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In order for a school to be successful it must meet the minimum requirements of being safe and well disciplined. Wearing the same type of dress reduces social snobbery, peer pressure and discrimination in schools. It gives a sense of equality and students feel more secure in schools. When students feel safe and secure and the equality is implemented in their learning environment, students are more likely to focus on educational achievement and the values of good citizenship. Students from wealthy backgrounds wouldn't tend to look down and disgrace to the students who are not as wealthier like them. Uniforms wouldn't let wealthier students to judge or discriminate others by their outfits they wear. It would help poor students by not being a victim of discrimination. Students will be judged by their own merits, not by what brand of jeans, shoes or any outfit they wear.
School uniforms, "if it means teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets than our public schools should be able to require students to wear school uniforms"- Bill Clinton
This quote by Bill Clinton sums up exactly why school uniforms should be implemented in every public and secondary schools. School uniforms would not only decrease violence and discrimination but it would also promote a better school atmosphere. If all these low keys were applied, nothing can stop a school and students to be successful and well disciplined.
As fashion and trends change, students become more concerned with how they look and how they are perceived than they do with their academic achievements. Students spend so much time and money and stressed over on their looks and clothes to be popular and prominent in schools. Some students have lost the professionalism involved with education. They don't think school as a place of learning or work but rather a place to hang out with friends and socialize. Clothing and fashion is often the root of social conflict. Students often ridiculed by other students because of the way they dress. Many students feel that other students, teachers and administrators judge them according to what they wear. That's why they would spend so much money for their clothes just to be prominent. When it comes to students who do not have as much money as others to afford new fashion trends can lead to be a victim of embarrassment about their parents' income. It would probably lead to the ideology that they are less than others or not equal among them. This type of school atmosphere can affect students and put educational institutions into trouble. School uniform would reduce these factors from the social environment within the school, thus relieving students from the pressure to fit in. It would also bring a better school climate and help students to concern more on their academic achievements.
Richard Murray in 1997 wrote in NASSP Bulletin (as cited by Konheim-Kalkstein, 2006) "The results of a survey of 306 middle school students in Charleston, S.C. Murray found that students in a middle school with a uniform policy had a significantly better perception of their school's climate in terms of academic and social outcomes than did students in a school without a uniform policy" (pp. 24-27).
This survey shows that how uniform policy can bring a better school climate. By better school environment means when teachers observe positive behavior and peer interactions, less discrimination and teasing and better self esteem among students. These key factors would lead students to view each other as individuals, or seeing a person for whom they are not for who's who because of their clothing.
Implementing school uniforms provides a lesser chance for bullying to occur because bullies often look for an "outsider" to pick on. When all students are required to dress by the same code, bullies are less likely to point out a difference in style or brand. In this way, a uniform policy is intended to give students a sense of belonging. Safety is one of the main issues in schools these days. Employing uniforms as part of the school code may reduce crime and violence in schools in many ways. One way would be that students would not be able to dress in a way that they can directly showed a sort of gang affiliation. Some students show their attitude by using their wardrobe to support and represent gang affiliation. A certain selection of colors, posture or style could mean connection with gang activity. Enforcing a school uniform policy limits this type of situation and prevents bullying that otherwise would come from opposing affiliations.
The Superintendent of the Long Beach school system, Carl A. Cohn, went on record stating, "that during the first year of uniform implementation suspensions decreased by 32%, school crime by 36%, fighting by 51%, and vandalism by 18%" (Cohn, 2004, para. 10).Â
This research definitely shows a direct and substantial link to school uniforms and the decrease in school crimes, violence and gang activities. There are other benefits to the implementation of school uniform such as, it enhances school safety, improve school learning environment, higher self-esteem for students and less stress for families.
Research and evidence clearly shows that a uniform policy can and does increase the safety of school, reduce the number of disruptions based on behavioral problems. It is positively beneficial for the school climate, promotes a professional setting in which the focus of the school is on education and academic success.Â Looking among the student body and seeing that everyone appears to be same also provides a sense of school pride that allows the students to understand that they are all striving toward a common goal.