15 September 2018
Dressing Diversities in Public Schools
Whether or not students should be forced to wear school uniforms is causing mass
controversy in many public schools. School officials are undecided on whether wearing school
uniforms will actually benefit schools, harm schools, or have no effect at all on schools. Many
people believe that school uniforms prevent students from expressing themselves, while others
believe school uniforms will help bring students together. Public schools should require students
to wear school uniforms because this will allow students to focus more of their attention on their
Requiring students to wear school uniforms will allow them to be more attentive in
school. Students may sometimes forget their purpose for attending school because they are
focusing on things such as making sure their outfit for school is just right. Danielle Dreilinger
says, “School uniforms make schools safer for students, create a ‘level playing field’ that reduces
socioeconomic disparities, and encourages children to focus on their studies rather than their
clothes.” If students were required to wear school uniforms, it could help them to focus more on
their studies and possibly improve their test scores because they will limit the amount of time
students spend selecting the perfect outfit to wear and increase the amount of time they spend
either studying or resting.
Wearing school uniforms also takes students’ attention off what their peers might have
on. “When all students are wearing the same outfit, they are less concerned about how they look
and how they fit in with their peers; thus, they can concentrate on their schoolwork” (Caruso).
Some students care so much about their peer´s opinion that it causes them to stay up late and
wonder what they should wear to school. This issue gets worse inside the classroom because
students start focusing on what other students have on rather than paying attention in class.
Therefore, requiring students to wear school uniforms will take students’ attention off of their
clothing and place it where it needs to be so that they can be more attentive during class. Then,
all of those little distractions related to what students are wearing will decrease and give students
one less distraction to worry about so that they can focus more of their attention on being a better
student. School uniforms will help students focus more on their academics, which also helps
them focus more on school activities and exhibit their school spirit.
Wearing school uniforms also helps students display their school spirit. School uniforms
designed to match the school’s colors are similar to athletic uniforms. Students have no problems
with wearing jerseys and t-shirts designed with their school colors, but they often disagree when
a suggestion is made for them to wear a school uniform in their school’s colors. “Academic
achievers these days wear letter...