compition with each other. "
04/9/2012:
"this really helps me with my school research "
04/2/2012:
"king of true but first one of the ones under According to proponents, school uniforms is wrong every one will find a way do make themselves stand out adesind "
03/29/2012:
"i think that if it was a national requirement the 'teasing' would stop because kids from other schools would be forced to wear uniforms too, so they would be in the same boat. and as for other issues like freedom of self-expression let them customize their uniform a bit like colors, sleeve length, patterns, ect. and dress codes will ether become so strict that school uniforms might as well have been chosen or the schools will grow so tired and strained over it they will eventually stop enforcing it. so over all i think school uniforms are a better idea then dress codes at leased for k-12 "
03/26/2012:
"Uniforms are a great oppurtunity for schools to decrease their violence and have their students more foccussed on their work. I think that without uniforms nothing will be done to stop the distractions and violence/bullying in our schools, as a high school student I see kids being bullied every day for what they wear not just how they act or how they look. To all those who think uniforms are a waste of time and money you need to open your eyes to what students need in their schools. Also to those of you who say it restricts their freedoms/how they express themselves, uniforms are not totally restrictive to hide peoples' personalities, there is still the option of wearing accessories to express their individuality and there are still weekends for self expression but school time needs to be strictly for education. "
03/26/2012:
"School unifoms are not nessary they are wrong in all ways thanks for all the help i enjoy it very much! im team no unifoms "
03/22/2012:
"Thank you so much! I am doing a project about the debate of school uniforms and this was so helpful!! I am against uniforms mainly because they stiff creativity and choosing your outfit in the morning is a good wake-up thing for me. Also, how do Uniforms do things like Improve attendance? Thanks for reading! "
03/21/2012:
"this is prime "
03/20/2012:
"Are you kidding me?? School uniforms will never change the fact that there are going to be trouble makers and rebels in schools! I do agree with the fact of acceptance, but honestly a fancy t-shirt and new shoes will not stop a kid from doing something stupid! Besides the fact that now is a time of self discovery and one major outlet in a person's life is their clothing. Clothes are just one healthy decision that people make daily. Is it wrong to do make these decisions based on who you think you? I don't know. But what I do know is that schools should have no right to take away the main outlet for kids' beliefs and emotions. "
03/19/2012:
"Wearing a school uniform does not take away a childs right to freedom of expression. In a world where there is practically no privacy, ie facebook, twitter, and numerous social media outlets, there are plenty of ways for students to project who they are. Our children need structure and guidance. School is about reading, writing and arithmetic. Not who is wearing what and policing dress codes. It would be far more affordable, respectable and productive if all children were held to a standard of dress. In a climate of hate crimes, teen suicide, molesting teachers and violence, we as parents are responsible providing the most controlled and beneficial environment for our children. Let them express their fashion during the weekends and let them learn in an environment as free from distraction as possible. "
03/19/2012:
"this article is more in favor of uniforms then opposing them i think uniforms force kids to look all a like and that it will make it more thrilling to disobey the dress code or uniform standers mostly with middle and high school students. "
03/14/2012:
"I believe that uniforms should be mandatory in all schools. In schools with uniforms, there has been far less violence than in any school without uniforms. In fact, a study in Long Beach California showed that schools that adopted uniforms had staggering statistics on the reduction of criminal activity. 91% of the crime rate dropped, school suspensions dropped by 91%, sex offenses were reduced by 96%,vandalism incidents went down by 69%, and in grades Kindergarten through 8th,there were 85% less assaults. Apart from that, studies show that in schools with uniforms, students tend to concentrate more on their education. And for the person who commented below that said "I do not support uniforms as long as people wear less distracting clothes" Its almost impossible to control what type of clothes the students wear if there arent uniforms. There wold be hundreds of dress codes! So, I think that in order to make the already terrible education system of the United States better, s! chools would have to adopt the policy of school uniforms and be a little more strict. "
03/14/2012:
"I'm writing a research paper, too, except mine is about how dress codes actually perpetuate sex stereotypes by telling girls that they simply aren't allowed to dress a certain way, implying that sexual harassment would be their own fault. "
03/8/2012:
"I honestly think uniforms drain us of our own thoughts and expression. It's like everyone is the same, and no one is different. I strongly think uniforms are not comfortable either. "
03/8/2012:
"I am writing a censorship paper in reading and language class at my school and one of are topics are if school uniforms or dress codes should be allowed,we need proof from other people to support our ideas. This really helped thanks for putting it up! "
03/8/2012:
"WOW!!! Great article!!! I feel as if is should say thanks cause this will help me MAJORLY in my upcoming debate. I think your article will be my main source!!! Thanks alot, Meave "
03/6/2012:
"i believe that kids shouldnt it is a complete waste of time and if any parents want there kids to wear uniform and force them to that is curle "
03/6/2012:
"Dress codes are stupid and a waste of time. "
03/6/2012:
"I love uniforms because it's easer to get dressed in the morning "
03/6/2012:
""I do not like uniforms personally because usually uniforms aren't cheap and pretty expensive. Since it's expensive, it leads to buying like 3 or 4 outfits for like more than $300. However, you have to wash the dirty clothes constantly which is very inconvenient. Having free-dress is way easier and kids don't have to worry about if their uniforms are clean." "
03/6/2012:
"If you are getting teased, dont think it will go away just handle it or sooner or later it will get worse then suicide comes in. fix the problem urself stand up agianst your bully:) And for you all uniforms do not solve learning or bulling.. Its all self discipline. "
03/6/2012:
"what is the point of wearing uniform if kids can get teased by the way they act or look "
03/5/2012:
"it's very useful. thank you :) "
02/28/2012:
"This website is helpful [along with the article] and now i know i will get an a+ on my uniforms essay! "
02/28/2012:
"I think that uniforms are a waste of money. I don't really get how uniforms prevent violence and bullying at school. "
02/28/2012:
"Doesn't matter I still get teased. "
02/28/2012:
"I think that uniforms should not be required by schools because it takes away the kids independence and freedom to be who they are and what they want to be. "
02/28/2012:
"I think school uniforms are good for school because u won't waste ur time choosing wat clothes to wear :D "
02/24/2012:
"i get teased by another schools because of the uniforms we are forced to wear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "
02/24/2012:
"I do not enjoy school uniforms.... i get taunted by people from other schools because of them. they do not give us any pride in our school. i am embarrassed to go out in public in our uniform. i know that they help to being equall among our fellow students, but they do not make us equall among other schools. we are called the snoby rich kids by the other school because of our uniforms. "
02/22/2012:
"i think uniforms are a bad idea because giving students the choice of what to wear is a way for them to express themselves. "
02/21/2012:
"Very informative with what I needed to know. "
02/21/2012:
"@below. Proper spelling and grammer would probably help your arguement. "
02/21/2012:
"Okay, so I go to an all girl school where we are required to wear a plaid skirt, knee socks, a polo shirt (either navy or white), and a specific pair of shoes. I feel like all of the girls are more focused on their education rather than how they are dressed. Everyone is dressed the same and everyone gets along so much better. For me, I feel like I can really be myself and not worry about what other girls think about me. And it also saves my parents a lot of money on clothes!!! "
02/21/2012:
"Now that I see how the facts about uniform are I understand them and they do make a change for the students at the schools. And parents dont have to spend alot of money on their teens. And more house expences. "
02/21/2012:
"I went to visit a school that I was considering sending my child to. The paperwork stated that the "dress code" for students was "business casual". I asked the admissions person (who was wearing jeans and a t-shirt) about this and she told me that on Friday staff wore business casual too. When did jeans and t-shirts become business casual? And approriate for school teachers? The students were dressed just like all the other kids at the mall. I hope these kids don't think they will get away with this at their jobs, after all Mc Donalds makes their employes wear uniforms. When I was in school we were not allowed to wear shorts (public school in Colorado in the 1980's), pants or skirts only, when my mom went to school she had to wear a skirt or dress. What will our kids say when they grow up. "
02/21/2012:
"Uniforms are not for everyone. I have been to schools that had uniforms, dress codes, and no dress rules at all. I can see the benefit of all three. However, uniforms become a problem when then encroach on certain rights of the students. Recently there was a huge court case in the UK over a Muslim girl's right to modify her uniform to meet her religious requirements. Court cases=wasted money and time. Especially in the US with our diverse population, it is ridiculous to think that we could ever get away with this on a large scale. It may work for some areas, but if we tried to expand it to the entire country it would fail miserably. By saying uniforms fix problems we are in fact ignoring the true problem; you cannot change the behavior of a student by focusing on the physical. Bullies will be bullies no matter what they are wearing. Instead, let's try to actually make effort to change what is on the inside. "
02/21/2012:
"As a low income parent of 2 school age boys, one at a school that requires uniforms, (navy or kakki pants and polo shirts red, white or blue) and one that doesn't I can tell you that the unifroms are a lot cheeper, and a lot more durable than trendy school clothes. They can be purchased second hand, and whatever they make those pants out of they last forever. It was difficult to find shoes, as they had to have tennies with no logo's. I wish they would put a dress code on the teachers, some of the things the teachers wear I would not let my child out of the house in!!! "
02/21/2012:
"Many jobs require their employees to wear uniforms - police, UPS/FedEx workers, Department Store employees, etc., etc. Our society accepts that uniforms are a part of our culture. Nobody is yelling that police officers/UPS workers/department store clerks are having their freedom of speech trampled because they have to wear a uniform each day. When these employees get up in the morning to go to work, they put on their uniform. When they are at home/on their own time, they can wear whatever they want to express themselves. Having 5 teenagers go through public schools I have seen the endless daily battle teachers and staff have with students over the "dress code". What a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. Kids go to school to learn. It is their job. We (the taxpayers) are funding their education. When they are at school, they are not there to protest/exercise their freedom of speech - they are there to work and learn - just like they will be after high school. School! uniforms are a plus and in many cases a must in many public schools. "
02/21/2012:
"I think that students should not have to wear uniforms because they have the right to express themselfs. "
02/16/2012:
"the heads of school districts are trying to control us... the adults have messed up the world enough but still they have control? if the kids got to freely say what we want wouldnt it be much easier som kids are very inteligent but are still left out of the grown up talks over something inteligent? the way i see it the kids are far smarter "
02/16/2012:
"If people want to say that schoool isn't a fashion show, then they should have no problem preventing that from happening with uniforms. Everyone will look the same so noone can brag... "
02/15/2012:
"I am an eighth grade student. I do not agree with having school uniforms. I like to be able to freely express myself. School is for learning.. Not a fashion show. So as long as the clothes kids wear aren't distracting, then there isnt a problem.. I rest my case. "
02/14/2012:
"Years ago I went to a school where uniforms were required. I found that because of the control they have on what we wore, they took it upon themselves to also control who we were. My teachers would even get extremely mad when I would put a circle instead of a dot on my 'i's. The uniforms, as most are, are made from a cheap kind of material, so during the day the students would either be sweating or freezing cold. Also they were hideous and it was difficult to find a place to buy them. I transferred to a public school and was much happier and I learned far more. "
02/14/2012:
"schools need diversity! Someone said on here that students shouldn't have a say in uniforms but WE'RE the ones who would have to wear them! In some schools teachers have more of a right to wear what they want! We are becoming young adults and we should also have a say in what we wear in the morning! We shouldn't have to wear what everyone else is wearing like we are all the SAME! WE AREN'T! "
02/13/2012:
"I think this would stop all the violence in the schools. We need to be protected from the bad people in this messed up world of ours. "
02/13/2012:
"When I was in school I thought dress codes and uniforms were the devil. After having grown up a little I can totally see how we should have uniforms in all public schools until high school then maybe just a dress code. I think that it would be a great start to a much needed reform on our entire public education system. "
02/13/2012:
"this article was so long but veary awsome "
02/9/2012:
"this is a good artile because there are some good reasons for school unifroms in there i now how because im a stundent my self. school uniforms are varry comfuy and fasionble there not all ugly you see somethimes there are more then just school unifroms some times they make you put your hiar in a bun. like here on picturer day they make all the grilss wear really nice buns and the boys hiar has to be groomed varry nicely. "
02/8/2012:
"i think we soudnt have uniforms cause we have the freedom to wear what ever we like and it describes our own personal style! ♥♥ "
02/8/2012:
"I think school uniforms would be super cute! I'm in High School, but I still think that school uniforms would have a lot of benefits! "
02/7/2012:
"no i dont think school uniforms are needed becuase i have read 5 different stories on school uniforms and they all had a longer list of cons then pros but that is because of all the violince and poorer families and all the taxes but the thing i dont understand what the real point is to school uniforms i mean yes the spirit but in my school we have spirit day every friday so their is NO real point in uniforms "
02/7/2012:
"School uniforms would save people who can't afford the name brand clothing the humiliation of wearing dirty clothing to school. Everyone would be equal. The people against uniforms are the popular people who need to dress to impress to keep up their ego. #TeamUniforms "
02/7/2012:
"No Uniforms... END OF STORY. "
02/6/2012:
"I don't see how uniforms would be a burden on poor families, people still have to buy school clothes for their kids. This way they could have less clothes for school that can be rewashed, and nobody would even know that they are wearing the same stuff. Plus for me it would end the headache with my girls of what to wear for school in the morning! "
02/6/2012:
"ok so... everyone is talking about how its stupid its dumb the most thing about it is its our opinions we know the fact and we think its stupid im a 7th grader saying this!!We just think its stupid we dont know when we'll maybe have a chance to not wear uniforms hey... maybe one day some will stand up fight for whats right .If your on the side of wearing uniforms i dont care i just want to not wear them but thats my opinion have a good day!! "
