Uniforms in Public Schools
Axia College of University of Phoenix
COM 120 Effective Persuasive Writing
Dr. Carla Lane
February 21, 2007
Uniforms in Public Schools
Think back to the age of adolescence, was there ever a comment made by other children on the way one dressed or did some teasing occur regarding the lack of current style? Was there an issue of being prejudged or stereotyped by others, including school faculty, based on the clothing one chose to wear? That was then, now remember how it felt. Times have changed and economic status plays such an important role in everyone’s lives, image how children of today feel. Social economics is a hard issue for ...view middle of the document...
While the other side will discuss the positive effect uniforms have on students, in a personal interview Dr. Kenneth Jackson, principal of Jefferson High School in Rockford, Illinois, states that “having the same things makes all kids feel important. Testing has been shown that just wearing the uniform kids test scores and GPA has improved” (personal communication, February 5, 2007).
Let’s look at self esteem in students and how their dress plays a large role. We are all aware of how children, at times, can be very cruel to each other. For instance, if one is not wearing what’s currently in style, how do the others treat them? Alleyene, LaPoint, Lee, & Mitchell (2003) states that “educators reported that students experienced taunting, fights, or a combination of problems at school that may be related to the way in which they dressed” (2003, p. 419). In a study conducted by LaPoint in 2003, “…the majority of students as well as educators agreed that students are teased for wearing clothing that is out of style or wearing shabby clothing…” (Alleyne, LaPoint, Lee, & Mitchell, 2003, p. 420). Students and faculty both agree that there are negative effects on students by other students based their on clothing. As shown in Table 1, the majority of students strongly agreed or agreed that teasing occurred due to students wearing out of style or shabby clothing.
| |TABLE 1 | |
| |Students' and Educators' Views on Students being Teased for Wearing Out of Style or Shabby Dress | |
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| | | |OUT OF STYLE | |SHABBY | |
| |ATTITUDE | |
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Leon Henderson, the Senior Manager of Financial Reporting for Dollar General Corp., who is a former uniform wearer, feels that there is a positive effect for students who wear uniforms, he states that “less fortunate kids do not have to be quite as obvious to others by the simple fact that they look the same” (personal communication, February 5, 2007). Henderson, who attended Catholic School in Owensboro, Kentucky, for 12 years, felt that even though he was at a private school, the use of uniforms would be very beneficial to all students, attending private and public schools ” (personal communication, February 5, 2007). He also discuss below the added benefit of school uniforms from his view.
I would not trade uniforms for anything because it just takes a lot of stress off of the students, the parents, and the teachers to not have to worry about...