Several schools in the US and beyond are beginning to institute uniform in hopes of controlling student behavior and dress. Some may argue, that uniforms are unneeded and do more hurt to students then good. However, those for it have a good point too. It is come to the point of where it is a matter of opinion whether to have uniform or not, with both sides having valuable arguments.
Uniform, many point out, is taking away the freedom of expression the Constitution gives to us. But is it really affecting your expression? Supporters think not, in fact they believe that it takes attention off what you are wearing, and puts it into deeper things, such as personality and attitude. In this logic it forces you to look beyond appearance, and cuts down bullying because of clothing. And interview with student Jacelyn Blair pointed out that, “I really don’t think they cut down on bullying at all. Kids will always find some reason to pick on someone.”
In an interview I conducted with two people, each on different sides of the argument, I gained some valuable insight. Ashelin Walker said, “Price on uniform is high, considering their general low quality. It doesn’t really help poor families like people say.” Mrs. Kenner, a teacher at my local school, pointed out that “The latest trends can get expensive, and students, especially teens, will “have to buy” something. In this way, it prevents students from buying, let’s say, $100 dollar jeans.” Uniforms supporters say that it encourages discipline and increases school pride. On the other hand those against say that uniform is are an unfair, additional expense parents have to pay.
In the end it has come to a matter of opinion, with both sides having valuable arguments. While many think uniform solves many problems, there are those who believe it will open a rift to a whole new world of problems. The question of uniforms being good or bad is controversial, and like many other such issues will be one for a good while yet.