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The Pros of School Uniforms: Why Students Should Wear School Uniforms

The Argument for School Uniforms

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The debate rages on in school and in homes. Should American students have to wear school uniforms? What are the pros to school uniforms in public schools? Let's explore the most common pros for school uniforms.

1. School Uniform Pro 1: The Uniform in Uniformity

Educators and experts who are pro school uniforms believe that uniforms contribute positively to students' behavior. They believe that when students wear uniforms, they feel more professional and behave accordingly. Many educators believe that students can become distracted by fashion trends and status symbol clothing. Therefore, when all students are dressed in regulation uniforms, there is less focus on fashion in the classroom and more focus on learning.

2. School Uniform Pro 2: Easier Mornings for Parents

When there's no debate on what a student is allowed wear to school, then that makes mornings easier for parents and for kids. Everyone knows exactly what the kids need to wear, their regulated school uniform. This can lead to a decrease in morning arguments.

3. School Uniform Pro 3: Dress Code Control

Schools without a school uniform policy still have rules on what clothing is and is not allowed in school. There are usually rules regarding modesty issues, visible logos, offensive text on clothing, gang colors and symbols and more. Teachers and administrative staff must monitor the students' attire. This is of course avoided when all students are in uniform.

4. School Uniform Pro 4: An Even Playing Field

One of the most obvious argument for school uniforms is that by having all children dressed the same, there is a decrease in bullying and teasing. In this era of status brands and high-fashion trends, clothing has become the definitive status symbol for children and teens. By evening the playing field with uniforms, there is less opportunity for children to be picked on or shunned for their clothes.

5. School Uniform Pro 5: School Spirit

Many experts believe that when the entire student body is dressed in uniforms, they develop a stronger team mentality. When they are all dressed alike, their all-for-one-and-one-for-all comradery is boosted.

6. School Uniform Pro 6: Simple Economics

Buying a few school uniforms instead of a new school wardrobe every fall is much more economical. School uniforms are designed to stand up to everyday wear and repeated washing so most parents find that they can get away with buying a few sets.

7. School Uniform Pro 7: Weekend Style

With all the money a parent saves by not having to buy day to day clothes, they can (if they so choose) let their children buy a few nicer and more fashionable pieces for weekends and evenings. Wearing a uniform five days a week might make students appreciate their weekend fashions more--maybe enough to even take good care of them!

8. Or Maybe Not...

Don't agree? Read the arguments against school uniforms.
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