violent, gang-related, sexually explicit or suggestive messages, large or baggy clothes, holes in clothes, scarves, curlers, bandanas, sweatbands, visible undergarments, strapless garments, bare midriffs, tights, leggings, bike shorts, visible piercings, dog collars, wallet chains, and large hair picks. According to greatschools.org, a uniform a “school might require are white button-down shirts and ties for boys, pleated skirts for girls and blazers adorned with the school logo for all. Another school may simply require that all shirts have collars.” One statement that I find very true is one that was said by President Clinton. In 1996 in a State of the Union speech, President Clinton stated, “If it means teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear school uniform.” (greatschools.org)There are many advantages to having school uniforms for schools, communities, and parents. There are positive impacts in the school and community on classroom discipline, image in the community, student safety, school pride, student achievement, and attendance (NAESP). There are positive impacts to help the parents, which include eliminates wardrobe battles with kids, easier to get kids ready in the morning, time saving in the morning, and easier to shop for school clothes (NAESP). The survey taken by NAESP, shows that there are many positive
SCHOOL UNIFORMS SHOULD BE MANDATORY 5impacts on school uniforms. According to naesp.org “the recent survey of principals and other school learns conducted by Lands’ End School Uniforms in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), school uniforms or a formal dress code in policy in public schools are on the rise as nearly half (49 percent) have a policy in place or have plans to implement one – more than double from 2000 (21 percent)”. Leaders stated that they believe their school uniforms or formal dress code policy has made a positive impact on the following; classroom discipline 85%, image in the community 83%, student safety 79%, school pride 77%, student achievement 64%, and attendance 44%. Gail Connelly, NAESP’s executive director says, “Principals are charged with developing and maintaining a positive and safe schoolculture,” and “We know that a school uniform policy can help reduce instance of classroom discipline and bullying, as well as improve student safety and attendance. The use of school uniforms, whether in public or private schools, has a powerful influence on school culture in ways that contribute to greater levels of student achievement.” School leaders also believe
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