A school uniform policy which enforces strict adherence to a uniform code of dressing helps to maintain an environment that encourages both focus and social affinity. Students arrive on campus no longer needing to adhere to want popular culture says is fashionable or not; thus, they are able to attend class with a greater focused on education. The University of Houston conducted an investigation of a vast urban district that adopted uniforms as a mandatory part of their curriculum. The results were in line with my claim that school uniforms improve the education environment in a myriad of ways.
“We find evidence that uniform adoption improves attendance in secondary grades, while in elementary schools they generate large increases in student retention. LUSD is an urban school district with more than 200,000 students and close to 300 schools, making it one of the largest in the country. The district has substantial poverty – 59% of students qualified for free or reduced-price lunch in 2006–2007.” (Elisabetta Gentile and Scott Imberman 2012)
This University of Houston study was conducted on a poverty stricken area, however, school uniforms would have the same positive results in any public school. Gentile and Imberman’s research concluded that school uniforms had an influence on raising test scores to and improved attendance. “It is intriguing to see whether the improvements found in attendance rates spill over into achievement... early adoption of uniforms has a major positive effect on test scores.”(Elisabetta Gentile and Scott Imberman 2012) This study clearly supports the idea that wearing uniforms truly dresses you for success. Wearing uniforms champions order, implements discipline, and enforces students to focus their efforts towards academics.
Certain opinions that are proactively against uniforms post the argument stated by Barbara Cruz; “students can not express themselves,” (Barbara C. Cruz. 2012) School should be able to direct your attention to academics, but the public school system does not dictate what students choose to do in order to express themselves out of school; that is the students’ choice. Clothing modifies your mood and it also defines your “work” and “play” attire. In my experience out of the nine schools I have attended, two of them required uniforms and looking back, they focused my attention towards my academics and directly made me feel more accountable for my grades. Schools are intended to complete their main objective; which is to promote education. If uniforms aid public schooling toward completing their mission, why condemn them?
Uniforms establish a common ground leaving less opportunity for cruel judgments. They help unify the student body and aid in making everyone equal in regards to their apparel. In addition, uniforms are influential in mitigating bullying based on trendy fashions and social class. Let us be honest, teenagers are brutal to kids who are not well dressed…