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The Lies We Wear

"Nice cloths you have there," the debate of school uniforms has been going on for the last fourteen years. There have been countless arguments in class rooms, court rooms, on the streets, or even during PTSA (Parent Teacher School Association) meetings. Has anyone ever thought about the children? School uniforms make the child lose their identity and not to mention the cost of uniforms are extremely high. School uniforms are pointless and they do not help the student in the learning environment at all.

The first problem is that school's uniforms make an individual lose their identity. School uniforms do nothing but hurt, "the students' right to choose clothing is a First Amendment freedom" (Kelly). The only time in the United States of America when we take away a person's rights is when they are arrested or if they go to school. That is basically what every single parent has been saying. There has even been, "lawsuits" toward the public and private school system in accordance to this matter (Kelly). Another big issue is the price of the school uniforms. It has been seen in department stores across America, the store have been actually raising the cost of school uniforms because they know hundreds of students are forced to buy them. Schools claim that, "school clothes [are] easier and cheaper to buy" but all they care about is whatever gives them more finical not the right thing to do (School Uniforms). The overall fact that schools would lie about the average cost of their uniforms across the board all the way up to the principle is astounding.

This truly shows how whoever has the most money decides whether school uniforms should be worn or not. Now bullying is an enormous problem in the school system and opponents are claiming school uniforms reduce it. Despite countless efforts on both teachers and parents to "teach children that bullying should not be tolerated" (Bullying). It still happens on a daily occurrence across America, "The U.S. Department of Education estimates at least 7 percent of the nation's students ages 12 to 18 have been bullied in the past six months" (Bullying). In schools that had school uniforms, it dropped down to six percent. This writer does note that there was a drop but the drop was so insignificant and the study period was so short that they cannot say for sure that school uniforms actually did this. It could have been just a better year. Any type of beneficial proof of school uniforms is few and far between. The opponent's last claim is that school uniforms save parents money. The school systems are saying that due to the "repeat use of the uniform and the one time purchase of the uniform; over the long run, the parent will save money" (School Uniforms).

They claim that school uniforms are especially needed during this economic downturn currently upon us. They seem to make a valid point at first but then when someone accounts for the ware and tare factors of the uniforms, they will find that they actually have to purchase a new uniform two to three times a year. James Beattie had it right when he preached, "Be ignorance thy choice, where knowledge leads to woe." This can be seen with claims that school uniforms save parents money. Any person can walk into a store and look at the expensive price tag of school uniforms. School uniforms do not help prevent bullying at all and there is no evidence out their currently to prove that it does. One can claim school uniforms are good but they will find their lack of evidence discredits them immediately.

Works Cited

"Bullying Is a Key Factor in Threats of Youth Violence." Gale Opposing View Points. Gale Opposing View Points, 2008. Web. 9 Dec. 2010.

Kelly, Mike. "School Uniforms Do Not Stifle Freedom of Expression." Gale Opposing View Points. Gale Opposing View Points, 2008. Web. 9 Dec. 2010.

"School Uniforms Do Stifle Freedom of Expression." Gale Opposing View Points. Gale Opposing View Points, 2008. Web. 9 Dec. 2010.

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