Uniforms Should Be Mandated In Schools In The United States
It’s hard to think that something as little as wearing school uniforms could help in how a student learns but if you think about it how we dress effects a lot of things. Let’s say a judge decided to wear jeans and a tee shirt to court instead of their normal robe. That would be disturbing because it is not what they normally wear. The same goes for students; uniforms help them know their responsibility as students. School uniforms are worn in some public schools and almost all private schools and vary from school to school. Uniforms aren’t bad and they help level students to each other, which aids in their learning.
Believe it or not but wearing school uniforms can give your school more spirit because they will be promoting the school identity. That is why sports teams wear the same uniform to promote unity. Uniforms are more focused on learning than on other people’s fashion. This helps reinforce the educational purpose of schools. It also helps show boys how to be well groomed and girls to be beautiful. It allows students to look at their fellow student behavior and their personality and not how they dress. Students allows student to determine what is expected in school and the freedom they have out of school in fashion.
It does take more than school uniforms to increase academic performance because there is other factors that go into success in schools. But schools in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan that have uniforms have the best test scores internationally. This could mean that the uniforms give the students a more serious attitude towards their studies.
One of the most successful examples of school uniform policies is at the Long Beach Unified School District, which educates almost a hundred thousand students. Five years after the policy was in place the crime rate dropped eighty six percent and enrollment increased fourteen percent. And the school attendance is at ninety five percent, which is the school’s highest in over eighteen years.
In Baltimore at the Meade Middle School at Fort Meade, the principal saw and increase in learning in their school since the incorporation of uniforms. Students are more focused on learning than what their follow students are wearing. This might sound like a great solution for students to learn better but parents need to be on board with this decision as well. Until every school does this, we will never know for sure if uniforms do improve learning.