High School Students Should Wear Uniforms Essay Contest

A shirt, tie and blazer may not be the ingredients for my favourite outfit, but if I were given the choice, I wouldn’t throw away the idea of school uniform. Wearing a uniform is a badge of pride, creates an identity for a school and is an important part of being a school student.

“Uniforms show that you are part of an organisation. Wearing it says we’re all in this together,” Jason Wing, head teacher at the Neale-Wade academy in Cambridgeshire, says.

“Also, if you wear your uniform with pride, it means you are half way there to being respectful, buying into what the organisation is all about.’’

Claire Howlette, an English teacher, agrees: “Uniforms give students a sense of belonging to a particular school and create an identity for the school in the community.”

My school is one of many that seem to be reverting to a more formal uniform – this September I will be wearing a shirt and blazer instead of my old jumper and polo shirt. A number of students have complained about the change, but general opinion is that the jumpers and polo shirts were “childish”.

A school uniform teaches students to dress smartly and take pride in their appearance. Howlette says: “Uniforms help students to prepare for when they leave school and may have to dress smartly or wear a uniform.”

Some people believe that a school uniform can improve learning by reducing distraction, sharpening focus on schoolwork and making the classroom a more serious environment, allowing students to perform better academically.

Perhaps most importantly, a uniform means students don’t have to worry about peer pressure when it comes to their clothes. When everyone is dressed the same, worrying about what you look like isn’t so important. There is no competition about being dressed in the latest trend, which would put a great deal of financial pressure on students and parents. Potential bullies have one less target for their insults; it’s hard to make fun of what someone is wearing when you’re dressed exactly the same.

In America, where a majority of schools do not have a uniform, roughly 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. This might not be directly linked to what they’re wearing, but having a uniform can be a safety net for many students who might otherwise suffer from bullying. A strict uniform gives the impression that rules are strict too, perhaps helping maintain a sense of order at school.

Although wearing a school uniform is less expensive than buying a whole wardrobe of outfits, uniform can still be pricey. Many schools have a specific supplier, and wearing cheaper alternatives can result in punishment if the black skirt you’re wearing isn’t exactly the right black skirt. Finding uniform that fits you, especially if you’re limited to one shop, can also be a struggle.

Recently the Liberal Democrats held a conference about the cost of school uniforms across England. The education minister David Laws is to issue new guidance to end the practice of using a single uniform supplier, enabling parents to shop around for uniform. If schools decide to change their uniform, for example with a new emblem or colour, changes should be restricted to one or two items, preferably with sew-on logos. Changing from a one-supplier system could help families with the cost of school uniform.

Although it might seem a shame to miss out on those two years of dressing as you like at school, I welcome the smart dress code. Not only does it make getting dressed each morning a lot easier, but it sets sixth formers up as role models for younger students, and that’s important.

Macy Vallance, a year-eight student, says: “I like uniforms because everyone is the same and no one can be left out by the way they are dressed. Our new uniform looks smarter, which is good.”

My uniform might not be what I would wear in my own time, but it gives me a sense of belonging, takes away the pressure of what to wear and deters the bullies. School uniform isn’t fashionable, but that’s exactly why I think it should be here to stay.

Image Credit: Lydia N., Greenfield, IN

Imagine having to wear school uniforms everyday. The same dress code every week., the same color pants and shirts every week. Uniforms especially those that have color and style requirements for every part of the outfit are not easy for many parents to afford. Students should be able to have a choice to wear whatever they want.Students should not have to wear uniforms;they should be able to express their style, school uniforms should be banned, children's freedom of expression is restricted by school uniforms.

 

Students should be able to express their style. “Parents, kids and even ALCU have noted that growing children need to learn to express themselves.” We cannot be able to express ourselves by wearing basic uniform.(Rauscher)“Some may assume that school uniforms lessen a family clothing expense.’’ (Rauscher)Most uniforms is expensive especially the kind I like to wear, the cheap ones are itchy. “Wearing uniform takes away your freedom of expression.”  (“Do School Uniforms Violate a Student’s Right to Freedom of Expression?”) Uniforms are too plain and ordinary.


School uniforms should be banned. “Almost 20% of public schools in America now require students to wear uniforms to school.” (Rauscher) Most schools don’t require students to wear uniform but now the district has changed the policy. “I see the world became so uniform. Everybody has to be the same, I like people who are different.” (“Eric Cantona Quotes at BrainyQuote.com”) I can’t express my style by wearing uniform because it’s too basic.”School uniforms demand strict obedience in an environment with mandatory conformity.” (Rauscher) My school policy is strict as well we can't even wear scarfs.


Students freedom of expression is restricted by school uniforms. ‘’ Students who have to wear the same clothing as every other student in their school are not able to express their individuality and creativity.” (“Does Imposing School Uniforms Prevent Students from Creatively Expressing Themselves?”) .We should get rid of school uniforms so that all children can express themselves freely. “Most students who are required to wear uniforms consistently express strong distaste for them” (KatherineF) . I am one of those students that express strong distaste for them because I like to express my style. “Allowing students to wear what makes them feel comfortable will prevent them from feeling embarrassed and enable them to place confidence in their unique personal identity (KatherineF).” A lot of students get bullied because of what they wear.


Some students may disagree with me because they think we should have to wear uniform. Other students might believe that students should have to wear uniform. I believe we shouldn’t because we should be able to express the way we are. “We should wear uniforms because it’s easy for us to pick out clothes.” in students voice. I think we have more choices with our regular clothes. “We should wear uniforms because they go with everything.” Well if we don’t have to wear uniforms you can still wear uniforms if u want to. As you can see, is that I believe uniforms should be banned.


In conclusion, most people believe that we should wear uniform. Students should be able to freely express themselves. As a student it is hard to express yourself with all the enforced rules.I think uniforms should be banned from the entire usa. Students should not be recommended or required to wear uniforms, we have freedom, we shouldn’t have school rules. If we let uniforms continue, students will not be happy and be able to enjoy their free time as much as they want to. Taking that away and replacing it with a mandatory uniform will disable them from being able to choose for themselves in the future.

 

 

Work cited 


“Does Imposing School Uniforms Prevent Students from Creatively Expressing Themselves?” N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Jan. 2016.
“Do School Uniforms Violate a Student’s Right to Freedom of Expression?” N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Jan. 2016.
“Eric Cantona Quotes at BrainyQuote.com.” BrainyQuote. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Jan. 2016.
KatherineF. “3 Mains Reasons Why Kids Shouldn’t Have to Wear School Uniforms | eHow.” eHow. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Jan. 2016.
Rauscher, Matt. “Reasons Why Students Should Not Wear Uniforms | eHow.” eHow. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Jan. 2016.


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