A discussion on school uniforms
One thing many private/religious school students encounter is a school uniform. What a school uniform does is that it makes students stand out and easily symbolizes that a student wearing that uniform goes to the school that the uniform belongs to. This greatly sets apart public and private schools as the public school system allows people to wear whatever they want, as long as it isn’t too revealing or offensive.
Supposedly school uniforms were first seen in 1552 at Christ Hospital School in London, so school uniforms aren’t anything new. The practice became widespread in the United States in the 1990’s. Multiple studies have shown different results in school uniforms, some showing a trend in decreased misbehavior (truancy, referrals, suspensions, etc.) while others don’t show any noticeable changes. For a long time students at Judge have had to face a strict uniform policy, not only stating what must be worn but also what can or can’t be done with the uniform.
I personally believe school uniforms are an unnecessary limit on students, especially when there are extra things you have to do or can’t do with them. The original concept of school uniforms isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I believe that when a bunch of extra rules are applied to them it takes away the joy one may experience from wearing the uniform. Not only that but wearing clothing of your choice allows individuals to stand out more and experiment with their own sense of fashion. However students shouldn’t be allowed to wear whatever they want, as revealing and offensive clothing shouldn’t be allowed on a school campus. In conclusion, students shouldn’t have to abide by a strict uniform policy that is prevalent in many private/religious schools.Tags: freedom of choice Judge Memorial Catholic High School personal freedom private school school school uniform
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