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.
School 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.
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.
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.