Should Students have to Wear School Uniforms?

There has been a constant argument among parents, school system and government regarding the student’s school uniform that should students have to wear school uniforms. There are certain people who argue that school uniforms should not be requisite to wear in school. Conversely, there are rather many people who agree with wearing school uniforms. They represent their views that school is such a place that there should be uniformity in everything. Students from kindergarten to high school should be required to wear a regulated uniform. They argue that students wearing school uniforms would be the beneficial not only for students but also, for parents and school (ProCon.org, 2014). From my own personal experiences and research I must support to the arguments of including uniforms in all schools. I would be on the side of applying school uniforms policy into all school systems throughout the country. After reading from procon.org, I noticed that the suggested reasons inside the pros are appropriate arguments for including uniforms in schools.

I support to most of their listed pros premises. Among those, I have selected three reasons for being in favor of student uniform in schools which support my position. These three premises include- first one is that school uniforms keep students focused on their education, not their clothes, the second reason is that school uniforms may deter crime and increase student safety, and last one is that school uniforms can save parent’s money (ProCon.org, 2014). I think these three reasons are best reasons to represent arguments in favor of wearing uniforms in school. Uniforms help to students to concentrate more on their learning and discipline rather than concentrating on what to wear to school, how they look, and how they match with their friends.

Uniforms are safe for students, since it helps to identify their movements easily (ProCon.org, 2014). It helps to identify intruders (those are non-uniformed) from students on school campus. When the intruder comes to school campus they could easily be recognized and deterred before they cause any incident. School uniforms can help to parents in reducing their additional expense for purchasing trendy clothes for their children (ProCon.org, 2014). From the Procon.org, I have selected three premises opposing to my position. The first opposing premise is “The push for school uniforms is driven by commercial interests rather than educational ones” (ProCon.org, 2014). In trying to believe this commercial point of view, school uniforms are intended to be cheaper by clothing companies so that selling of product could be more each year and profitable for them. When I took a closer look, I believed this view that the cost of buying school uniforms exceeds the cost of normal clothes. The second opposing premise is “School uniforms in public schools impose an extra expense on families”(ProCon.org, 2014). I believed this view when poor parents could not afford the expense of uniforms and take out their children from those public schools. The third opposing premise is“Focusing on uniforms takes attention away from finding genuine solutions to problems in education” (ProCon.org, 2014). The school system has some problems in education which need to be solved through proper ways. If schools will focus on uniforms, they could not give attention to solve those education related problems.

The forms of biases I experienced when reading the premises both for and against my position on the uniforms in schools include self-interest bias and socioeconomic disparities bias. The self-interest bias works on the premise that parents and students become motivated to see an outcome that favors their needs. Most of the parents desire the safe learning environments in the school for their children. Uniforms are safe for students, since it helps to identify their movements easily (ProCon.org, 2014). A sense of pride with the wearing of uniforms could bring desire of students for uniforms. The second type of bias is socioeconomic disparities.

School uniform could reduce socioeconomic disparities between rich and poor students and bring uniformity in school (ProCon.org, 2014). The effects of my enculturation may have influenced these biases. I had uniforms in school and most of the time it did make my life safety and easier. It provided a positive school atmosphere to me. I was able to focus more on the studies rather than looking appearance. I personally, felt pride as a school student. Relating to above biases, uniform policies are being adopted by most of the schools throughout the country. The implementation of uniforms in our schools are most effective which helps the students focused on the right path. In conclusion, I will say that it is a very good debate regarding the wearing of school uniforms. I would appreciate above viewpoints regarding the above topic. If I had not played the “Believing Game” when it came to keeping uniforms out of schools, I would have never seen all concerns that were there. After thoroughly taking look at all sides of the argument I was able to see what are justifiable on the topic. Wearing of school uniform provides too many potential benefits to students, school community and parents. School uniforms could be able to reduce the socio-economic disparities, increase student’s attentiveness on studies, provide student safety, save parents money on trendy clothes, and increase student’s sense of pride for belonging to school community.

References:

ProCon.org (2014). Explore Pros & Cons of Controversial Issue. School Uniforms. 2014. Retrieved from https://school-uniforms.procon.org/

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