02/6/2012:
""its a free country we shuold wear what we wan't "
02/3/2012:
"wow thanks alot i also have an essay due on tues. "
02/3/2012:
"thanks sooo much!! This's defiantly helping me to get A+ my pros and cons about school uniform due on monday! "
02/2/2012:
"This article was very helpful to me. I am using information bits from here to make an outline. p.s. I agree that the very first comment is entirely true. GO EASTWOOD EAGLES!! "
02/2/2012:
"I'am doing an asignment for school on why should students wear Uniforms and i think it might get me an a on this page thanks oh and i would like to without Uniforms i'm on that side just saying!!! thank you!! "
02/2/2012:
"I'm wearing a uniform right now in school. Uniforms seem stupid until you are actually forced to wear them. Granite, there still really bad but it's one of those things you'll never understand until you have to do it. My overall opinion on school uniforms being worn by students in public schools will always be that it is unnecessary and it is against freedom of speech. "
02/2/2012:
"This article was very helpful to me. I am using information bits from here to make an outline. "
02/2/2012:
"the very first comment is entirely true "
02/2/2012:
"If you read the last comment, respond back and put your opinion. Thanks! "
02/2/2012:
"I think it is good to have school uniforms but students should have a say in what they wear. Maybe for the first week at school you have an opportunity to vote on three different uniforms to wear during the school year. Then by the next month of school you are required to wear the most, for lack of a better word, popular uniform, giving families time to purchase the uniforms. This way yeah you have to wear uniforms but at least you do not have to wear skirts that reach your ankles or pants that go up to your rib cage. "
02/2/2012:
"school should not make children/teens wear uniforms that they have no say in. as for gangs, dude im in the riverview school district and guess what? there are gangs hanging around but those people ar out of school! or they dropped out so the gang things not really a big problem, that is unless you live near a powerline that has shoes hanging on it. then well . . . . . . . "
02/1/2012:
"this article helped but uniforms are mainly stupid. If you wear uniforms and are reading this, im truly sorry for you. fight to make it right! "
01/31/2012:
"I'm doing this little debate thing at school (we're not really going to have/stick with not having school uniforms, it's just kinda for fun) for uniforms, and this helped me a lot. I've put quotes, pros (because I'm for uniforms), and more. Thanks for all the info! "
01/30/2012:
"me personly don't wont to have a uniform, but it would be alot beter for a school because of what is stated above but i mostly think that it would help the crime rate in a school to drop increasingably so it would be verry good to have a uniform but it wouldn't feel right. "
01/30/2012:
"school uniforms do not stifle individuality i am pro uniforms "
01/30/2012:
"yes because it prevents gangs preforming on campus "
01/30/2012:
"i think uniforms are fine. i really think people will start following school rules and focus on their work more. "
01/30/2012:
"i think students should where what ever they want!!!!!!!!!!!!! "
01/27/2012:
"we shouldn't have school uniforms in school, we should be able to wear what we want. "
01/27/2012:
"I think uniforms are okay. You can't judge them unless you wear them. Some schools at least let the students wear accessories so that they are still their unique selves. So don't go saying "O well uniforms r bad becuz i don't get 2 express myself! if we don't get 2 expres ourselves, den wat is da point in going 2 skool??? <3" because obviously, if you are typing like that, then there IS a point in you going to school. Because obviously you didn't pay attention in English class. "
01/26/2012:
"I think studenst should wear these uniforms. Itis easy for me (parent) to get to it in the morning and I don't have to spend $60.00 on another pair of jeans for my two daughters and son. It will stop the bullying at school and it if you are wearing the same thing the students cant say nothing because they are wearing the same thing. "
01/26/2012:
"what if school administration would allow students to give there opinon and let the students vote on which uniform would be worn? ive noticed that most students are upset only because they feel their decissons are being takin away but in reality the only thing that would be happening is the same thing an employer would do to an employee. i wear a unifrom to work and i work at a hospital. i dont get how students would have such a big problem with it except for that person having a temper tantrum. you never know it could be the best thing that ever happened at your school. "
01/25/2012:
"I personally do want uniforms. That way people won't be made fun of by the way they dress. Everyone will feel equal. I want everyone at my school to be free of any thoughts regarding bullying. "
01/25/2012:
"this is a good web site "
01/24/2012:
"I do not think we should wear uniforms ecause we need expression. We should not have to wear the same thing every day.b "
01/24/2012:
"my school doesn't require school uniforms (thank God!) I used to go to school wear we had uniforms and it was horrid. P.S. these comments are like 200 times as big as this article. You should delete some. "
01/24/2012:
"im going to a high school next year that has the ugliest uniforms in the world theyre plaid and the worst colors ever but the school has one of the highest graduation rates in the state so theres definitely a good reason for having the uniforms... "
01/23/2012:
"Uniforms = no bueno . "
01/23/2012:
"its sumthin easy to put on in the mornin :) "
01/23/2012:
"Uniforms are a violation to a student freedom of expression. this has been a promblem for a long time. "
01/23/2012:
"I attend an all girls school where we are requried to wear a uniform.White short sleeved polo shirts with our school's logo.light pink ,white or mazie(light yellow) cardigans or thicker button up sweaters.kaki pants or knee length a line skirts.in the colder monthes you can cover your legs with white leggings that go down to your ankes.you can wear kaki walking shorts when deemed warm.gym clothes are plain white tees and light pink mesh shorts "
01/23/2012:
"Comment below, before you talk about other people look at your self ... your a kid you use horrible grammar and punctuation.Second I've been in a school with school uniforms and didn't have school uniforms it doesn't matter same thing happens in both schools.... and I'm popular and a "nerd".The school with the uniforms was on the news for a STABBING at their school...... looks like the other one hasn't "
01/20/2012:
"i think school uniforms are a great idea. some students think its not a good thing but these are words coming from a student herself. i am a student at Broadview Middle School in Danbury and ive seen many cases were a uniform may definatly be needed. im not a nerd or one of those over achieving kids. students go down hill lots of times because they only come to school to see their friends and socialize. to them its not even about learning anymore! i dont want the school to sound bad but boys are getting pantsed and the girls' skirts are so short you can see up them even when your not walking up stairs! i am a seventh grader, and many kids dont know what they want to do in life at my age, and thats ok. not everybody has to. but isnt it good to once in a while keep suggestions in mind? well for me, im not nerdy, im actually pretty popular. but that doesnt matter. in life i already know what i want to do. i want to get my masters degree and go to Julliard! and the reaserch on ! school uniforms can very much help and back me up on m theory. not every person thinks like me but i know that some people out there agree. adults would agree with me even more because i actually expirience the monstrosity of inappropiate clothes, and the oddasidy of some to say its not innapropiate. "
01/20/2012:
"yes,i agree that uniforms should be allowed "
01/20/2012:
"This is ridiculous! Whats the point of this?!? Students do not have any say what so ever!!! "
01/20/2012:
"i think school uniforms are good so kids well not wast all there time looking wat should i put on for school "
01/20/2012:
"The uniforms would only minimally discourage bullying at school and wouldn't help parents save money. Students see each other outside of school all the time in extracurricular activities and at each others houses where the uniforms would not be required. Students would still be asking for all the same clothes to fit in to the newest trends. I myself as a student know this quite well. "
01/19/2012:
"I believe school uniforms could help prevent bullies. The bullies couldn't make fun of the other kids because they are wearing the same clothing. "
01/19/2012:
"I think they should add a page with not about wearing uniforms and how it helps "
01/19/2012:
"This Just Upsets me the wrong way... Dress Codes are a waste of time because students are just going to ignore them and their teachers rules and uniforms are to uptight and dont alow us to really find out who we are. its that whole self expression toppic that is a hott button issue for me. but kids are justing going to wear what they want anyways. your only young once, so have fun with is and if you look like a freak thats their own embarrasment, aslong as they are happy with the way they look! "
01/18/2012:
"Dress code is a wast of time. kids are just going to to against it and teachers are just going to get mad at us because we are breaking the rules. If they change it to so that we don't have to wear our dress code their would be less people getting in trouble because they are not in dress code duhhhhh well i guess the teachers don't get that when they say express yourself that mainly means for us- what clothes we wear. "
01/18/2012:
"ok i think school uniforms i not fair to kids. How are kids suppose to act like kids if they can't wear what they want. Adults always say to express yourself...well how do you suppose we do that if we are not allowed to wear what we want. I don't care it there is code to go with but a uniform is just not right. Our parents have to pay more money for the uniforms in many ways. Fist one is the uniform itself. Our parents have to go out and buy the clothes to wear for the school that is less money to go towards things we need for the house or things we just need in general. Second, they have to pay more money for the soap they wash them with. We change out clothes when we get home then at night we change into more clothes to wear to bed, that means more laundry soap, which mean that is less money in out parent's pocket. So in conclusion i have to say that i disagree greatly with uniforms (or dress code) because of the reasons above. :) "
01/18/2012:
"you could write things on your uniform witha marker. "
01/18/2012:
"School uniforms are just a distraction from the real problems. Everybody waste time talking about what colors, pictures and what not should be allowed while real educational problem are ignored. These rules are invented by people with controlling issues and enforced by petty administrators. You know, it will teach those little brats some discipline. And the playground looks so cute if all the kids look the same. Occasionally, they are brought up by well meaning do-gooders searching for a silver bullet. Which is about it. I'm not saying that they do some great harm (except for poor families). They are irrelevant, arbitrary and pointless. "
01/18/2012:
"we should use school uniforms!!!!! "
01/17/2012:
"As a student, I enjoy my freedom to express myself. Uniforms are a tad restricting, as they hamper my ability to show my true colors. "
01/17/2012:
"Shouldn't we ask the children what they think? They will be the ones wearing them. "
01/17/2012:
"legally speaking, if we were to walk on a school campus in casual/everyday clothes, the school couldn't do anything, even if you are a student. you aren't breaking any laws, and the schools, as federal property, should reconize that. im not saying let them wear whatever they want, there has to be some rules in place, but uniforms should not be required. consider this. my school was fairly lax on uniforms. we had one, but they weren't to strict on jackets and shoes and such. now, they suddently decide to be real strict-one kid was suspended for wearing a hoodie, even though it was 25 degrees, for another school-in the middle of the year. they send kids to i.s.s because the bottom of there shoe is a different color. they only let us wear 4 colors-blue, black, white and, for pants, khacki. tehy only let 2 colors for blazers- black and gray. and the got rid of every dress down day. and this is in the middle of the year. but one of the better schools only requires you to wear your i.d card on a lanyard. "
01/17/2012:
"I definitely believe in students using uniforms. There is less bullying for who wears the best clothes, specially between girls, there are no kids identifying with certain gangs, or expressions of agreements or disagreements for politics, religion, gays,etc. There is an even dress code, parents spend less in clothing and accessories, expensive sneakers or shoes, what to wear for school issues every morning. Uniforms should be applied to teachers also, since it's less expensive, more comfortable and has an even dress code. I am a teacher for 15 years and I have seen the difference in distraction in the classroom, students being rejected because of their dressing, parents spending more money to please their children, even kids stealing clothes and or accessories to fill in a group. Getting distracted asking where did they buy what they are wearing or ridiculing others for their way of dressing. I have seen teachers dressing very inappropriate clothes for school, either overd! ressed or poorly dressed. Kids look at teachers as models and when they see that the teachers does it, thy conclude they can also do it. "
01/12/2012:
"The concern that I have with uniforms is that the school district forces everyone to look the same, even though students' body shapes and color & style preferences are not the same. The "leaders" want to push teachers to provide differentiated instruction for students, but they have little concern for the whole child. They are so much more that white shirts and khaki pants. Uniforms help hide children who go under the radar. Uniforms corner students to use their bodies as fashion with tattoos and piercings (anyone research that correlation). "
01/12/2012:
"This is an outstanding article. I am writing a paper for school on this issue and I have found a good amount of information I need from this site. Thank you "
01/12/2012:
"Uniforms yes and no. My opinion depends on the child. My daughter is very conservative, she wants to be a Vet, or a Doctor. She goes to a very conservative school with a uniform and strict dress code (Hair length, jewelry, make-up) which is enforced. She 'hates' her uniform but chooses to wear it on days when she has the option not too. My son is very liberal. He wants to be a graphic designer. He chose a school that has a very liberal dress code (He wears a pin striped fedora and his fedora wears a green fuzzy fedora called his hat's hat seriously). If my son had to deal with the restrictions that make my daughter comfortable at school, he would be very distracted and uncomfortable. My children have each found a school where they feel challenged and are enabled to succeed. "
01/12/2012:
"i love uniforms "
01/12/2012:
"I think dress codes should be more in forced in schools . There should be a right for chikdren to have freedom of what they wear , but here needs ti be limits . "
01/12/2012:
"School uniforms take away from what we as people have to express. We wont be able to express who we are if we have to wear uniforms!! <3 "
01/11/2012:
"This is one of the best articles I have read and it is very intresting. "
01/11/2012:
"Most of the proponents' claims for school uniforms is pure bunk. Where gangs are a serious problem, they may be appropriate, but most schools implementing uniforms don't have a gang problem (or won't admit to it). The "fashion pressure" argument just isn't true at the elementary or middle school level (perhaps applicable for high school, but that's not where uniforms are usually required). Unless the children wear their uniforms everywhere (e.g. on weekends), uniforms impose purchase of two sets of clothes on the parents (more expensive, not less). Mandatory uniforms in public schools are illegal in California, which most people don't realize. California state law requires an "opt-out" option in all public schools, without exception for any reason (nothing you signed to get into the school prevents you from opting out after you are in). "
01/11/2012:
"Oh boy do i love unicorns. we should where unicorns in all of our school and that way we wont get distracted by the other girls clothing. i hoop this comment will help you if your doing an essay "
01/11/2012:
