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Dress to impress or embarrass? The topic of instilling uniforms in public school districts has been an area of interest to many people in the recent years. Public schools that have implemented this ruling have made headlines of newspapers, as well as prime time news reports. The political spectrum put their two cents in the pool, when President Bill Clinton, mentioned uniforms in his state of the union address in 1996. Clinton boldly states that, “…if it means that teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets, then our public schools should require students to wear uniforms” (Source). With many different viewpoints this subject is seen as a hot debate topic. On one side you have radicals, who think uniforms will do nothing but suppress the student rights of individuality. While conservatives, believe uniforms to be propitious to the student body. Then, there are always the few people who do not care either way. Can uniforms be gratifying to kids or does the stress of rules and regulations defeat the purpose of uniforms as a whole. Uniforms can offer a variety of avails according to those who support them. “Uniforms promote school safety, enhance the learning environment and diminish the clothing competition,” says Linda Rondeau, assistant superintendent of educational services at Pittsburg Unified School District (Brunsma). Uniforms can assist to make a school safer, intruders are easily identifiable. If someone were to come into a school not in uniform they would obviously stand out, therefore preventing a potentially hazardous situation. Many schools go on field trips to highly populated areas; their students would be easier to recognize if they were all in the same clothing. This reduces the stress on teachers and parents who are concerned with their student’s safety outside of the classroom. The wearing of uniforms makes it hard to distinguish high class from low class therefore eliminating any potential stress kids may have. A man visiting a school in the state of California was asked to try to identify the difference between two boys in uniform
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(Brunsma). One boy was the son of a wealthy father, who was a movie producer, and the other was a child who lived in the homeless shelter, he was provided a uniform through the local church in the area (Brunsma). The man was unable to see the difference, this proves that uniforms prevent the stress of socioeconomic class (Brunsma). Another contribution that uniforms assemble is more protection for students in the case of teenage violence. Uniforms are a superior way of making sure that all students are seen and treated similarly by their peers and teachers (Brunsma). The children do not have to live with the apprehension of what to wear, whether or not their attire is up to date, or perhaps whether they are going to be harassed for wearing expensive or inexpensive outfits (Brunsma). Instead, all they will need to worry about is their ability to perform their best in the classroom (Brunsma). This should be the main focus of any school; to promote the best environment for a child to be
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This essay was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course ENGL 103 taught by Professor Lusk during the Spring '06 term at Clemson.

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