Advantages Of The School Uniform
In this modern era, where trends, styles, and fashions are at a high peak, it is anything but difficult to see any motivation behind why certain students are alienated because of the pieces of clothing they wear and the social occasions they are connected with. In my opinion, I believe that introducing school uniforms may be a great way of stopping this as everyone will be forced to show up to school in the same outfit. This can be better explained by three main points: increase the students focus in their studies, easy to make friends and reduce parent’s burden.
Firstly, wearing a school uniform increase the focus of every student on studies. Rather than focusing and commenting on others’ casual wearing or looks, school uniforms must be mandatory in both primary and secondary schools. It reduces the student’s responsibility to decide one day before what to wear every morning. Uniforms save time and reduce the stress often associated with casual wearing. It improves the attendance of the student as they know there is a single dress code and everyone have to wear the same every-day.
Secondly, school uniforms help the students to make friends easily and reduce gang fights. Furthermore, it decreases the level of discrimination as it helps to make all the students feel equal and it also enhances the learning environment. Uniforms have the power to create a strong relationship among the students. Wearing the same uniform gives the students a sense of community. It increases student’s self-confidence by which they can easily share their ideas. For example, in the first year of the mandatory uniform policy in Long Beach, California, officials reported that fighting in schools decreased by more than 50%, assault, and battery by 34%, sex offenses by 74%, and robbery by 66%. (Wade, K. K., & Stafford, M. E. (2003).
Finally, everyone does not have the same standard of living and financial status. It differs from family to family. Students put pressure on their family to buy new trendy clothes which is three times expensive than school uniform. Most parents are in the support of uniform policy because it saves their money, as the cost of uniforms is much less than fashionable clothes. (KELLY,2012). Parents also do not have the pressure to buy uniforms again and again because one uniform can be worn for more than two years. Accomplishing mandatory school uniforms in both primary and secondary schools would make all the students look the same regardless of their financial status.
Opposers of school uniforms claim that strict dress codes reduce the ability of students to express themselves. By forcing the students to wear school uniforms, limit student’s creativity. This point has some merit on the surface but school is not a place for a fashion show, it is a place of a temple where everyone should be in discipline. Students are welcomed to gain knowledge not to judge each other based on looks and dress.
In conclusion, there are many advantages of wearing a school uniform. It is said that wearing a school uniform makes a student more disciplined and responsible. It also destroys all the barriers between rich and poor and makes everyone equal.