"Students could express themselves by wearing different things, its not fair to have them wear the same outfit everday. That's like thinking inside the box. "
01/11/2012:
"i think uniforms have no sense to be a problem people dont have to make a big problem its a YES OR NO as easy as that. "
01/10/2012:
"I think uniforms give then a sense that they are part of something. My children's principal said that there is definitely a change in the kids behavior on days they don't wear their uniforms. I think it's more expensive to have to buy regular clothes throughout the year. Plus, have you seen the way girls dress these days? That is definitely a distraction for the boys! They have the rest of their lives to express themselves. That is the problem with our youth today, they have no sense of discipline. "
01/10/2012:
"I think uniforms are stupid.. i think kids/teens should have there own style and how would they show there style if they are stuck with nasty boring uniform...all u can show is your hair style or shoes but most private schools have a policy on different hair color and u cant wear ceartan type of shoes so basically the kids have no life and there gonna blame it on us parents.. if your child is getting bullied at school then move him/her out to a public school.. but tbh kids get bullied there to on the way they look smell all the little things that can make a kid cry so before you start saying something about uniform stuff think about what might happen when every school gets uniform.. most of the kids are gonna go crazy "
01/9/2012:
"Uniforms may not make better schools, at least not directly, but they will certainly make better students. When little Katie doesn't have to worry that her dress of the moment is not up to par with Janie's designer dress, and when John doesn't have to compare his $100 jeans with Harry's $200 jeans with the holes in them, maybe they will have the freedom to think of the lesson and the homework. Designer clothes can be worn after school and on weekends if it's so important to the status-conscious parent, because it IS the parent's attitude that guides the child. If Mummy feels guilty for not being able to buy up-to-the-minute frills for her precious, then it's Mummy's problem and she needs to work on it. Incidentally, three pairs of uniform pants and six shirts, socks, shoes, and a belt will get a kid through the school week with a spare outfit, and the cost will be well under $150. So little Katie or Johnnie can still buy their designer originals to express themselves ou! tside school grounds. Incidentally Albert, Einstein attended a school that was run in a restrictive quasi-military fashion with strict discipline the likes of which our little darlings have not imagined, much less endured. He grew up to become among the greatest geniuses the world has ever known. The same is true of many of our greatest thinkers and educators. If you want to raise bright children, raise them to use their brains, not to envy their neighbors' Hilfigers and Laurens. "
01/9/2012:
"It was far cheaper when my son wore a uniform, so I'm not understanding the concept of it being more expensive. Now if he does not have name brand everything, he's not cool, talk about ridiculous expense. I used to wear a uniform, it was great. Got up in the morning, knew exactly what i was going to wear (Time savings too) and there was no fashion show to contend with. Definitely in favor! "
01/9/2012:
"Too many parents are worried about their children's so-called freedom of self-expression. The fact is, when all children wear uniforms, it's their brains that will enjoy the freedom of self-expression, as they won't have to worry about the designer dress or $50 torn jeans. They can use their eyes to see and ears to hear what the teacher is trying to teach, and they can express themselves all they wish outside the school grounds. Schools are for learning, not for comparing Lauren to Hilfiger. "
01/9/2012:
"this helped alot "
01/9/2012:
"Uniforms are absolutely ridiculous. I have to buy my daughter 2 separate wardrobes each year, which is a huge expense. Schools are way too strict with the uniforms, too. Shirts must be tucked in, belts worn, socks a certain color, shoes dark, jackets must be a certain color with no print. It goes on & on. It seems the schools are more concerned about these stupid uniforms than giving my child a good education. I think they should do away with uniforms in public schools. Don't we get nickel & dimed enough? "
01/9/2012:
"Even everything in life we have "good" and "bad", Uniform will be good even for people does not have money, because will avoid sometimes kids wants to buy "trend" to go to the school, Uniform is simple and everybody will be the same. "
01/9/2012:
"I wore a uniform when I attended school in Pakistan. The only negative aspect of it that I remember is that boys had to wear ties in winter and I hated that. The most positive aspect was that of the sense of equality among the students. "
01/9/2012:
"The United States has experts in public education? "
01/9/2012:
"Our children have attended public schools over the years where there is a "dress code," but no uniforms. I grew up attending a non-catholic school where uniforms were required, and our youngest children were briefly able to attend a school where uniforms are required. Our circumstances changed and required a move where they are now attending public schools, and I would be thrilled if there were a uniform policy in place. Although they are presently in elementary school where the clothing most are wearing is acceptable, it becomes increasingly important toward middle and high school where students often wear current fashions that truly have no place in a school or business or professional environment. Based on my own experience growing up and the experience I have had as a mother of 7, I feel that uniforms are a huge plus. It is simply not true that they are more expensive. If anything, they are less expensive overall. Most schools that require uniforms also have a "resale" program that makes the uniforms more affordable than any store bought clothing. Many public school's presently require students to complete work on computers, which are far more expensive than uniforms. I am sure there would be a program in place to assist in providing uniforms for those who sincerely need the help. I believe that uniforms help teach responsibility in dressing appropriately for school and future positions upon graduation. The uniforms today seem to offer some variety and some choice options, usually including athletic wear for "gym days," and clothing appropriate to weather changes. Most importantly, as we hear almost daily of extreme situations where "bullying" is behind many tragic losses of our children, it eliminates one of the prime opportunities for this teasing and bullying, as children are often criticized by their peers for what they are wearing. I can attest to this not only through all I read, but through first hand experience. Wearing a uniform helps allow the students to direct their focus toward the classroom teaching, rather than being distracted by what their classmates may (or may not) be wearing. I feel that the statement you quoted from President Bill Clinton sums it up. If it saves even one life, it is worth it. "
01/9/2012:
"Schools with school uniforms are my best choice. As a matter of fact, my child will be leaving his current school for not using school uniform "
01/9/2012:
"I don't think uniforms are bad or good, but I do think there should be a dress code. I think kids should be restricted to wearing clothes that fit into a category, like jeans, khakis, 2 inches above the knee length skirts, tanks and Ts without graphics, button downs, golf shirts, V-neck, crew neck, and cardigan sweaters, anyway something along this lines of limited wear. It does diminish economic differences, reduce the amount of clothing needed to purchase and reduce pressure to buy and dress trendy. In other words a dress code would benefit everyone and allow some room for individuality. "
01/9/2012:
"Every argument aginst uniforms are not only weak but clear cop-outs and obvious reasons why some public schools will never get their act together. Below I review each of the opposition's arguments: 1. A. Violates freedom of expression. Reply- What good parent would think that fashion is an important form of expression? How much is a child worth when some parents let their child express themselves in gang attire? 2. A. Uniforms simply are a band-aid on issues of school violence. Reply - No one is saying having students dress in uniforms will stop violence on campus however dressing in aggressive gang attire invites violence. Encouraging fashion popularity encourages stress with students who cannot afford certain fashion designs or are not allowed to dress in questionable gang or provacative attire. Uniforms prevent turmoil in the homes where parents cannot financially keep up with their neighbors. (Depicted in the movie "Mean Girls," where cliques like in many public schools flourish). 3. A. Makes a student a target for bullies if dressed in uniform. Reply - Like what bullies? Bullies from public schools where violence is some areas bred? Why would anyone want to pick on a child dressed in school uniform? Also kids dressed like gang wannabes have been shot at and even killed. 4. A. Uniforms are a financial burden. Reply - Most ignorant statement of them all. Target, Walmart, Costco all sell uniforms at cut rate prices below the cost of fashion and even much normal school wear apparel. Uniforms can also be traded or passed down as many parents do with their children. 5. A. An unfair expense. Reply - Even weaker argument. Kids need to arrive to school clothed. Most schools who have basic uniforms generally seek clothing that can be bought at below cost. Even our local Goodwill and Salvation Army clothing stores provide assistance. No one is sent away from a typical parochial or public school because they cannot afford a uniform. There are even schools that help out with shoes if necessary. 6. A. Uniforms are difficult to enforce in public schools. Reply - Only the weak public schools where everything including homework, attendance, tardiness and classroom management are difficult to enforce. Many public schools institute a rule and then do what they do often- don't enforce it. This is why public schools with no backbone often fail especially in inner city school where the kids need adults to look up to the most. I have taught for 40 years 12 in parochial schools and 28 in public schools. The kids are basically the same most with solid home values whether inner city or suburb. What changes some children make depend on weak or strong leadership especially at the classroom level and certainly at the district levels. "
01/9/2012:
"Fashion is how I express myself. I'd literally cry if I had to wear a uniform to school. It's like loosing a best friend. "
01/6/2012:
"Thanks! This also helped with my note taking on the pros and cons of uniforms! This info should really get me and A+++!!!! "
01/6/2012:
"i loved this it helped me get some much needed info on a paper I am doing "
01/6/2012:
"i love this article! it helped me so much with my essay! thanks so much! i agree with alot of the points made in here although i dont agree with uniforms. i also dont think hat a dress code is really necassary i mean if an outfit was innappropriate then something should be done about it. im in eigth grade and i love trying different things with my hair makeup and sometimes clothes. im currently dying my hair red! :) if i went to catholic or even public shool where there uniforms i would hate it! kids need to be able to express themselves. i dont know what i would do if i couldnt, if you dont want teasing in your school then fix the problem not punish the kids. my school has assemblys and our teachers in homeroom talk about different charecter education traits every month and there are barley ever any major incedents with bulling in our school, although our middle school only has about 300 kids and everyone has known eachother since kindergarten there is stilll some teasing b! ut not nearly as bad as what it could be! "
01/6/2012:
"No uniforms! "
01/4/2012:
"i believe that every school, should be able to have school uniforms because unlike some childrens parents they dont have enough money to be wisting to buy there kids clothes every day or week and then they run out of money and things they need to buy for there house hold and then they will start struggling and other parents wouldnt care because they have money and they have cash coming in and out everyday to buy clothes and keep food and the household and pay bills and things like that without stryggiling because they have enough money to do all of that but other parents dont and for those parents i believe that there kids should wear uniform because it will be cheaper and make things easier for the parents and thats why there should be a uniform policy in every school "
01/4/2012:
"I really think school uniforms are good, cause everyone feels like they belong, no ones feels poorer than another kid. It's like you all come from the same place with the same kind of Swag, not having someone tell another kid "you aint Got no Swag" every day is a relief. I like uniforms cause I don't have to worry about what to wear to school that morning >.< "
01/4/2012:
"i cant understand while people are worried about clothing your at school to learn not socialize!!!! but if it was me im all for both. "
01/4/2012:
"i hate uniforms "
01/4/2012:
"my school wears uniforms but we get dress down days too. "
01/4/2012:
"i use to wear uniforms like you then i took an arrow to the knee "
01/4/2012:
"my school welcomes everyone. we do not need uniforms "
12/22/2011:
"i have been wearing unforms for quite some time i understand that in this economic situation its hard to pay for new clothes but its not that much difference with uniforms they do not prevent bullying because it has nothing to do with its a lcak of self eesteem on both sides of the bullying but kids do need to feel free to express themselfs but they also need to focus on school because school isnt a fashion show its a learning place but i belive that kids deserve to express thems selfs gangs and bullying can form any way with or without uniforms the uniform rule is to me will alway be debated but honestly id rather live without them because i have alot i cant expressbecause of bullying all i know is that kids keep on leaving your opinion because if we continue people are gonna notice because what kids have to say is important KIDS RULE "
12/22/2011:
"This is great information but i need more recent STATISTICS "
12/20/2011:
"Granted, school uniforms do indeed "level the playing field" but there is one major glitch in this idea. This being that the playing field is NOT equal in the real world, so by making all students equal, it's not exactly preparing them for real life. "
12/19/2011:
"school uniforms also help stop most bullying. poeple in my school tesses other poeple all the time of what their wearing. i thing its just getting out of hand! all schools should wear uniforms for everybody bene.ifit "
12/19/2011:
"Thank you! The information is really helpful and just what i wanted to find..... "
12/19/2011:
"Uniforms are really being used as a band aid solution for bullying and stopping violence in schools, rather than taking the easy way out schools should advocate a zero tolerance bullying protocol that is not dependent on uniforms and actually does something to stop it rather than hide it. Some kids and teens are just mean, cruel, and immature. "
12/16/2011:
"i am doing a peport and this helpped alot thanks for posting :)) "
12/16/2011:
"I am doing a report on school uniforms and so thanks for posting it!!!!(: "
12/14/2011:
"This article really helps! I'm also using this as a Uniform Essay due soon!:) "
12/12/2011:
"i absolutely hate unicorns, but this article really helped me realize unicorns arent bad to wear, thanks! "
12/12/2011:
"Hey! This article is amazing! Thanks it really helped me for my uniforms essay due tomorrow!:):) "
12/12/2011:
"Oh, how simple it would be for my three teenage daughters to pick out their outfits every morning if uniforms were required! Laundry would be a piece of cake as well. But then again...the grass always seems greener, so I'll just do my best to be content with our current situation/dress policy. "
12/12/2011:
"Thanks this helped a lot for my paper due tomorrow!! "
12/12/2011:
"i think we should not have to wear them because we do not like them at all. "
12/12/2011:
"Hey this is great for essay due tomorrow! Thanks!! "
12/12/2011:
"Thank you for this article. I have a final to write and this helped shed some light for me. Yes! I am certainly in favor of the uniforms. Because of the fact that it prevents all those SASSY teens out there from wearing anything that shows clevage, also too much leg. Uniforms helps calm the clothes issue. At least through school. They need to repect themselves! The peer presure to buy curtain clothes, I agree with. As well as other key points. This helped me a bunch, thanks! "
12/9/2011:
