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Should school uniforms be mandatory?

School Uniforms are a mainstay of education in many parts of the world. The uniform can have some impact on the school experience, which makes us consider the pros and cons of school uniforms.

Yes, school uniforms should be mandatory.

There are many benefits and we should require students to wear them.

Uniforms save time

Enforcing uniform regulations takes less time than enforcing a standard dress code. Explore

Uniforms establish a hierarchy

When students all look the same but teachers look different, a sense of hierarchy is achieved that instils discipline. Explore

School uniforms create classroom equality

Having all students in the same clothing takes some of the socio-economic cues from fashion out of the equation. Explore

Uniforms make classrooms safer

School uniforms reduce violence. A recent study conducted by the US Department of Education showed that requiring school uniforms can help accomplish this through reducing the negative effects of peer pressure and bullying that can occur when students come to school wearing designer clothes and expensive shoes. Explore

School uniforms save money

School uniforms reduce the financial burden on students' parents, eliminate the need to keep up with the latest seasonal fashion trends, and therefore are cost effective. Explore

School uniforms help avoid distraction.

Clothes are a distraction for children in school because children are hyper sensitive to social hierarchies and in-group out-group dynamics. Children don't have much autonomy, so clothing choices is one of the few ways to signal their social standing. Uniforms remove these issues, letting students focus more on learning. Explore

No, they should not be mandatory

School uniforms should not be forced on students.

A violation of students freedom of expression

School uniforms restrict students' basic right to freedom of expression. Explore

Students don't like them

Students don't want to wear school uniforms. So they shouldn't have to. Explore

Uniforms don't prepare children for adulthood

In adulthood, children will have to choose their own clothes. Why take this away from them in school? Explore

Uniforms are a financial burden on families

Uniforms are an unnecessary expense that puts more pressure on families that are struggling financially. Explore

School uniform policies violate religious freedoms

School uniforms are incompatible with preserving religious freedoms. Explore

Uniforms are a weapon deployed to suppress the poor

Uniforms are a way to exert control over the poorest segments of society. Explore

Schools should promote democratic values

Schools have the responsibility to promote democratic values. Uniform policies are at odds with that responsibility. Explore

School Uniforms are impractical

They are not fit for purpose. School uniforms are often designed to fit all body types, which means that they may not be flattering for many people’s body forms. The material of school uniforms is another factor that could add to the discomfort; uniforms can be made using either cheap canvas or polycottons. Explore

Uniforms negatively affect students' self-image

School uniforms can have negative psychological effects. We all have different body types. Forcing students to wear clothes that don't match their body time can create feelings of embarrassment. Explore
This page was last edited on Monday, 17 Feb 2020 at 08:46 UTC