Ten Reasons Why Children Should Wear Uniforms

Updated July 18, 2017

School uniforms are specific clothes that schools allow children to wear. Both public and private schools may implement dress codes. Each school that uses uniforms has its own uniform code. They may require children to wear specific colours, items of clothing, and may have length restrictions on clothing, such as shirts and skirts. While there are some arguments against children wearing uniforms to school, there are also some reasons why children should wear uniforms to school.

Neater Clothing

School uniform codes typically call for neatness. Examples of neatness rules include students having to tuck in their shirts and keep their trousers up over their underwear. If enforced, these rules will give all students in the school the same overall neatness in their appearance, possibly reducing instances of teasing regarding clothing appearance.

Bridge Economic Gaps

Whether a school is private or public, the same class issues exist in the school as outside of the school. Clothing often makes it obvious, to children and teachers alike, which children come from wealthier families. School uniforms do not eliminate all signs of economic status, but they do eliminate those found in basic clothing and put children on the same level in that regard.

Eliminate Revealing Clothing

Most schools have policies against revealing clothing, but children often push those boundaries. Enforced school uniforms eliminate the risk entirely by keeping allowed clothing specific. This may keep children's minds on school and prevent sexual harassment among students.

Lessen Distractions

Some of the clothing that children wear to school can be distracting. Comedic shirts, revealing skirts, Gothic clothes and punk-style clothes may distract other students. School uniforms can eliminate these distractions, though others are sure to persist.

Save Parents Money

School uniforms have the potential to save parents money on clothing. Plain uniform clothing is less expensive than the brands that middle and high school students like to wear. Furthermore, because there is no variety in a school uniform, children who wear them need fewer outfits in their wardrobes.

Career Preparation

Virtually every job will requires employees to wear a uniform or conform to a dress code. Wearing a school uniform will prepare students for the responsibility of dressing appropriately daily.

Parent Responsibility

Some parents do not involve themselves in their children's wardrobes. School uniforms force these parents to be responsible for what their children are wearing. If they continue to ignore what their children wear, they may find themselves having to drop off clothes at school or pick children up from school when their uniforms are incorrect.

Lessen Fashion Gaps

Children in schools sometimes form cliques based on fashion. The children that wear all black hang out together and the kids that wear ripped up jeans hang out together. Children use fashion trends to differentiate the popular kids from the unpopular kids. With school uniforms, there is less room for children to judge each other based on clothing choices.

Reduce Gang Activity

There has been a great deal of buzz in the academic community regarding implementing school uniforms to prevent gang activity in schools. This is because gang members cannot wear their colours if schools force them to wear a school uniform. There is some speculation as to whether this method works because students have other ways of showing colours and symbols. However, many schools find it necessary to the safety of all the students.

Prevent Unnecessary Competition

Competing to have the most fashionable clothes is a distraction to students. Instead of focusing on their schoolwork, they focus on their appearance. A child should not have to spend hours getting ready for school in the morning. Because uniforms eliminate so many clothing options, they also lessen clothing competitiveness.

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Shelly Barclay began writing in 1990, focusing on fiction. She has been writing nonfiction articles since 2008. Her work appears on various websites, focusing on topics such as history, cooking, scrapbooking, travel and animals. Before she began writing, Barclay was a line cook for 10 years.