Why Kids Should Wear Uniforms to School

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Why Kids Should Wear Uniforms to School
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Wearing school uniforms is still more prevalent in private schools than in state schools today. However, more and more state schools are adopting a school uniform policy for many reasons. For gym class, most schools require students to wear T-shirts and shorts with the school logo.

Having a school uniform is good both for the kids and the academic institution. Even former President Bill Clinton supported Long Beach, California's uniform initiative back in 1996.

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Performance

According to the State School Review website, having a school uniform can indirectly improve the academic performance of students. You might have noticed how you spend a lot of time choosing what to wear in school and that it tends to distract you from schoolwork. A school where everyone is in uniform promotes a more serious, almost professional environment that can bring your attention back to learning and improving your performance.

Cost

A school uniform policy can significantly decrease your family's budget for clothing. If your school has a uniform policy, you will spend most of your school life wearing uniforms, and that means five days a week, up to eight hours a day.

There's no need for you to buy lots of branded or designer clothing. You only need to dress up (or dress down) during weekends or if there's any school activity or event.

Social Implications

According to the Long Beach statistics, the crime rate in the district's schools has lowered since the school uniform code was implemented. Since then, state schools in Chicago, Sacramento, Phoenix, Seattle, Memphis, Baltimore and Atlanta have followed suit.

The implementation of the policy in state schools has reduced gang-related crimes and violence as it became a lot more difficult for these kids to commit crimes between classes with their uniforms on. You also can feel a lot safer inside your school as the administrators can easily identify dangerous outsiders.

Effects on Disadvantaged Students

Because uniforms can have a high upfront cost, most schools with uniform policies also have a system in place to provide for economically disadvantaged students. This can include uniform donations from graduates and financial aid from other parents, the school district or local businesses.

Having a uniform policy blurs the lines between rich and poor by requiring everyone to wear the same outfit.

Controversy

School uniforms remain controversial due to some students being unhappy wearing them, the upfront cost for parents and conflicting results from various studies. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, only 14 per cent of state schools required students to wear uniforms from 2005 to 2006.

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