School Uniforms : Friend Or Foe? Essay

1896 Words Apr 4th, 2016 8 Pages
School Uniforms:
Friend or Foe? Discussions abound about the direction in which our school systems are leading our children and if they are truly providing what is best for them. Countless debates can be found ranging from what to include in school lunches, to what types of drinks can be found in vending machines, to the variety of extracurricular activities that should be offered, to what books should be taught, to what types of assessments should be used to truly gauge student learning. One current hotly contested issue in the United States is the debate centering on whether or not schools should be allowed to require school uniforms, and, if such uniforms are allowed, whether or not they truly benefit the students who are required to wear them. According to the article "Do uniforms make schools better?" by Marian Wilde, the debate over school uniforms began to pick up in intensity in the 1980s after some public schools began to require that students adopt a set of standards with their dress through the wearing of school uniforms (much like private schools had required for years prior). While this began to be a controversial issue from the onset, the debate increased in its intensity after Bill Clinton famously offered support of public schools requiring uniforms in his 1996 State of the Union speech when he stated that "if it means teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear…

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