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Reasons Why Students Should Not Wear Uniforms

Updated February 21, 2017

The issue of whether schools should introduce uniforms is one topic that is constantly being debated today. Schools are for the idea, but students want to be free of any such regulations. The aim of making uniforms compulsory is to make students feel equal and ensure a certain style of dressing in school, but is it always helpful? Here are some arguments that the anti-uniform groups put forth.

Against Freedom of Expression

It is ironic that while schools teach students about their rights, they themselves stifle the students' right to expression by making them wear uniforms. Making it mandatory to wear school uniforms can be a suppression of the students' individuality. When a school introduces uniforms, it is making the clothing decisions that are normally made by the students and the students' parents.

Uniforms Don't Make Better Students

Most schools argue that students should wear uniforms to make them concentrate less on their clothes and appearance, and more on their studies. However, wearing a uniform does not automatically make a student more attentive or hard-working. There may be deeper, more relevant reasons for the students' lack of focus or attention, and the school should try to resolve any of those problems rather than imposing the uniform as a remedy for this.

Expense factor

When students can wear civilian clothes to school, the parents can decide where to shop for them and have the option of buying them from a discount store or during the sale season. With a uniform, the expenses increase. Each child needs to have a few sets of uniforms (and the number goes up if the students have different kinds of uniforms for different activities like classes, sports, etc.) which she is bound to outgrow in a matter of months. This means that the parents will have to buy the child another complete set of uniforms, and also other clothes that the child can wear after school and on the weekend. This is an expensive proposition.

Equality factor

The most commonly cited argument for uniforms is that it removes all distinction of students' economic status and class. Now, this may be true in schools that have students from various economic groups. However, most schools that make uniforms compulsory are private institutions that are attended by students belonging to the higher socio-economic groups. Enforcing a uniform rule for a sense of equity is irrelevant in these cases.

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Marcus Paine started writing in 2002 and has worked with some popular publishing houses in Gloucestershire like Edward Elgar Publishing and Nelson Thornes. His work, "Exploring Cheltenham" was featured in Elgar Publishing's weekly newsletters. Paine earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Master of Arts in mass communication from the University of Gloucestershire and London Metropolitan University, respectively.