School Uniforms

Mandatory uniforms is an answer that some give to stop the recent andalarming rise inviolence and drop out rates in our public schools. Those that supportuniforms argue thatuniforms disguise economic and ethnic backgrounds, so students are nolonger jealous of others.The financial burden on parents is lifted. But do uniforms really giveall of these benefits? Canjust one change in public schools make them so much better?
The wearing of uniforms in more of the nation's public schools hasbeen a much-talked aboutissue recently, with President Clinton and several members of Congressvoicing their support.Supporters of school uniforms say social and economic classes would nolonger be revealed bystudents' clothing, schools will have more of a sense of community, andstudents' self-esteemwill improve. Some gang members have hurt or murdered innocent peoplebecause of a coloreditem of clothing they chose to wear. Proponents assert that uniformswill reduce this type ofviolence in schools and, therefore, make classes safe and orderly. Uniforms have been shown toreduce absentee rates as well. In situations where there are severaldifferent financialbackgrounds attending the same school students may be under pressure,and possibly ridiculedbecause of failure to conform to the latest fashion trends. Everybodywearing the same styles ofclothes might eliminate that. In response to growing levels of violencein our schools, manyparents, teachers, and school officials have come to see school uniformsas one positive andcreative way to reduce discipline problems and increase school safety. They observed that theadoption of school uniform policies can promote school safety, improvediscipline, and enhancethe learning environment. As a result, many local communities aredeciding to adopt schooluniform policies as part of an overall program to improve school safetyand discipline.California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New York,Tennessee, Utah andVirginia have enacted school uniform regulations.
Even though social and economic barriers can be torn down, someschools have not had asmuch success. In fact, implementing mandatory school uniforms can bedangerous because itprovides the community with a false sense of security. It is likeputting a small bandage on anenormous wound, instead of attempting to find ways to truly deal withthe bleeding. Althoughthis can happen, uniforms prove to continue to be a success. In arecent study of uniforms inGeorgia Schools, eighty percent of students stated that they did notfeel that the uniformsreduced fights and 68.7% felt that uniforms did not help to make themfeel a part of school. Oneargument is that if our society is to ever get past bigotry andprejudices, it is imperative thatstudents learn to accept people that do not dress like them, but othersbelieve that uniforms bringdifferent cultured people together. I believe that uniforms usuallyhelp in most areas, but I donot see a huge need for them in Ware County. The greatest effect of theschool uniforms wouldbe not having to wear labcoats!
I myself would not feel at any way individually squashed if I weremade to wear a uniform.Everyone must look at the main issue pertaining to this topic. OurLives, without ourindividuality is meaningless. I would be more than willing to wear auniform to school and besafe and let my personality express my individualism, and be judged forwhat I am than to bejudged and be pput into a life threatening situation for what color Iwas wearing.