"first of all this essay helped alot! but i still dont want to wear uniforms. i mean yea it would save time in the morning but what about the lower income families who would have to pay for the uniforms! and if they do decide to give us uniforms they should let us choose the colors i mean who wants to be stuck wearing the same colors, just that would be enough for me to express myself. but when i come to think of it i am more on the side of not i mean when we get older and we get a job all were gonna be doing is wearing a certain uniform they tell us to wear for work so why not let us express ourselves before we grow up! let a child be a child is that so wrong? "
12/9/2011:
"I believe that schools should have uniforms. "
12/8/2011:
"uniforms arent a good thing me as a fun loveing person think that schools shouldnt make us wear uniforms plus we wont have to dig through our closets to find them. "
12/8/2011:
"i absoultly HATE uniforms i go to a public school in louisville and i HATE it "
12/7/2011:
"I think school uniforms should not be required, since most kids think that they're ugly. Just because the uniforms are in some different colors, does not mean that you look different from others. It violates freedoms. Plus, who cares if you don't buy trendy clothes? Get over it. "
12/6/2011:
"If the only way high school students are expressing themselves these days is through their clothing, then I'm really concerned for this generation. There are plenty of clubs that offer chances for students to be creative such as art and music. I just don't see how walking down the hall at school showing off cleavage is expressing oneself. That's more attention-seeking if you ask me. "
12/5/2011:
"thanks this really helped!!!!!!!!!!!!! i have to write a persuasive essay by tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!! "
12/5/2011:
"Uniforms r awesom "
12/5/2011:
"school uniforms don't do anything to public schools. "
12/2/2011:
"i am deffelenly for school uniforms because us kids dont have to worry about getting bullied about are clothing.(FREEDOM) "
12/2/2011:
"uniforms should be enforced because your in school to learn, not socialize and express who you are, socializing and expressing who you are is for the outside world, not school, uniforms should be enforced, NUFF SAID "
12/2/2011:
"I totally support school uniforms. I can't afford Abercrobie & Fitch and Levi's so I get picked on a lot, and I'm 18! If you're worried about freedom of speech, no one said anything about your hairstyles, jewlery, makeup, accessories, choice in books, sports, TV shows, music you listen to, etc. I'm sorry for people who can't get past the obvious and see the bigger picture. What's the big deal? You have to wear certain clothes depending on your job. Do you expect a CEO or a doctor to show up in a ratty t-shirt and grubby blue jeans? "
12/2/2011:
"Dear people of the world, Why do you make us wear school uniforms? Can't you tell we hate them so much? We kids want to be able to express our selves! It's not like we wear gangster crap. And if one kid did punish that kid not the whole school. Thank you. Sincerly, Sarah(a 13 year old girl who loves art). "
12/2/2011:
"I am 13 and in grade eight.I definately think school uniforms is a good way to represent the school and increase pride and school spirit in the students. sure, we'd be loosing our right to express ourselves through clothes,but there are other ways to express who we are than through the way we dress. and think of this, If all schools had uniforms, there would bo a definate decrease in bullying, and debating about this subject. "
12/1/2011:
"Hi I'm 13 we shouldn't have school uniforms because I like to express my self and if we get uniforms that right gets takin away "
12/1/2011:
""I believe school uniforms are for the better and they keep students safe. It will only be taking away their freedom of choosing what to wear, not their freedom of speech. " In this segment above read what it says to a 13 year old like me that is all we have freedom of expression and freedom of speech, yes we still have freedom of speech but freedom of expression is very. Important to us kids. "
12/1/2011:
"its not right to take away a students freedom to express themselves with clothes. if the school thinks theyre wearing something inapporiate tell the student, not the entire district! "
11/30/2011:
"boo for uniforms. BOOOOOOOOOO!!! "
11/30/2011:
"I go to a public school, and I hate uniform. Te students should have a right to wear what they want. "
11/30/2011:
"Yes,I do think we should wear uniforms it is better then to waste money on poor clothes. "
11/30/2011:
"hi ya i am 12 and i think they are good but us kids should have some say in them. Because the styles change almost every genoration. "
11/30/2011:
"I personly think we should becuase students dont know how to act properly when they have there freedom to wear what they want they always get out of controol like like monkeys wanting a bannana when they have uniforms it saves time in the morning to what to wear and it makes them little more mature than they are now yes they do have a right of speech and freedom but all they ask is for less childness and act like you know what your doing even though i dont im a 7th grader at griffin do tha same report as everone else so i thought i would say somthing but i also think we should have a day to at least express who we are with our fashion sences (whatevr those girly girls say these days) thats just my opion if anyone agrees pls email me at mdlmoon@cox.net "
11/30/2011:
"My girls go to a private Catholic School and up til recently I've loved their uniform policy. My girls could wear navy or khaki bottoms of uniform fabric, red, navy or white polo or button up collared shirts. White or navy tights, brown or navy belt and close toed shoes with white socks. In the classrooms they can wear plain navy or white cardigans or jackets but any other type coat or jacket couldn't be worn in the classrooms. My girls could still wear bows or headbands, earrings or any type shoe or boot as long as their pants aren't tucked into the boot. And afterfall break they could no longer wear shorts and could only wear tights with skirts. It was fine until 2 families moved back to town and have daughters in both of my girls classes and they aren't following dress code. They still wear knee socks with skirts and their mary janes or uggs. They wear colorful patterned leggings or tights with frilly skirts (although the skirts are navy or khaki). They wear black or gr! ey or red sweaters and cardigans and are allowed to keep them on during class. And the sad part is, it makes my daughters feel plain and asking me why she can't dress like that. The girl in my oldest daughters class told her that she should just tell her mom she doesn't want to wear uniform. So if uniforms are policy because we don't want kids who can't afford name brands to be bullied then how is it fair for these 3 girls to dress how they want to and others can't? By the way, its a small school...70 kids in K thru 8th. There are constant reminders in the school newsletter of uniform policy. What would you do? "
11/29/2011:
"I believe that this writing is very neat and effective. From reading some of the comments, some of them can't even spell for a fact! so don't bother listening to them. So, this paper does have an effect on everything the school does, no matter what the students wear or not. This I will use in my paper to persuade the school systems to have school uniforms. Again, GREAT JOB! "
11/29/2011:
"I believe school uniforms are for the better and they keep students safe. It will only be taking away their freedom of choosing what to wear, not their freedom of speech. "
11/29/2011:
"I think that it would be a foolish choice to make school uniforms a policy because it would "flare" allot of students rebellious spirits, and could cause a whole lot more violence then it supposedly could prevent I am a eighth grade student in Idaho and the idea that school uniforms should be allowed is blasphemy and is treading very close upon our freedom of speech, and expression. I respect all others opinion on this matter as well and I am simply voicing mine "
11/29/2011:
"true true and I LOVE cute prep uniforms like in the Japanese anime I can draw them easily "
11/29/2011:
"Everyone shut up, the answer is yes, we should all wear uniforms. Why? Cause of the girls. Yeah, you heard me everyone loves girls in uniforms. "
11/29/2011:
"I go to public school and we have no Uniforms. I hate it because every day I am bullied for dressing differantly and being unique. SO what if I dont want everyone to see my bra, or if when I bend down I dont need people looking up my super short skirt??? I think school uniforms should be nessisary. Also, Im using your article for my school persuasive essay too, as the info in here is spectacular.Thirdly, Canadian person, heey, me too! looks like we're both Canadiens, you cool kid :) and at my school drugs ARE a problem, also alcohol and teen pregnancy. Probably wouldnt be if we had uniforms... "
11/29/2011:
"Thanks for the help. I'm using it for an English essay just like half the other people looking at this article! "
11/28/2011:
"I go to a private school and I wear a uniform. Personally, I love it. Not having to worry about what to wear in the mornings is the best. I can walk through the halls not worrying about people judging what I am wearing. People complain about uniqueness, but there are so many ways to show individuality. Jackets, jewelry, shoes, bags, hair, make up, and the list goes on. Uniforms make life easier for me and I don't have to worry about costs of keeping up with the latest fashion trends. "
11/28/2011:
"i've gone to 2 private schools and a catholic school, at all of those schools i wore uniforms. just for the sake of not having to wear ridiculous uniforms that dont let me express myself, im now going to a public middle school. I LOVE IT! being able to wear whatever(within the dress code)i want to is great. i dont understand why some people are for school uniforms as anyone who has been apart of that system knows they dont have any affect on the behavior or intelligence of students "
11/28/2011:
"Expressing individuality? I'm sorry, but what are schools for, education and discipline, or 'expressing individuality'? If that includes wearing mini-skirts and parading down the corridor as though it were a catwalk, it would seriously jeopardize the meaning of school for most pupils. I disagree, with the fact that uniforms take away your individuality. Because it is not the clothes that make you an individual, it is the person wearing the clothes. 100 people can be standing in the room wearing the same outfit and still look different. How?! By the way they wear their clothes, and by the way they carry themselves. That is what makes someone an individual. If you feel like you cannot be an individual without the clothes, then you were never an individual in the first place. So lets stop putting so much emphasis on how clothes make the individual! "
11/23/2011:
"Im in a Canadian school and it is the same problem (except drugs, alcohol, guns, etc.)AND I agree with uniforms laws (sorry IF I have a bad english because im french) because of the bullying. For the cost, we got plenty of money so that's not a problem.I also agree with the person who wrote ''clothes shouldn't determine who you are'' Because he/she is right. So go uniform! By the way when you don't have a uniform, peaple tend to choose stuff (like jobs, what are your talents and stuff...) by looking what you wear or how you look, and with a uniform, you can tell what are peaple's talent by knowing the person because everyone looks the same! Thanks for the article. "
11/22/2011:
"First of all, I am using this article in my persuasive speech for school because its gorgeous :D Secondly, what I don't understand is how uniforms "cost so much money" for those with lower income. At least for me, the clothes I buy I generally wear to school. WIth uniforms, you wouldn't have the need to buy as many street clothes, so you could turn around and use that saved money for other things... such as buying more uniforms. "
11/22/2011:
"I go to a full uniform school, and I totally think uniform helps a little but not entirely. I still get peer pressure because I don't have the latest bag or shoes. There is always going to be something that will make teens feel out of place. But, uniform stops me from buying expensive designers to fit in. Honestly, the 'freedom of expression' thing is a bad argument because that freedom should come from how to present yourself not what you look like. Clothes shouldn't determine who you are. "
11/21/2011:
"I loved this article. I'm writing a persuasive speech on why my school should have school uniforms, and what I read here was very helpful. I love the idea of uniforms for all of the students. A lot of schools that have tried them saw a decrease in violence and a major increase in class attendance and student morale. My sister goes to the junior high, and I know that all of her friends hate the thought of uniforms. Of course, they all violate the regular dress code. Plus, at my school, it seems that student who violate the dress code don't get any type of punishment. I would like to change this. I read through some of the comments, and I think that it’s funny to see what other students wrote, especially if they're against uniforms, yet they can't simply capitalize "I" in a sentence. I hope that I can eventually convince administration to approve uniforms. "
11/21/2011:
"Thank you for the information it helped with my english essay! :D "
11/21/2011:
"Wow,so much people are complaining about school uniforms.I actually just went to see this website for my WG Debate essay I'm supposed to write,and now I got tons of info!And I don't wear uniforms at my school,but they ah-bviously can't be that bad!I think uniforms are pretty good though,since my ,little cousin goes to one.It doesn't cause distraction about what to wear.And if you don't like wearing them they should have at least a day where you can wear anything..gawd. "
11/21/2011:
"I have to wear a uniform at my school but I love to shop at abercrombie kids and a mean girl at my school thinks shes so cool beacuse she always goes out of uniform and wears short denim shorts and an abercrombie kids shirt and Im always like i dont care that you shop there I do to and it doesnt even matter... "
11/21/2011:
"Are the people who say they're doing essays doing the Word Generation?I AM JUST WONDERING FYI!Bc I'm doing it too.But,I think we shouldn't,even though I kinda want to.Uniforms make me feel better since in the morning I always stress out on what to wear.I love wearing anything though,so I'm not all for uniforms.I mean,sometimes clothes express who you are! "
11/18/2011:
"I'm glad I never had to wear uniforms-makes me think of prudish and over-priced Catholic/Christian private schools. If the intent is to prevent discrimination and peer pressure to conform with what other kids consider "cool" in an area where the rich/poor gap is great, then maybe they have a point. However, uniforms will still cost low-income parents money. Mandating uniforms sounds more like social engineering by the school district to give work to favored contractors/clothing companies. To me, a dress code banning obsence and sloppy-looking clothing would be more appropriate. "
11/17/2011:
"great info thanks for the help on my essay "
11/16/2011:
"Uniforms aren't really as bad as you guys think. It makes it easy when you wake up to find an outfit, and no, it doesn't make you and easy taget. "
11/16/2011:
"I am a middle schooler from Lawson Middle School. I believe that students in public schools shouldn't wear school uniforms. They are a complete waste of money, and they don't let students wear what they want. Students will get bullied by students. Poor families cannot afford them. Students will have to do more laundry. No school uniforms "
11/16/2011:
"I think that wearing a uniform isn't really that bad because when you wake up in the morning it is not difficult to fins somethig to where but you be the type of person who loves fashion, if so, then you probably wouldn't like uniforms. Either way for me, I honestly don't care. "
11/16/2011:
"i need this reasuch for an artical for tommarrow "
11/15/2011:
"this is very good of reseach "
11/14/2011:
"i think that students should not wear uniforms beacause teenagers and there regular clothes they express there real true color and what they love and what they like to do and wear from shawntya "
11/14/2011:
"I am writing a research paper and it would really help if someone could tell me the pros and cons of why we should or shouldn't have school uniforms in all schools. "
11/14/2011:
"so people need to stop being smart people and live in the world of fashion "
11/14/2011:
"one word for school uniforms: BLEHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P "
11/14/2011:
"Yo uniforms will just make students easy targets. Plus anybody can sneak in by wearin da uniform and so dat wont help stop intrusion. Also they dont improve, help, or fix any problem in school. "
11/14/2011:
