Essay about Gang and Public School Uniforms

Submitted By Zarmin1
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Considering school uniforms' limitation on confidence and self-esteem, the small impact they have on violence and behavioral issues, and their long-term diminishing of students' academics, standardized clothing in schools is unfair, unconstitutional, and a policy that needs to be removed from American education.

According to the U.S. Constitution, "[There shall be] no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.". By making uniforms mandatory, school policy is violating students' rights to self-expression granted in the First Amendment. It's true, school would be chaos without rules. But when those rules are interfering with the rights of the students, it's time to remove or at least lessen the requirements.
For example, as stated by Julia Wilkins in "School Uniforms", "The whole topic of clothing is a superficial issue, as gangs cannot be eliminated simply by forbidding the wearing of gang colors. Gang members will just not be recognizable to other gang members for six hours a day, which does nothing to solve the problem of gang violence on a wider scale”. Besides nurturing the rebellion that they supposedly hinder, uniforms do little to improve the respect and manners of students, regardless of what some parents and teachers like to believe. In reality, the informal "studies" used to back up such claims are faulty, as most are just school officials who simply allege that autonomy of attire is what has been causing a decline or incline in their schools' demeanor problems without taking into consideration other control factors such as demographic location and economic status (Viadero). It is unjust and ridiculous to base an argument upon data that may not even be true; there is nothing fair or right about enforcing school uniforms because some "studies" declare that freedom of clothing is causing their behavioral issues without any real proof. There is, however, a more valid reason to employ school uniforms.
By far the most prevalent case for casual dress is that when school uniforms are removed, academics are improved. For instance, a study by David L. Brunsma, a researcher at the University of Missouri-Columbia and an assistant professor of sociology who has been studying the movement for public school uniforms since 1996, shows that uniforms have a detrimental effect on achievement (Viadero). This means that amongst all the claims of