Studentsshould not Wear School Uniform
Studentsshould not put on School Uniform
Millionsof teenagers spent between 6 and 8 hours daily in majority of highschools. They sit listen to their tutors, and does their class work.In the majority of these schools, they are also required to be intheir school uniforms throughout their stay in school. This restrainis too much. However, these schools should not force students to wearschool uniform simply because they take their sense of individuality,block their self-expression, and they do not at one point save thestudent families any money (Tham, 2013). The purpose of this paper istherefore to argue against students wearing uniform in school.
Argument1: The students should not put on uniforms because the students aredeprived of their sense of individuality. For instance, Brunsma(2006) gave an example of 30 students siting in their desks in smallclassroom. All of them look alike. This does not seem right at all.They are all individuals of their own. Students in this case shouldnot be made to look alike. This sense of individuality is supportedby a 17-year old testimony that was forced to wear school uniforms.She said, “Every student hated it. It killed completely the senseof individuality that we all had. He student looked the same”(Tham, 2013).
Argument2: The students that do not put on uniforms reveal who they reallyare. It is hard to identify a student in a school where all thestudents are in uniforms. In addition, when students wear uniforms,it is not only a huge disappointment to them, but also to the parentssince uniforms are very expensive (Brunsma, 2006). In the UnitedStates for example, uniforms tops goes for 26.77$, uniform bottomsbetween 34.45$ to 45.88$, pullovers goes for 39.78$, and vests for34.86$. The above costs are just for the elementary school. Schoolkids for instance are very careless with their uniforms. At the pointwhen they have to them stained, their parents are forced to spendmore money to buy the uniform for the second time. To top it up,there are other parents that are not able to afford the uniform.Others also find it hard to even get to school due to fees leavealone buying the uniform.
Argument3: The students should not put on school uniform since it takes awaytheir freedom of self-expression. It would not be fair when the kidsare deprived the ability to express themselves. For instance, whenstudents wear school uniform, there could also be a high chance thatthey will be refused to have a certain kind of hairstyle (Brunsma,2006). In addition, according to Tham (2013), he stated that byallowing students to have freedom of choice on the kind of clothingthey want to wear, it becomes an empowering message coming from theschools that reveals the maturity of the students, and are entitledto form his or her self-determination basis. Clothing apart from theuniforms is a popular method of expression for a number of socialcauses, and compulsory use of uniforms presents removal of thatoption. In October 2013 for instance, students of Friendly ElementarySchool in the county of Prince George, were banned from wearing pinkblouses and shirts in support of Cancer Awareness month. From this,70 students were given in-school expulsion for bridging the schoolrestriction of uniform (Brusma, 2006)
Inconclusion, with all the effort put on the students getting goodgrades, it is of point dealing with the cases of school uniform.Students are presented with so many things that are taken away fromthe school hours. Confidence and individuality should not be hiddenby putting on the uniforms. With few dress code rules, it becomes aneasy fix to all these issues. Therefore, students should not put onuniforms.
Brunsma,D. L. (2006). Uniformsin public schools: A decade of research and debate.Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Education.
Tham,D. (2013). Expositoryeureka: Model expository essays for today`s secondary schoolstudents.Singapore: Marshall Cavendish.