Mandatory School Uniforms

For many years, one of the main differences between public schools and private schools was held that students in private schools had an obligatory school uniform andstudents in public schools could wear what they wanted in school. Several public schools have begun to adopt mandatory school uniforms. The issue of school uniforms has brought discussion across thecountry. Students are reluctant to be told they cannot use their clothing to express themselves during the school day, but other people think that it removes many of the competition and social economicbarriers that students can have at school. Considering both sides, wearing the uniform seems to have more opportunities.

“President Clinton, in his State of the Union Address and several subsequentspeeches and addresses…announced that all 16,000 U.S public school districts ‘should consider the issue of mandatory school uniforms.’” In front of high schools, we are used to see girls and boysshowing the new brand cloth that they got, the Nike shoes bought by their parents, girls showing their piercings and their strings. It seems like they do not go to school for the important purpose whichis to learn. At this point, uniform seems to the perfect tool to make things change. The uniform helps to focus the student’s attention on studies instead of spending one hour every morning in thebathroom because they are looking for what they will wear, or which make up they should put. When there is no uniform, student’s discussions keep focus on fashion clothes. They are always talking aboutwhen they will buy the last version of a cloth, when they will go shop with their parents. Some of them laugh at other who cannot afford expensive and brand clothes.

Public schools are places whereall social strata are represented: rich, less rich, and wealthy or needy. In fact, these differences make that there are regular problems between those who can have what they desire and those... [à continuer]

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