"I go to a public school that has a uniform so I could personally say that uniforms are not a good idea. They are expensive, useless, takes away creativity and independence and does not prevent bullying. If anything, it might even lead to MORE bullying. Since most of my classmates could easily know the difference between the kid whose parents went to Abercrombie and Fitch and bought them their blazers, shirts and pants there or the kid who picked up a gray shirt from there along with a unbraided blazer and a raggedy tie that isn't for that school, I'm going to assume the same of other kids. Any person with even the slightest sense of sight could tell the difference between the kid in a clean, correct, expensive uniform and the kid in some dirty, secondhand uniform he got out of the Lost and Found Bin at Walmart. My point is don't use uniforms. It's not worth the money, the law, the rules or anything else. "
11/14/2011:
"if you think about it even if you give a dress code or uniforms to students elementry to high school the students wouldnt want to wear them and they would eather ditch school or just not go at all beacuse they couldnt wear what made them good. but i under stand that its for there safty so girls wont be sexualy harasted and for guys so they wont be ashoiated with gang members "
11/11/2011:
"yo school uniforms will help stop bullying on clothing so yes school uniforms are good. "
11/10/2011:
"Great facts and good job "
11/9/2011:
"I am a part time college student and a full time mom to 2 beautiful girls. I am all for school uniforms. not only will it help with lowering my cost on school clothes but it will also help with kids not picking on other kids. I don't care what kids say.. I know they pick on kids for wearing the not so expensive clothes. I know kids are being made fun of because of their clothes because my daughter is one of the kids that gets made fun of. We don't have the money to go out and spend $80 on a pair of jeans or $70 on a shirt. Just aint happening.. School is not about social time or what you are wearing school is there to give u an education so u can better your self.That's my opinion "
11/8/2011:
"Uniforms are like a box of chocolate, Ya never know what you're gonna get. "
11/8/2011:
"my name is kristin and i think that unifroms aren't a very good idea becuase if my school go uniforms i wouldnt wear them, "
11/8/2011:
"I really like this website and all i need to know is how many schools in chicago wear uniforms and that will complete my research. Thank Youuuu! "
11/8/2011:
"I think that its not right for children to wear uniforms because after a while they start to feel like they are in prison because after a while it feels like all there rights are taken from them so why should kids have to come to school and feel like that last time i checked school was suppose to be a fun learning environment where u can also express your self in any way u want. By:Brandon Fort freshmen from hamilton township high school varsity letter men "
11/8/2011:
"i am doing a debat tommorrrow on uniforms and i need som feedback from my peeps AKA from people (: shawntya "
11/7/2011:
"I wear what I want, cuz I'm cool like that "
11/7/2011:
"I...Am...AMAZING!!! "
11/7/2011:
"thaanks well not really it kinda helped(: "
11/7/2011:
"I think all schools should have uniforms. I have 2 kids going to 2 different schools. One a uniform and one not. I feel like when my kindergartner goes to school everyone is equal because everyone is wearing the same clothes to where when my other child goes to school you see all these helpless children who can not afford regular clothes or just have lazy parents and send them to school in mesh shorts and a tee shirt. What does that show for the other kids. My kids both wear unforms although its not required for my pre-ker by doing this I feel like he won't be made fun of if hes not wearing a batman shirt or whatnot. I am all for uniforms. In the real world working in a business unless you are a bartender or a stripper you will have some kind of dress code. Some companies even require you to wear their shirts are you going to quite your job because you don't have self expression at your work place? Life in unfair sometimes stop complaining and get over it. "
11/7/2011:
"hey My name is brianna and we are having a debate in class about having school uniforms....because we might have to wear them but the teacher is saying thet this debate doesn't matter.i do wanna wear uniforms then i don't cause everybody in school get picked on that's why i think we should but not saying this cause i get picked on lol "
11/4/2011:
"Yo im sarah and i totally agree with everybody because i love everybody "
11/3/2011:
"I just graduated from a public school and never had to wear uniforms. However, on Fridays all of the students could wear a school t-shirt, and most enjoyed taking part in wearing the same thing, because 1)you didn't have to worry about what you're going to wear, 2) everyone looked the same and felt equally "fashionable", and 3) everyone could afford it. Why can't schools and students compromise by having uniforms that offer a variety of styles so that students can express themselves while still wearing appropriate articles of clothing? "
11/3/2011:
"My mom hated uniforms so much we moved schools... "
11/2/2011:
"Thanks for all the info, i have a persuasive essay in school on this and this really helped. "
11/2/2011:
"i think that students should wear uniforms so there won't be any bullys in thescool and it also stops bully in there tracks "
11/2/2011:
"This is amazing. I had to do a school research paper and it was very helpful. :) "
11/2/2011:
" i feel like wearing uniform does'nt change anything "
11/1/2011:
"it's just one more attempt for the world to crush are personalites and my parents would only buy me three school uniforms and no other clothes, leaving me to have to wear a school uniform everyday "
10/31/2011:
"Uniforms are WAY over-rated. Why people would ever want them, I have no clue. Dress codes are great, as long as you follow the rules, yet teachers don't watch like you hawks. I enjoy having my freedom, and the whole peer pressure thing, people don't care where they buy their clothes. It's their style, and they should be proud of it. "
10/31/2011:
"I wear a school uniform, and I'm glad. Otherwise, I would be wasting time buying and putting together a "trendy" outfit to impress my peers. And, for the "extra cost", you parents would be paying $200 for designer jeans other than a $12 white polo. Think about it. "
10/27/2011:
"That's not true. The students still know who bought the wal-mart uniforms, and who bought the Ambercrombie polo shirts. The students still know who lives in the huge two-story house and who lives in the trailor surrounded by junk cars. Uniforms do not keep the kids from knowing the social classes. "
10/27/2011:
"Lol Copy Paste = A on my English Argumentation Essay "
10/26/2011:
"I really think school uniforms are good, cause everyone feels like they belong, no ones feels poorer than another kid. It's like you all come from the same place with the same kind of Swag, not having someone tell another kid "you aint Got no Swag" every day is a relief. I like uniforms cause I don't have to worry about what to wear to school that morning. "
10/26/2011:
"I am shocked but what some people are saying. I go to a public school in a small town in Pennsylvania and we have a dress code. We're only allowed to wear khakis or black pants and polos(that have to follow strict regulations) in our school colors: black, white, maroon, or grey. For those people commenting on this saying they like uniforms and want them for their school, I'd like you to think about it from my shoes(which are also regulation). Our school board started the dress code four years ago. It faced huge opposition for the first few years, by both students and parents. It is an unnecessary amount of money that is now being used, instead of for food or bills, for school-approved clothes(which can be quite pricey). The disciplinary actions are heinous and ridiculous. Students who've never had a day of detention in their life are now being sent to ACE for the day just because their shoes are grey and their parents can't bring them more shoes from home. Also, living in PA! , it gets rather chilly here in the winter, but, according to my school, we can't wear outerwear in the building until it's below -4 degrees. We have to go outside between classes because the school is under construction, so most of us cannot focus because we're too busy trying to warm back up. Stop complaining about your schools. You've got the choice to wear what you want. If you want to wear uniform things to school, do it on your own. Don't get the school district involved. Ours may never be revoked, and we all really do miss getting to wear what we want everyday. So, please, shut up. "
10/26/2011:
"i tottaly disagree with unaforms!!!!! just a chnage of clothes doesnt mAKE U PAY MORE ATTENTION in class its just diffrent clothes the same clothes everyday , i bet its so anoying wearing the same stuff everyday b "
10/25/2011:
"I hate dress codes. I had to wear them when i was in 8th-12th grade at the toledo schools mentioned in this article. I don't think they helped much at all. since the dress code was introduced i seen more people get kicked out of class since they were introduced, and people still got made fun of depending on which company made the shoes/ clothes we we're wearing. "
10/24/2011:
"I go to a Catholic school were we wear uniforms and many of these facts seem false. First off, sometimes I like uniforms and sometimes I don't. It can be annoying to wear the same thing to school every day. The plaid skirts are suppppper ugly- no denying that- but what student is going to make fun of you if they are wearing the same thing? My school has plenty of discipline issues and lack of respect for authority. And even if we wear uniforms there will always be "uniform skip days" were we can dress in whatever we want. So even if we wear uniforms, people will still know who has the better clothes or who has more money. About the school pride thing... I don't know one person in my grade who loves their uniform and how it increases school pride and belonging. Actually, it's sometimes even embarrassing to go into a public place with a uniform. As for violation of free expression... maybe a little but think of all the laws that violate free expression or freedom of speech. If! school uniforms are a financial burden, then something is wrong with these people! You wear the SAME thing to school every day. So you don't need tons of clothes, therefore decreasing the cost of clothing for a family. My school weeks are five days and I only have three school shirts. Just wash them!! Also it's just important to recognize that there is a difference between a dress code and a uniform. A dress code is trying to make students understand that some outfits aren't appropriate. When you get hired, a business will not tolerate booty shorts or a see through shirt. Honestly, people are just trying to make things easier for the students. "
10/24/2011:
"This really helps me for a persuasive essay for school "
10/24/2011:
"I think uniforms make school life easier for kids, whether they admit or not. For one thing, the kids don't have to worry how to dress as to following "today's fashion trends". They can live easy knowing that they won't be embarrassed by the clothes they wear. Additionally, students with financial problems might worry less about getting embarrassed too, by the rich kids. you know how children are, petty things that judge others on appearance. Also, uniforms help parents save money; and w/o the constant worrying over clothes, they might focus on their studies. "
10/21/2011:
"WOOow this article contain all what i needed.. thanx a lot "
10/21/2011:
"I have to do a debate on this topic and I don't know what to do!!! Can someone help me?? "
10/20/2011:
"I'm doing a school paper on WHY should we have school uniforms, i coly chose it because its an easy topic to choose. But I'm in high school and school i dont have to wear uniforms. I think that we should because, we have to spend time on thinking what to wear, and keeping up with the latest trends. I dont mind dress code, but if it wasn't so strict. theres ALWAYS two sides to this. Keep that in mind people, keep it in mind, -.- "
10/20/2011:
"Most of us are in the gray area on this. Being a guy, if I'm in a class with a girl who is wearing a super short skirt, i would probably get a little distracted. So a dress code that limits certain attire is acceptable, necessary even. But Uniforms? In Public Schools? A little too much. Kids in public schools sometimes cant afford to buy uniforms. I'm lucky to get a new set of clothes every Year. These kids want to express their beliefs. if they cant say what's on their mind now, how will they do it when they are in the real world? "
10/19/2011:
"The kid Who posted on 10/4/11 is wrong. "
10/19/2011:
"people who want uniforms obviously have never had to wear them. Ive had to wear them for eight years. Look from the kids point of view. uniforms become sort of a spychological prison. Also, even though it would seem to cut back on bulliying, since the uniforms are so flawless, any imperfection (loose thread, stain, ect...) is obvious and critizized "
10/18/2011:
"Oh man. I SO want uniforms in our public school! We really need them. I mean, all you see everyday is kids getting emotionally hurt. I personally think this would be a better decision for our students. And hopefully, it would make our school a better place. Less fighting, more compliments to one another. There would probably be a lot of arguement against uniforms, but if I had the control over the school, we would definitely have good uniforms. For all we know, it could help us learn better, make friends easier, and even help us in the future. For instance, someone who was considering drugs or suicide, could completely change their mind, because they weren't being emotionally tortured. So there you go... that's MY reason for wanting school uniforms. "
10/17/2011:
"Hi my name is Hunter and I am having a debate in my class which doesn't mean we will but we are debating if school uniforms are better. Of course we didn't get to choose what side so I have to do Pro's on the debate. I am in MS. I DO get bullied sometimes. You should debate to! Tell your teacher to do a cool debate its fun to :3 well c ya :P "
10/17/2011:
"It sounds like most of these comments are coming from middle-schoolers, or people in high school. I've worn uniforms since kindergarten, and I personally don't like them. I'm researching pros and cons for a speech for a class of mine. Uniforms have done nothing for our school but forced us to look for loopholes in the school handbook. Everyone wears the dress code, but other than that the teachers don't do much to enforce the dress code unless our principle catches a lot of people breaking it and announces for the teachers to watch what we're wearing. So many people wear sweatshirts until they get caught, we're allowed to wear the same color sweaters as shirts, but stripes have come into the picture and people aren't getting yelled at for them. We've taken the no open-backed shoes and found sandals that have zippers in the back. They now make skinny khaki or navy school pants. People are allowed to wear whatever kind of shoes they want as long as they're not inappropriate. W! e can wear whatever brand collared shirts we want, as well, so there's still the issue of who can afford what. And even though the handbook says skirts and shorts can't be more than 3 inches above the knee (changed from 5 inches, which none of us knew about), that never gets enforced after the first two weeks. Then we have dress-down-days every Friday, and you either dress down (to what the handbook marks as appropriate) or you get teased for forgetting. There's still cliques, people still tease each other, there's still people in those uniforms they put on us, not perfect little robots. "
10/14/2011:
"I have worn uniforms since 6th grade, and I absolutely hate them. I was picked on much less without uniforms than with them. It's almost impossible to find school pants that fit me properly, so half the time my pants are to short. When we do find them, they cost over 30 bucks! Cheaper they say... I spend less money buying my normal pair of jeans and t-shirt. Help prevent gangs from forming? Yes, because a 3rd grader is SO going to join a gang, right. I don't even think there are any students in middle school involved in gangs. Seriously, people. Encourage discipline? Having a uniform on isn't going to make a student behave, I see students misbehaving every day. Uniforms don't help. Help students resist peer pressure to buy trendy clothes... yeah no. Though they don't know it, there IS a world outside of school. People who have social lives will spend time with other people outside of school, which will most likely be at the mall, get it? Help identify intruders in the school! . Okay, what? How many times has this been a problem? I'm fairly certain the only intruders in school have been adults. So unless you stick the school staff in uniforms, uniforms aren't helping this. Diminish economic and social barriers between students. There will ALWAYS be social barriers between students. Always. If I ever go to a school that doesn't have social barriers, then somethings wrong. Increase a sense of belonging and school pride. Hahahano. Most of the time students are complaining with the uniform, or figuring out some way to be different. Last year they wore colorful socks. This year colorful socks are banned, go figure. Improve attendance. The only thing needed to be said about this: What the hell does a uniform have to do with attendance besides relating back to the problem of bullying? Students don't like looking the same, people, when will you see this? There are always going to be problems, so sticking them in the same clothing isn't going to help. Th! ere is this thing in America called free speech, which include! s the right to express yourself. So then, does this mean students are not American, if we don't get the rights we are entitled to? "
