School uniforms should, without a doubt, be worn by students. The positives far outweigh the negatives. Though students may not believe this, it is indubitably true. The only negative is that the students generally do not like them. The typical student complains incessantly about wearing a uniform. “It’s uncomfortable!” “It’s ugly!” “It’s boring!” These are the typical responses to the question, “what do you think of your uniform”? These answers are quite ignorant, as the students only see the uniforms as clothing. They don’t understand the larger purpose for them. Uniforms give a slight taste of the world that they will be a part of. Later in their lives, their jobs will require them to show up every day looking presentable in their “uniform”. This precedent, having already been set at a younger age, is thus easily followed. Uniforms teach students a lesson on personal presentation, a topic of extreme importance in the corporate world.
Having a dress code creates a stronger control on behavior. From a closer watch on clothing, comes a closer watch on behavior. This creates a more productive learning experience, as well as better members of society. With school faculty constantly pressing on students for their actions, the students become more accountable for what they do. Accountability is a huge part of behaving well. Thusly, uniforms are valuable for the constraint on bad behavior that they create.
Uniforms eliminate the need to choose a wardrobe for oneself. This also effectively eliminates the struggle to be ”cool”. This is a great accomplishment in that students will be less focused on how they look, which enables more attention to be placed on class. Basically, in a short-term frame of reference, uniforms are beneficial for their ability to remove distractions. When everybody is dressed differently it is a natural distraction. All of the different colors and patterns stimulate the brain and thusly distract it. A congruous uniformed school body eliminates this superfluous distraction. Children are already distracted by enough, and doing something to remove a distraction is certainly a good idea.
Uniforms help the children’s self-esteem. When there are no uniforms present there can be a struggle for “class”. If you do not have the “in” item, it can hurt your social status or, in an extreme case, you. Amanda Cummings was ridiculed by classmates when she wore makeup or high heels. Uniforms have the inadvertent positive of deterring bullying. How can you make fun of someone who looks the same as you?
If everyone is on an equal playing field, you will not have to worry about yourself. Everyone is born with a chance to succeed, equal to that of their peers. Equality is the goal here. From the outset a child must be taught that everyone has a chance and status should be based on effort put forth, not how much money they have or the clothes they wear. If a child is brought up in an environment where everyone is vying for popularity, they will continue that thought process into adulthood, another negative aspect in the future that could’ve been prevented by wearing uniforms.