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Makayla CsencsitsComm 2May 31, 2020School Uniforms and Dress Code PoliciesSchool uniforms have been a highly debated topic in both public schools and private schools all around the United States for many years (UWF, 2016). In “School Dress Codes and Uniform Policies”, an article published in the Policy Report by Wendall Anderson in 2002, statesstudents should follow a strict dress code or uniform policy set forth by schools that limit what students can wear. According to Anderson, having a dress code or uniform policy can help diminish student exclusion, reducesabsenteeism, and promotessafety. In “Dressing Diversity: Politics of Difference and the Case of School Uniforms”, an article published in 2015 by Samantha Deane in the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society, statesstudents should have the freedom to wear any article of clothing to allow for diversity acceptance. According to Deane, having a dress code or uniform policy hinders the ability for students to express themselves and learn about diversity. I think there should be a common ground for students to have some freedom of choice on what they wear with limitations on what is appropriate for a learning environment.Some school districts choose to use a strict dress code or a uniform policy. Using a dress code or wearing uniforms can help diminish the exclusion of students. By using uniforms, students are not labeled by their family’s income level (Anderson, 2002). Also, those who are unable to afford the more expensive brand name clothing are not being excluded, since everyone is wearing the same thing. Another benefit of uniforms is the decrease in absenteeism. For many
families, both parents work, and if a child misses their ride to school, they may not be able to attend. Because students do not have to spend time deciding what they are going to wear to school, they are able to get out the door faster, limiting the chance of missing the bus (Anderson, 2002). It also limits the fighting between parents and children about what is school appropriate.