10/13/2011:
"I have to boys ages 13 and 11 that have gotten harassed by our local police walking home from school because they look like gang members yes you guys have the children in gang attire How about blue jeans every child at all walks of life have blue jeans and they can wear polo shirts with their school logo on it we can buy 3 at the beginning of the year its cheaper and the kids are comfortable.I spend 25.00 for a pair of dickies and I have to buy 4 pair you do the math they are not cheap "
10/10/2011:
"Uniforms are an AWFUL idea! Kids at my high school don't even get picked on for what they wear. No one does anymore! Even if they do get picked on for what they wear, what stops them from getting picked on when they wear uniforms? Kids pick on kids because of the kid. They either don't like them in general or don't like their physical features. So placing an ugly uniform on someone isn't gonna make all kids get along like sunshine and rainbows. Hate to break it to ya. Another thing is we can't be ourselves. It restricts us from showing who we are on the outside. Which dulls a students creative side. Not to mention that uniforms are very expensive and during this economy not many can afford school supplies AND clothes that are REQUIRED to be worn every day. My last point in my case is if schools have such a problem with kids not obeying dress codes, why do the parents let them leave the house? I mean really, look at what your kids wear BEFORE you send them to school. It's not! hard to do. "
10/10/2011:
"How are uniforms supposed to stop bullying in a school? Students will always be picking on others for any amount of reason, unless you end up really lucky to not be apart of that. "
10/6/2011:
"The false idea of dress codes and uniforms being the same is heard often. I have worn a uniform from K-8, and a "dress code" at my Catholic high school. The idea of a uniform is restraining because many times you cannot add your personal touch into it, which is what most people hate about uniforms and dress codes. However, dress codes usually give several shirts, pants, skirts, shorts, and jackets to choose from, giving you an option for what to wear. Also, adding buttons to your jackets or wearing headbands is another way to accessorize and I feel should be encouraged. Do I think dress codes should be banned, no. On the contrary, I think they should be used to the fullest extent so that everyone feels equal, yet with the personalization they can feel unique. "
10/5/2011:
"i completely agree!! Im all for school uniforms so i dont gotta wory bout being bullied. "
10/4/2011:
"I am in full favour of school uniforms. Schools are institutions of learning. Schools should be respected and wearing a school uniform teaches the children to be respectful. Each student is equal.About violating a student's right to freedom of speech? What nonsense is that? I say all schools should have a dress code or school uniform, and that's that! "
10/3/2011:
"Dress code is a questionable subject, the benefits of a uniform would help ensure children not be exposed to inapropriate wear publically. Uniforms could also help kids who are bullied for not "fitting in" or kids who are poor and cannot afford winter attire, summer attire etc. Every change of the season. Clothes are expensive, and buying one uniform, with a blazer and skirt (short and long according to dress code policy) males, shorts, pants (short and long according to dress code policy) which would cut down the price of buying new clothes evry year and just buying one for the price of one outfit. Buying 3-5 skirts, or pants would also help. To regulate washing of a household, and the family. Especially if they have a large amount of people occupying the washer. Blouses and shirts could be bought as option. As long as they meet school policys. Which does give children a unique outlook and some freedom of choice in their own unique clothing choice. Uniforms don't have to be itchy, foul looking and down right ridiculous. They could also have a touch of the individuals unique choice in apropriate clothing.Uniforms will also, could also save a parent the expense of clothing apparel every year. Buying one uniform for the price of 3-5 pairs of casual attire. Is quite significant change, at first it is intimidating. For afew years it might just be intimidating. Yet, one can look back at how much they truly are saving. What they are doing for the children. I am doing a report for Junior requirements arguing my topic. I greatly support school uniforms for safety of the schools and safety of those who dislike seeing children just entering middle school in miniskirts and being exposed into the world in an awkward way. -Henry Clay Highschool: Junior "
09/30/2011:
"i think uniforms are stupid and i will never ever were them. if there are uniforms in my school i'm going to change schools "
09/29/2011:
"why are the socks for bohally in blenheim, which i can only buy from postie plus, the dearest socks in town, over 400 kids in one school paying 15 bucks for socks, what a rip. "
09/27/2011:
"i dont think its a good idea to have Strict uniforms over a dress code the best way to fin who you are is wearing unique clothes that intrest you its your life so there 7th grade "
09/26/2011:
"I'm so sick of the pro-uniform people who claim that uniforms prevent school from being a "fashion show". Uniforms prevent students from expressing themselves (isn't that something that parents tell their children to do)? As long as students' clothing does not promote drugs, alcohol, or racism (or offends a certain religion), let the students wear what they wish. This is America, and everyone (especially students) are guaranteed freedom of speech. No uniforms! "
09/26/2011:
"I go to a public school in Brooklyn, New York. Recently they have been trying to enforce a uniform policy of black pants and white shirts, the usual. To be 100% honest I downright hate uniform policies. I would rather there be a “dress code� instead where to try to show kids the acceptable attire instead of forcing everyone to "look" equal. Also, saying uniform will stop gang violence is certainly not true. It's just a band aid to place over the fact that gangs are a problem no matter what, don’t make kids do something they do not want to do and telling them what to wear if they do not want to wear it. It only stifles their creativity and uniqueness. Uniform to me is a form of a crutch to students, letting anyone wear what they want to wear is a tool of self expression and it develops character as a person tries to find themselves and shows that through their clothing. A dress code would prove to be more beneficial, as a way to show students what society is like. You ! have freedoms, but there are rules to help and guide you. "
09/23/2011:
"I WANT UNIFORMS SOOOOOO BAD. I really want them to be with high skirts higher than the knee :( except the fact that we girls will have to shave their legs all the time that would be tired I mean like REALLY!!! I just WANT us sooo bad to have pretty little uniforms i just like DON'T get why some people hate having uniform I DON'T want to spend hours anymore picking a pretty outfit to wear to school anymore like totally! ! ! "
09/23/2011:
"i go to a public school in indy and i hate it. you have no uniquness in your uniform i think the girl parent should have sued because it is not fair how you can not express your self in school. "
09/19/2011:
"i do not like uniforms...i think kids should express their personality in school by wearing their own clothes. i hate uniforms. "
09/15/2011:
"All of you people that said they hate uniforms and that they suck please read this comment and see if it will change your mind. I go to a charter/public school and i have to wear uniform. They make you wear uniforms because it is a way to make everyone feel equal. Everyday a person is being bullid because they don't fit in or something like that. If they went to an uniform school they would not get picked on. If you bought 1 jacket for middle school it could last all 3 years. The same if you are a girl it would be a skirt for guys it would be shorts. But just so you know i am esspecualy talking to you people that think uniforms suck, It is a way to make every one feel equal. Form a 6th grader "
09/14/2011:
"I think that kids shouldnt where uniform it makes them look like they cant think for there selfs. I would like my kids with no uniform to show there posture and not to look like a strait up geek!!! THINK BEFORE U SAY UNIFORM!! :) "
09/13/2011:
"i think that no students shuldnt have to wear uniforms i mean they are itchy and they bunch up when you tuck them in and if your a chubby kid and you tuck it in (required) you can sometimes have a shortage of breath wich cold be one cause for asthma as a middle schooler i know for a fact that these thing are true and hearing that i have to tuck in my shirt really peeves me so id rather breath the rules than be sitting on a giant lump of t shirt in my pants htis uniform war i hope will be resolved and the problem seems to be not being able to express yourself wich i completly agree with but my school has a pass which alows you to dress however on tuestday only tho but its better than anything right by we still ahve to follow dress code 6th grader middle school "
09/8/2011:
"great stuff "
08/30/2011:
"uinforms are a bad idea because they make children rebell and they are aganist children self expreesion "
08/25/2011:
"I think that school uniforms are a bad idea, myself. They create a depressing grey aura of sameness that whitewashes individuality. It teaches kids that the only way to avoid conflict is just to conform to everybody else. "
08/18/2011:
"i belive uniform is the best for kids,it takes stress of the kids and parents plus is safer for kids.all school shode have uniforms. "
08/18/2011:
"i tottaly agree. cuz 1.their itchy. 2.its kinda gross wearing the same thing 5 days a week. and 3. you dont kinda dont feel like the same person you are sumtimes. p.s.i dont really care if ppl show off cuz u just waste a load of money on 1 outfit. 1!!! instead of buying like 5 nice other outfits together. doesnt that sound ridiculous? "
08/18/2011:
"I love uniforms - my high school went to them my sophomore year; it was a fight - but within 2 months, the school was declared the victor. We had red, white, or blue polos or white button downs with the school emblem and blue or khaki pants or shorts or the school plaid skirt. There was enough variety for everyone to look 'different' - especially since shoes and such were not dictated... and uniform enough that everyone looked cohesive. When I taught there 6 years later, the staff uniform was the same - with staff under the logo and no shorts. My kids go to a uniform school now, but it's private. "
08/17/2011:
"There will always be peer pressure no matter what your age and school is a place where one learns how to deal with pressure and to communicate with others.Being a teenager is about to know yourself and your values and the way you dress shows that. I recognize a generation gap forming. Many girls who wear short shorts wear those because they are comfortable to wear- especially in hot weather. The short shorts is what they sell at stores across America and it's virtually impossible to find shorts longer than that. The sagging pants is offensive to me, but I know it is not meant to be. Many teenage boys wear it, not because they are a gang member, but because it looks cool. Many of the younger teachers do not care about what one wears because they don't find that sort of dress offensive. I wanted to note that spelling is not an ideal marker for intelligence. Many teenagers as I type incorrectly and we know we do, we just do not care and we know that the message gets across. Atfer all, olny the frsit and lsat lteter have to be in the crorcet pacles to udnrestnad what the snetnece maens. "
08/4/2011:
"I think that there should be school uniforms. You don't have to constantly worry about what you're gonna wear every morning. Yes, it might be a little boring putting on the same set of clothes but it's less costly this way, and you do not have to go on shopping trips so regularly. "
07/25/2011:
"what an interesting article barely supports it's reasons, and which side is it on? uniforms or no uniforms? "
07/20/2011:
"This is a very interesting article......... ii a former suggests that this was a stupid article....why waste time reading it???????? "
07/20/2011:
"I totally agree and it was an interesting article "
07/19/2011:
"i think this is a waste of time "
07/12/2011:
"I am a former sixth grader, and i just wanted state that i understand why you have too where uniforms which is the specific fact that before any school came up with uniforms they had people coming in and dressing around it and looking trashy. It's also the fact that bullying is caused with the way you dress. Now i also understand that we should have creativity but i guess they feel you won't die with dress code or maybe they just feel it was getting too much to handle so they came up with uniform's. "
06/16/2011:
"I go to a uniform school where we converted to having uniforms and now there are more incidents with bullying then before kids cant just wip there faces clean of frickles of get boob jobs, before we could come to school in a different clothes style now we can't. It also harms are creativity, i find that it violats my rights for freedom of speeche because what you wear also changes your attitude. say you where trying to send a negitive atitude you can't really if you have to wear a uniform. i expect both a negative and positive for an english report on uniforms please. Em,13, Frenche school"
06/2/2011:
"i wore uniforms before and i didn't like it because my friends were making fun of me and i didn't like it at all so my mom moved school because she didn't like it either."
05/31/2011:
"I actually believe that uniforms are both good and bad for students. It'd provide a sense of integrity and pride in the students as they wouldn't be fighting over petty things getting their school reputation darkened. As for the bads, it does get depressing having to see everyone in the same outfit every single day for 8 hours, 5 days a week. It's just not fun. There should be a day or two out of each week(Though, one sounds a lot better and probably a lot more appealing to the districts) in where students can dress down. So four times a month, sometimes more. Giving them different sights would keep them from easily getting bored, stopping the rebellion a bit. That's one thing a school wouldn't want; student rebellion. I'm 14 and I also wanted to say, the girls should be allowed to wear darker pants in certain schools. We DO have this thing called a menstrual cycle in which we don't want to end up being embarrassed by!"
05/26/2011:
"really good info"
05/26/2011:
"I am doing a whole persuasive essay against uniforms."
05/23/2011:
"Uniforms can help, and hurt mostly help"
05/17/2011:
"I think kids should not haev to wear uniforms to school because 1. some people dont like to look like other people everyday if i had to wear uniforms i would never wear one id rather get wrote up everyday then looking like evrybody i see. 2. some people want to work they style i know i would i have a twin and i cant even go a day looking like her so i know i wouldnt step foot in a school looking like over 300 people. and 3. some people in the world haev to many kids to be buying uniforms i think its just a waste of money."
05/17/2011:
"Wearing school uniforms is a form of order and discipline. For educators who are concerned with dropout rates and chaos in the schools, this is an easy way to begin changing education. Children may rebel at first, but who is in charge here? After reading comments from those who I assume are students, I was appalled. Are any of you educators taking note of how poorly these comments were written? Spelling, grammar, logical thoughts were all missing or done in a manner that suggests these students need to go back to elementary schools and learn the basics of English. Can any parents or teachers look at these comments and not be disgusted? These children are the future of America! How sad."
