Running Head: SCHOOL UNIFORMS SHOULD BE MANDATORY 1 School Uniforms Should Be Mandatory (Final) Latisha Palmer ENG 122: English Composition II Michael Brown July 20, 2015
SCHOOL UNIFORMS SHOULD BE MANDATORY 2 Dress codes in schools have always been a problem because students find it hard to follow the rules on what they can or cannot wear to school. While clothing is a minor issue when it comes to education, wearing uniforms does seem to improve the education environment. Therefore, I believe that uniforms should be enforced to all students from elementary to high schools. Many issues surround school uniforms, such as; some people believe that they increase student behavior and concertation while others believe that they are not important at all. School uniforms should be mandatory because they promote safety, reduce bullying, and peer pressure, eliminates the display of gang related colors and insignia, reduce income difference between students, and help the school and the parents. School uniforms prevent the occurrence of crime and promote safety for all students. An article from procon.org gives detail on how the rates of different crimes have dropped with the use of school uniforms in Long Beach, California. “In Long Beach, CA, after two years of a district-wide K-8 mandatory uniform policy, reports of assault and battery in the district's schools decreased by 34%, assault with a deadly weapon dropped by 50%, fighting incidents went down by 51%, sex offenses were cut by 74%, robbery dropped by 65%, possession of weapons (or weapon "look-alikes") decreased by 52%, possession of drugs went down by 69%, and vandalism was lowered by 18%” (procong.org). If a change in clothing can help with the way the children act in the school and outside of the school, then we should have a change in clothing requirements for schools. There are too many children getting hurt over stupid things such as what they wear and how they wear it. Bullying and peer pressure is a very difficult for any child to overcome, but with the help of uniforms, we can help children overcome that fear. Bullying and peer pressure are very high in school all across the world and every child goes thru it at some point in their life. School
SCHOOL UNIFORMS SHOULD BE MANDATORY 3 uniforms can reduce the number of children that have to go thru bullying and peer pressure. According to procon.org, “When all students are dresses alike, competition between students over clothing choices and the teasing of those who are dressed in less expensive and less fashionable outfits can be eliminated”. In 2013, the National Association of Elementary School
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