When the academe insists that school uniforms be implemented even in public school, it is probable that they missed certain points that made wearing uniforms in public academic institutions an idea that should be discouraged. As an article from the National Association of Elementary School Principals website bravely asked, does the clothing create the student? However, there are more than sound reasons for pubic schools to abolish the use of school uniforms or to even consider these dress codes. The first of the these reasons is that it has a way of limiting the students’ freedom of self expression.
Second, it can be very uncomfortable for a student to wear school uniforms in pursuit of completing their education. More importantly, to counter what the affirmative has argued, school uniforms do not decrease violent behavior or increase academic achievement. It has to be re-established that there are no relations on how school uniforms can change the behavior of a student. Moreover, school uniforms limit a student’s right of self expression. When one is repressed, there can only be two possible reactions. The first is for students to obey with a broken spirit.
That person may feel that that expressing one’s self is wrong. Students may get the idea that expressing themselves through clothing is an inappropriate way of presenting himself. It could be wrong to let their feelings show through what they wear. The other reaction could be rebellion. It could be that students cannot tolerate repression. The more they are repressed, the greater chances that they would fight back since there are individuals who are aggressive by nature. They are those who will speak up when they know that the authorities have crossed the line between discipline and abuse.
They simply cannot accept the policies. They should be able to attain their education without any form of hindrances from school administrators. Furthermore, academic institutions will fail in teaching their pupils if these students are prohibited from freely expressing themselves. The students are unable to receive the education they deserve. When students are unable to express themselves through the things they wear, expressing themselves through other avenues may be hindered as well. The idea is not which media they should express themselves, but by how much they could do so.
This argument also gave light to another issue, which also contends that school uniforms should not be included in school policies because it can be very uncomfortable. This factor may hinder a student from learning anything. As the earlier source mentioned, what one wears has little or no connection to how students deal with his academics. What a student wears does not make him any brighter nor dull. It is just a means for one person to fell most comfortable when receiving his education. There are a lot of student who do not really feel right when wearing uniforms.
Some girls are not at ease when wearing skirts while some boys are not comfortable wearing coats and ties. This can bring a litany of complaints. However, students can also be reminded that the time they spend complaining can be put into doing their homeworks and participating well in their in-class activities. Unfortunately, no matter how much administrators and faculty would try to persuade their students, if the children cannot involve themselves in school as much as they would have wanted because of these uniforms, then they would only be able to achieve very little with the discomfort at hand.
The final argument points out that school uniforms have no relation to violent behavior. It cannot be helped that there are different forms of violence within the campus. But school uniforms cannot change the behavior or hide the weapons completely. The facade will not change the intent. There is a cliche that goes: one cannot change a person overnight. How will uniforms do what a person cannot? According to Violeta Moutal, when claims rose that uniforms can reduce violence in schools, it was not supported by academic research.
Although there were testimonials that school uniforms can support the decline of these rates, it still failed to establish uniforms as a primary factor to instigate change in a potentially violent student. The Debate Central website by the University of Vermont (2000) also affirms this claim regarding the relationship between what one wears and what one can academically achieve. Clothes might be a students’ means to express themselves but it seems unethical to take that in considering them as a potential threat in campus.
As many have long been saying, do not be deceived by what is merely perceived. What a person wears is a representation of a his or her feelings and does not have a direct relation to the identity of the person. In summary, public school administrators should not implement school uniforms. The primary argument behind this claim is that school uniforms can be a form of limiting students from expressing themselves. By putting a hindrance to how they receive their education, students become unable to expand their capabilities in becoming a well rounded person.
They are repressed, and could have different reactions. In this light, school uniforms can also become uncomfortable for these students, which becomes another hindrance to how they receive their education. There are students who often feel discomfort in the design of their school uniforms, which may affect their overall academic performance. More importantly, school uniforms are not the answer to change the behavior of a student. Although it can discipline a student from being disobedient, a behavior cannot be changed by what one is told to wear.