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Sundstrom 1 Cordray Sundstrom Michele Wollenzier College Writing 1 4 May 2017 Should uniforms be adopted in public school districts? During high school, many students have either been a victim of dress code violations or have seen it happen to someone else. Being called out in front of the class or in the hallway embarrasses the student, especially when they can’t defend themselves. Arbitrary rules set in place by traditional men, generations before the students now, need to be updated to keep up with the culture that continues to thrive. Most districts have some sort of dress code written in the student handbook telling youth what they can and cannot wear to the place of education. A few schools are stricter than others, making it their number one priority to bust adolescents wearing the wrong clothing items into the building. School district's claim that inappropriate clothing can cause distractions and interruptions in the teaching environment. No matter the consequences given, teenagers are still going to put on whatever they want because most of the time it’s the more comfortable option. Compared to institutes where children have to wear uniforms, public schools allow kids the freedom to express themselves (to a certain point) through the clothing they wear. Students shouldn’t have to wear uniforms because it restricts their freedom of expression, advocates conformity, students overall dislike them, and it could be harmful when developing into their adult lives. The Constitution states the freedom expression in the 1st Amendment, thus dress codes in schools violate this Amendment to a certain degree. According to Cornell University Law School, “The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly,
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Sundstrom 2 and the right to petition” (Cornell). If schools have uniforms set in place, this freedom of expression gets taken away from the student. Wearing the same type of clothing each day with the same school colors provides a boring wardrobe for the child. Imagine having three pairs of khaki pants, three identical skirts, and five polos hanging in the closet (granted there is other clothes for when the student is not in school).These uniforms are also uncomfortable to have on each day. If girls have to wear skirts as their uniform, a few girls may not like the fact that they have to show themselves in that way. The skirt might not fit their body type, making them not confident in themselves around their peers. Also, some adolescents might not feel content wearing the uniform to the place of education in front of the other students. Allowing the youth to dress in comfy apparel and something they feel confident in strengthens the importance of their learning environment.
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