05/17/2011:
"i have worn uniforms since 1st grade! and i just dont want my kids wearing unifomrs!its just frustraing and i know how frustrating it is too! so i say no more uniforms!"
05/16/2011:
"I think uniforms are stupid! God us kids should have some freedom!! How are we suppose to express ourselfs!!!!"
05/11/2011:
"i think this article tells us alot about the dress codes........."
05/10/2011:
"I am a student at a Private School and we are required to wear uniforms. You cant really fight against or for school uniforms unless you have worn them most of your life!! i have been to public school as well where i dint have to wear uniforms and i prefer to wear uniforms. I am very happy with wearing uniforms, i dont have to worry about what i am going to wear in the morning and i dont have to be afraid of people making-fun of me because of what i wear! Also, most schools with uniforms are religious schools so the uniform policy is trying to establish a safe approprate environment for their students! Families should not disagree with this if they are Christian, that would not be a good witness to non-christians who think we are bad enough! If you dont like uniforms then dont go to a school with them! But i like them."
05/10/2011:
"Uniforms aren't needed."
05/9/2011:
"School is so bad with uniforms... I hate it!"
05/9/2011:
"Ok I've read a lot of these comments and I am against school uniforms and people who say that people against school uniforms don't have proper grammer are wrong. All the comments that had inproper grammer were students who wore or wear school uniforms."
05/4/2011:
"yeah i am doing a debate on this and all i find is everyone argueing but no one listening to the other sides."
05/3/2011:
"i think they are not nessisary "
04/29/2011:
"First of all, uniforms suck. What is worse is it prevents a student's right to choose. They are forced into wearing school uniform. Plus, it affects most students in a negative way."
04/28/2011:
" For all those who say you are against uniforms, I am with you. And those of you who have commented on spelling, you are obviously mentally incapable of processing that uniforms don't help with spelling. It's obvious that uniforms are boring, useless, do NOT help behavioral issues, and take away a child's freedom. As a teenager that wears uniforms, it is degrading. It never did stop bullying, the bullying is usually about how you look, not about what you wear. Uniforms are a salvation to a problem that never existed."
04/27/2011:
"i dont care about uniforms because if i have to wear then wear it if i dont then dont its just until i graduate and it will go fast."
04/26/2011:
"I think the government or who are responsible should make pressure to the department of education and make a law for all requiring schools to meet parents and students as it would be one of the most positive ways to reduce many of the problems facing schools which time.For consider a waste of parents with limited resources would be helpful, students would be less involved in gangs would be cautious because the students in the classroom are more worried about competition and not learning . It is not understood as a student that their parents earn the minimum wage or receiving public assistance can have more than 300.00 dollars from clothing, accessories and cell phone, but like the rest of the class has that and more students will make you more pressure to parents, education starts at home and if parents are not concerned with educating their children schools are losing more time educating children and Teachings. Definitely should reinforce the laws so that all schools will require uniforms to students. "
04/26/2011:
"i think uniforms are good cuz its easier to get ready in the morinin and it controlsstudents beter! spartans"
04/26/2011:
"uniforms suck"
04/26/2011:
"uniforms are awesome man!"
04/26/2011:
"i think that students shouldn't wear uniforms. It forces them to not show their personality. clothing is one of the most major subjects showing a persons personality!"
04/26/2011:
"schools shouldnt have to wear uniforms because you just want to express who you are."
04/21/2011:
"i think school uniforms are just stupid to have because when you buy them then you have to throw them away when your kid doesnt go that school no more whats the point of having uniforms!!!!"
04/21/2011:
"now as student i never had to wear a uniform but im also from a poor family and other students make fun of some of the old cloths that are past down to me so i thing that uniforms couldnt hurt as a trail then deciside wether or not there are good or bad "
04/20/2011:
"uniforms make school boring and dull"
04/20/2011:
"I think uniforms are not cool they are just Tacky!!"
04/19/2011:
"Us Kids Hate Uniforms We Need To Express OurSelves While Were Still Kids!!"
04/18/2011:
"I'm a highschool student who hates the idea of school uniforms. There are so many cons than pros, it truly does take away from a students individuality and its not like if they don't see it at school that they arnt going to see it the next time they go to the local grocery store or on t.v. School uniforms are a waste of money and time and staff of the school are going to spend just as much time enforcing school uniforms as they do a dress code."
04/15/2011:
"I believe that all evidence suggests that uniforms in schools are indeed unbeneficial. In fact they seem to be more of a hassle to the students who have to wear them and the parents who have to buy them."
04/15/2011:
"I'm a high school student myself and I believe that we should not have to wear uniforms. As to the arguments made in earlier comments, I don't wear a uniform and my grammar and spelling are just fine. I believe that as kids we need to be able to express ourselves while we still can, because as soon as we get into the working world we will have to dress formally."
04/14/2011:
"I hate it how teachers can wear what ever they want but students have to stick to a dress code."
04/14/2011:
"not cool yo"
04/14/2011:
"i have not worn a uniform in the past but i think that it is a good idea so that there is less problums and because some can be very cool"
04/13/2011:
"uniforms suck...."
04/12/2011:
"Uniforms r truly FRIGHTFUL! I have nightmarers because of them."
04/12/2011:
"omg me 2!!"
04/12/2011:
"Personally, as a child who had to wear uniforms in third, seventh, and eighth grade, it sucks not to have the ability of putting together a nice outfit to wear to school the next day. Instead you get up and throw on the first two things your hands touch, go through your usual routine of getting ready, and show up to school looking like one of the many sleepy eyed drones sitting around waiting for the bell to ring."
04/12/2011:
"Hi, I am a highschool student writing an essay on school uniforms. They are incredibly stupid and I don't think that they help ANY of the problems that schools face. Our clothes are the way we express ourselves as people. It's good to be different, not just like everyone else. At my school, noone bullies anybody about what they wear, so why should we try to fix something that's not broken? Besides, if we were to get school uniforms, students would be smart enough to find loopholes, (scarves, necklaces, jewelry, etc) and it then becomes a bigger problem. In conclusion, uniforms are just a bigger hassle than just letting students wear what they wish."
04/12/2011:
"I am a high school student writing a report on the pros and cons of school uniforms. I have worn uniforms in the past and now I go to a public school. Uniforms do not solve any problems that schools face. The students lose their identity as an idividual. And if a student were to get bullied how would they describe what the person was wearing. Everyone would be wearing the same thing."
04/12/2011:
"Im not for school uniforms, but Ive gotta say, If theres one thing ive learned from this, its that you dress like you think. Kids who do like uniforms, great for you but I'd still choose expression and unity any day."
04/11/2011:
"i think that students are free not with uniforms."
04/11/2011:
"Who invented school uniforms they are so stupid! They just make us kids feel bad about ourselves. From: Gabby"
04/11/2011:
"Hi, I'm a middle school student and i believe that uniforms are useless. They don't make us any smarter. They also take away our freedom of speech. Violence and bullying continues at my school because of how a student looks, not how they dress. Some students (including me) hate the uniform policy and dress how we like. I've found loopholes to the dress code so I express my self through my clothing. Many other stuents just disobey the uniforms and are very defiant to the school's staff and teachers. I think that even though uniforms work for certain schools, it just doesn't work here. Thanks for all the comments. They'll be helpful when i write my essay for Language Arts."
04/8/2011:
"im writing an essay on uniforms and this will totally help me out."
04/8/2011:
"uniforms are stupid i hate them and we should never have them"
04/7/2011:
"i agree with the people who say its hard to tell who is right about uniforms. i mean if you had wear a uniform people couldnt bag on your clothing choices. but also you could turn against you school in behavior and adittude. im a 7th grader and my school is thinking about getting uniforms, too. its annoying but i don't care if we get them or not."
04/7/2011:
"I really hate school uniforms."
04/6/2011:
"im aganist that"
04/6/2011:
"i dont like uniforms"
04/6/2011:
"UNIFORMS SUCK. Issue addressed. Obviously none of us students want uniforms; in fact, bullying would remain just as bad as it is in schools with no uniforms. (First-hand observations, thank you very much.) This is the 21st century. We are not mini lawyers."
04/6/2011:
"uniforms r cool"
04/5/2011:
"I dont like uniforms"
04/5/2011:
"I Hate Uniforms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
04/5/2011:
"I think uniforms are boring,dull,and plain out dumb!!! I mean How could you express yourself with uniforms? My friend had uniforms and she was actually nice before and now they have uniforms and she became the school bully!"
04/5/2011:
"i do not want to have uniforms"
04/5/2011:
"hi, im a highschool student who must write a report over the subject of school u niforms and dress code policies. i dont believe that school uniforms do anything for us students. it will either make kids mad and turn against there school through behavorial ways or seperate into groups throughout the school goign up against eachother. its all stupid, yeah i understand how they want to keep students from baggy clothes or looking unproffesional, but that wont help with anything. most of the schools who are trying to enforce school uniforms are wasting time on it because its no use at all honestly, when they could be doing something productive like finding a way to keep from losing so much money and go into surplus with this economoc depression about to happen.."
04/4/2011:
"Teachers need to be held to a higher standard of dress than the students, they are the PROFESSIONAL!! If you are a professional then dress like one, some of our teachers look professional but I had to point out to our middle school principal that one of her teachers was wearing a halter top. She didn't notice that her teacher was wearing an item of clothing that my daughter would be sent home for wearing. I make the same amount of money as a teacher and I am expected to wear professional clothing to work. My company did away with business casual since the employees went too casual in their dress and the casual attitude showed up in their work."
04/4/2011:
"This is very amusing. I laughed outloud at the students complaining about uniforms. (The grammar was a real treat) Welcome to the real world. School is the easiest job you'll ever have and even office casual has rules for attire. When you start your own business, you can dress however you want but until then, put on your uniform and learn as much as you can and be grateful you don't have to wear a tie or hosiery like I did in school."
04/4/2011:
"kids can have freedom of expression after school and on the weekends.. i am all for uniforms. i save a ton of money and if everyone is wearing the same uniform then you don't have to worry about your child being taunted about their freedom of expression.. where i live, it doesn't matter what school you got to unless it's a catholic school, The uniform is the same in the entire city. so if we move to another district the uniform is the same.."
04/4/2011:
"Observation: With one exception, students against uniforms stand out with their lack of skills in spelling, capitalization and sentence structure. A vote for uniforms is an obvious conclusion."
04/4/2011:
"as a parent, i had my kids went to private school and had to wear uniform before but now they are in public school. i am in favor of having kids uniform, it gives them a feeling of being attached to school and kids feel that they really are a student.it is much easier and faster for kids to have uniforms instead of choosing on what to wear for the day.when it comes to freedom of expression probably there would be a day in a week that students can wear civilian clothes.for those family who have financial problem on buying school uniforms, i think it is like they are also buying regular clothes that there kids has to wear going to school."
04/4/2011:
"After reading many of the posted comments, I have come to my own overwhelming conclusion. Public schools need to focus more on education. If you want people to take your opinions and ideas seriously, take the time to say it properly. The grammar and spelling is atrocious! Normally I could look past this and focus on the message and the emotion that one is trying to convey. However, since the question is whether or not uniforms affect how well students will perform academically, one can only assume from the majority of comments, that anything is worth a shot. These kids are graduating from high school and college and they write a resume like they are texting a friend. I say try the uniforms in public school. Most of the comments against the uniforms can be directly used as an example of why they should be tried. And by the way, were, where and wear are not interchangeable."
04/4/2011:
"cool man! thanks"
04/4/2011:
"none of my freinds have ever gotten bullied becaue of what they wer"
04/1/2011:
"Hi I'm a student from a public school and i am using this article and using other information to make a personal essay and argue the fact that uniforms should not be used in public schools bcause of the problems they cause every where around the world."
03/31/2011:
"This really helps me for a persuasive essay for school."
03/31/2011:
"i personally think that schools that do not have a uniform should start a new uniform line and encourage students to be a part of it because in my opinion, school uniforms help students feel equal to one another rather than being the outcast or being left out for dressing differently. uniforms also gives students a sense of discipline and responsibility in terms of being a part of the school body. overall, i think uniforms mean a lot more than just a designed piece of clothing for all students and it can also change things."
03/29/2011:
"Hello I'm a student and I'm wishing to use this data for a project. I need to know the publication date and it would be nice if someone could tell me."
03/29/2011:
"heyyyy i like this artical!!!!"
03/29/2011:
"i like this article"
03/29/2011:
"my descrusive essay for my englishis on this topic. i think a uniform is better because no one will get bullied for what they look like. if someone came into school wearing a hoodie which wasn't jack wills, abercrombie, canterburry, hollister etc..they would be judged. i have mixes off both but when i'm with my friends i tend to wear my jack wills. not everyone can afford this. i like my school unifrom, but i would prefer it a bit smarter, with a cardigan and shirt and tie."
03/28/2011:
"My class has a debate over this. It's so hard to tell who is correct!"
03/28/2011:
"i think that students do learn better in uniforms."
03/28/2011:
"school uniform is stupid! it will not stop to be bullied beacuse we wear the same clothes! people is making fun of my face, toes and hair, should we have a black box around us so no one will se who we are. kids will always make fun of eachother. someone will just be the unlucky one to be bullied. and then they will make fun of you for everything. not just clothes. clothes is your personality. you see easily who is a surfer, gentlemen and a special guy be their clothes. clothes is who you are."
03/24/2011:
"Uniforms make the school and the students look much more professional and serious. I think they should be a must for public schools, so we aren't looked down on by private schools. Plus, we look so much more organized and respectful."
03/24/2011:
"School uniforms take away students' individuality! It's not fair. How are we to express ourselves if we're stuck in uniforms??"
