In many state schools, the choice to wear school uniforms is made by the school district. Parents and students have to go along with the decision. Wearing a school uniform vs. regular clothes has benefits.
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In 1987, the first state school in the U.S. passed a mandatory school uniform rule, according to the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). In 2000, more than 21 per cent of all state schools had a uniform policy.
In schools where there is a uniform policy, statistics show a drop in crime, school suspensions, sex offences and vandalism, according to the NAESP.
Wearing a school uniform vs. regular clothes assures no one will stand out for having more expensive clothing than others. Having all students in the same clothing reduces incidences of bullying.
Having a school uniform policy keeps the focus on education instead of socialisation. Students are less likely to segregate into groups when all students dress in uniforms.
Freedom to Choose
Enforcing a school uniform policy shows some students that schools are getting serious about discipline. Some students resent the idea of taking away their freedom of expressing themselves through their choice of school clothing.
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