03/23/2011:
"i think its a good idea to have uniform because then people will stop judging people what to wear and what not to wear ! "
03/23/2011:
"I really dont like what this has to say i dont think that it is right and i also dont think that it is true okay!!!!!!"
03/22/2011:
"Uniforms are just like homework, in my opinion. Students hate them, but they realize the effects uniforms have on them. Students don't need to wear the most fashionable clothes to feel good about themselves. You can't judge a book by its cover, and a student in a uniform is just the same. I myself have been bullied for my clothes, and I believe that school uniforms will resolve this problem. My cousins, who wear uniforms, like them because they never have to worry about what to wear in the morning. That's one pro. And those of you who think that the cost of one school uniform is less than the cost of one outfit that is typical in my school (Abercrombie or Juicy Couture), you may want to re-think that. With the price of designer clothes rising, school uniforms are becoming far less expensive than the typical designer clothes. It's also worth every cent of the money. Uniforms are made for repeated wash 'n' wear. True, students like a school who trusts them enough to! let them choose their clothes, but what if the students haven't earned the trust? This is just something to think about, just as other comments have given me something to think about."
03/21/2011:
"school informs take away who we are we cant be who we realy if were all stuck looking like clones wearing the same things and just becous you weare a uniform it doesnt stop the adittudes from the guys and girls that thnk there better no matter what."
03/18/2011:
"I don't think that uniforms make the school better. I think they make the school look plain and boring and people will start wearing lots of accessories and thing like bright lip gloss and weird things making their uniforms look better and popular and accessible."
03/16/2011:
"I do believe that uniforms help schools have more discipline in the students in elementary, middle, and high schools. I think that does help our children. "
03/16/2011:
"I think school uniforms are over rated. Coming from a 7th grader, I would hate to have to see tha whole school wear the same clothes every day."
03/16/2011:
"that very smart to have uniforms because students sometimes dress inappropiate at school...so thats why we should have uniforms in public schools!"
03/15/2011:
"i think its better to have uniforms since you won't have any peer presure or wake up ages before just to choose a cloth. And you will all be the same which will help you to be just like the others."
03/9/2011:
"Dear Marian Wilde, GreatSchools Staff, i am a middle school student in a Bridgeport public school, in my opinion, uniforms are unreasonable, us students should be able to wear what we want as long as it isn't too revealing. us students are in school 7 hours a day learning, we should be able to express ourselves with our own fashions. i feel it makes some students feel uncomfortable wearing uniforms. i dont think uniforms has changed the way students act, everyone still has some sort of brand name whether its in their polos, pants, undershirts, or shoes. students do not care what other students wear. it is unimportant. uniforms are violating a student's right to freedom of expression, i would appreciated if the board of ed, would please reconsider. "
03/9/2011:
"As a person who went to school without uniforms I think I have a good view of how they play a role in the schools. I only had to wear a uniform when I went to Catholic school when I was younger and I don't remember there ever being an issue. Students knew what they were expected to wear and did it. Once I went to high school where there were no uniforms and students came to school in all different clothes. They were able to show their identity but it also looked very bad sometime. Girls wearing little shorts, shirts that are way too tight, boys sagging their pants and wearing clothes that where way to big, the Emo/Goth people wearing studded everything and looking like death, and of course the kids who just looked out of place all the time. When you looked in the school you did see a diverse population but it didn't look good. It looked like a mess. There were always issues with students playing with their clothes and trying to show off what they just got at the stor! e. It did cause issues between people all the time. A uniform would have easily changed things around. Now that I'm a teacher in a district that has uniforms I am in shock with how much more behaved the students are when they are in their uniforms. I also thought, uniforms suck, until I saw on the first dress down day what a difference in attitude, behavior, and work ethic. It was unbelievable how everything changed over just their clothes. When they all have the same thing on, dress pants, tucked in collared shirt, belt, and plain white or black shoes, they are almost civilized. They are more worried about who did their homework, who is dating who, and what is going on this weekend than about their clothes. Even with uniforms you will have those who try to push it, but they know what is expected and it is easy to see when someone is out of place. The students look respectable and much more ready to work. School is a place to learn, not to show off and play around! . You are expected to show up and learn, and if uniforms help! just a little then they should be enforced. The key is to have everyone on board with uniform and have alternative clothing options for those with different religious values and those who may need some financial backing to be able to purchase the clothing. Overall the clothes are much cheaper in price, unless you are buying the expensive brands, and why would you do that, everyone looks the same. Those are just some of my thoughts on the issue. "
03/9/2011:
"I agree with everything in this article.But,I would suggest to have uniforms."
03/8/2011:
"I think that kids should be able to wear what they want to wear.They should not have uniforms to wear to school all day long.I would not like like to wear a uniform all day long. That is my opinon on school uniforms."
03/2/2011:
" Identify intruders? Yeah because it takes a genius to run to the store and buy a uniform and sneek into a school. Why is it that when people think of teenagers and middle school, they stereotype them into wearing baggy pants and shirts? I would MUCH rather than wear a confortable pair of shorts and a t-shirt than pants, a belt, and a polo. Wearing uniforms doesn't erradicate any sort of social or economic discrimination whatsoever. They still wear the same name brands and just find other ways to differentiate themselves from others. All uniforms do is give administration something to complain about. Things have been cracking down lately at my school and the levels of unrest are unbelievable. No I.D.? Written up. Shirt untucked? Written up. Wrong colored belt? Written up. We have students with outstanding GPA's getting their records demolished due to these meaningless rules. BOO SCHOOL UNIFORMS!"
02/28/2011:
"I think that some of the students at schools that do have uniforms wear them okay others wear them showing the butts and hiking them up to and they think they can get boys to have any thing with them ."
02/28/2011:
"For things like this you have to ask yourself, is anything wrong with wearing normal clothes to school? Is it killing the morale to not wear uniforms to school? Is it really distracting kids from there work? Or is this some communistic idea to make everyone the same? People from the Cold War Era should remember the pride Americans had in being able to express themselves! I have a friend who goes to a private school. At the school they wear the shortest skirts you ever seen! This is due to pressure to have the coolest uniform, so you see it does not take away the pressure of looking weird. Instead, it forces you wear to wear these incredibly short skirts!"
02/28/2011:
"as an 8th grade student i believe we shouldn't have uniforms it may help with disipline but how bout how a student feels if we dress approiate with regular clothes we feel comfortable but uniforms u gotta by those colors and it is a hard time just hear me out and reply with comments"
02/23/2011:
"Dear Marian Wilde, GreatSchools Staff, i am a middle school student in a Bridgeport public school, in my opinion, uniforms are unreasonable, us students should be able to wear what we want as long as it isn't too revealing. us students are in school 7 hours a day learning, we should be able to express ourselves with our own fashions. i feel it makes some students feel uncomfortable wearing uniforms. i dont think uniforms has changed the way students act, everyone still has some sort of brand name whether its in their polos, pants, undershirts, or shoes. students do not care what other students wear. it is unimportant. uniforms are violating a student's right to freedom of expression, i would appreciated if the board of ed, would please reconsider. "
02/22/2011:
"Uniforms i feel are not needed for Bridgeport public schools, none of the kids like them, if you go to a middle school in one of the public schools most of the students would vote no.students should be able to have some sort of freedom,uniform will not improve the way kids act, that is all on the child, some students would just like to go to school in regular clothes for 7 hours a day, with the uniform kids still wear clothing under to make their own styles or still wear brand names, most kids do not care what another student wears. uniform are a bad idea, students should have freedom."
02/16/2011:
"I go to a Catholic school with uniforms and a public school is right down the road from us. There is a complete difference when you walk in the two schools. Having a uniform is easy and affordable. When you walk into a school would you rather see children with their shirts tucked in, dress pants, and a collared shirt or would you like to see kids with their pants half way down their butts and super baggy clothing? Having a uniform has taken all peer pressure away and you are not made fun of for the type of clothing you wear. Its 8 hours a day...i think you can look nice for 8 hours and then you are free to wear whatever you want. Having a uniform is preparing you for the future because if you have a good job you will be required to have a uniform so what are you going to do then..complain about it and say how it is taking away your personality? I hope you enjoy getting the pink slip."
02/16/2011:
"I believe that students should have to wear uniforms. If a student's way to express thyself is by wearing clothes, than that student needs to find a way to make themselves stand out. I've found that a full uniform outfit costs less than a shirt and jeans, so it won't be much of a financial problem. Depending on the school, students can personalize their own uniform to a certain extent. A bigger tie or shorter or longer shirt is allowed in some schools. They prepare students for the future and give them standards to live and dress by. Wearing nice clothes and developing good wardrobe habits at a younger age will help students get jobs because they look presentable, and not like total slobs. Great article, helped out alot."
02/15/2011:
"This really helps me for a persuasive essay an for school. I think that there should be school uniforms so we can identify introdures. "
02/15/2011:
"This post helped me a lot on a debate I am having in class discussing this issue. "
01/31/2011:
"I defiantly and wholeheartedly agree with the statements above. Uniforms are a must in today's modern society. Intruders are EVERYWHERE people and we have to get a grip on the world. The week need to be weeded out of society! The only way we can live on is to have uniforms enforced everywhere: schools, the workforce, the streets, the home...everywhere."
01/24/2011:
"This is a very good website. I think that lots of kids should visit this exciting website!"
01/19/2011:
"This helped me on a persuasive essay I'm doing on this issue in school. I agree with both sides."
01/19/2011:
"Anyone who feels like uniforms are taking away from your right and ability to express yourself has very shallow opinions of their own personaltiy. I am not so materialistic that I would supressed by a uniform and neither should anyone else. When these students grow up and get to the real world, uniforms are manditory in almost all lines of work, so it would be great to just get use to it. "
01/10/2011:
"I am doing a project in my english class on school uniforms. I need to find things about why they are not good for students. If you know anything about them could you please contact me? That would be great. My email is pleistico@yahoo.com, once again thank you very much if you can tell me anything."
01/4/2011:
"I think that what the opponents say are exactly true! My mom has to spend so much money on uniforms every year, she just doesnt have the money!! And about the 'band aid' that is definetly true. my school still has fights everyday. uniforms never helped that. Thank you! u gave me all the info i need!!!"
12/7/2010:
"this gave me alot of information i needed and i thank yall"
12/6/2010:
"Uniforms are absurd, preposterous, wacky, unreasonable, crazy, dippy, freaky, and idiotic! Kids deserve some kind of freedom!"
12/6/2010:
"Strict uniform = Complete craziness and lack of individuality No Uniform = More neutral behavior in children...... My point is there should be no public school out there with a uniform policy, save it for private schools! The kids don't like it! It's nearly a laugh, but really a cry.........."
12/3/2010:
"My school requires uniforms, and I absolutely hate them! These facts are completely true."
12/2/2010:
"I live in a very small town, so it is easy to single out students because they don't have the name brand clothes that allegedly make you cool. Unfortunately, kids are judged by what they are wearing. For a lot of students, they prefer to befriend someone who has the 'right clothes', which lowers the self-esteem of those students who cannot afford the very expensive name brand clothes. So I think school uniforms is a good idea because rather than judging someone by what they are wearing, they can look beyond that and actually get to know that person."
11/29/2010:
"Uniforms are cruel things that adults force upon innocent children. The idea of uniforms was created, people thinking this would improve school discipline by preventing unnecessary violence. My daughter is always complaining that the other girls have better-looking uniforms, and that she doesn't look stylish without matching colors, scarfs, etc. The 'cool' uniforms cost a fortune, our family isn't very wealthy.I struggle with this uniform problem while struggling with work and keeping my daughter fed and happy. My daughter is being constantly made fun of and excluded from 'groups' with her friends because of her clothing. She has beautiful casual clothing that makes her feel confident to step out and show out herself, but with uniforms, she's shy and feels ashamed. if there were no uniforms, our family would have enough to eat every night, have a daughter with a confident smile on her face, and a very grateful mother. (me)"
11/18/2010:
"i think uniforms to me are based on self control like if students cant really control themselves on there appearence and just have to have the latest fashion sense and are very worried on how they look then yes uniforms woulf be a good thing for them because all they have to is just wear one outfit instead of picking out something to wear plus they wont be more focused on fashion students might complain but they will more then likley be more focused on there work.so really all students need to do is just stop worrying about there outside appearence and just get over the fact that they are either out of style or whatever."
11/18/2010:
"Hey thanks this helped me with a school report. I am definitely against this whole thing--uniforms don't really matter to students anyway. We're not going to do any better just because you dress us all up like nerds."
11/16/2010:
"'I am a high school student in a public school without uniforms. The school I used to live by is very well known for their gang activity and violence, this school has a very strict uniform policy. The school I am attending now doesn't have uniforms and we don't seem to have a very big issue with violence and gang activity. I also noticed the town I used to live in that required uniforms was very well-known for the gang activity and violence outside of school and on the streets. Where I live now doesn't have this issue as strongly as the other town did. 'I also noticed that there is no proof of academic achievement through the use of uniforms in a school. The only improvements listed were attendance and behavioral. Could it be that by having uniforms in school it only pushes the violence to the streets instead of a controlled setting where there are far less issues and far less people hurt? Either way with or without uniforms there will be gangs and will be violence, I've seen both settings with and without.' "
11/1/2010:
"I beleive that school uniforms do have affect on the behaivor of the kids but it takes away their independance and freedom. It's like taking the kids personality away and replacing it anew with a organized one"
10/26/2010:
"I believe school uniforms are detrimental to the entire reason I have to attend school. When I am at school it is to learn, not to have some 'code' enforced upon me. These pointless rules make school tedious and unenjoyable. There wil be prejudice, just as there has always been. There will be violence in a public scool due to the immaturity of the children attending. They will be from different backgrounds and hate is learned. People will gang up on one another because that is how they function, in groups. Uniforms do nothing to change any of these things."
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