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For and Against School Uniform

Comment on the following statement: "Most schoolchildren are against wearing a school uniform but their teachers disagree".
What can you say for and against school uniforms?

     Although wearing school uniform is not compulsory any more, it continues to be a subject of heated debate between teachers and schoolchildren. Most schoolchildren are against wearing a school uniform but their teachers disagree. To understand the problem, first of all, let's have a look at the history of this question...Debates about school uniform have been going on for decades in different countries and districts, but during the 1990s state schools in the USA began to adopt uniforms. At first uniform rules were seen as a way of stopping children dressing in gang colours in troubled urban areas. Later, claims that introducing uniform leads to better discipline and educational results encouraged other school districts and schools to make a change. In my point of view, this topic looks at a very large number of arguments about uniforms.

     On the one hand, as far as I am concerned, there is no doubt that school uniform has a lot of advantages. Firstly, it is believed that pupils who wear school uniforms perform better academically in school. It is true because children are often so focused on their wardrobe that it distracts them from learning. In addition, I believe that teenagers who wear school uniforms behave more appropriately in the school environment. For instance, lots of pupils are often teased because they do not wear expensive designer clothes to school. Consequently, it seems to me that it goes without saying, that those students whose parents cannot afford stylish clothes  will feel more comfortable.

     On the other hand, there are some negative aspects to wearing a school uniform. Due to the article 19 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression". According to this, some people think that wearing the same clothes all the time stifles their self-expression and remove their individuality. As for me, schools can foster creativity and individuality without getting rid of school uniform. There are many schools with a uniform which still support creativity and individuality with "Child Initiated Independent Learning", and other schemes which encourage children to think for themselves. Moreover, if a school has a uniform, parents are expected to buy it, and then buy a new one every time their child outgrows the last. So some people say, this can be expensive. However,  parents would probably have to spend a lot more money if their children didn't wear a uniform to school, because they would have to buy them more casual clothes. Since children don't like to wear the same thing too often (in case they get bullied), parents would have to spend a lot of money making sure their children have lots of different outfits. As a result, you can make a decision which one is more expensive: to buy one uniform or much more different outfits?

     To conclude, when both sides of the argument are looked at, I would argue that the best solution would be to design a cheap comfortable uniform that allows children to wear individual items so as to express their individuality. Personaly, I do not mind wearing a uniform because it gives me a sense of belonging and makes me feel a bit different from students of other schools. And if you want to express yourself, remember, that people don't judge a book by it's cover. Personality is not what you wear, but the way you act, and what you do. And maybe rather than having school uniform, why not have a dress code instead? This has all the benefits of uniform without the many disadvantages. While uniforms force all  to wear the same clothes, dress codes give students a lot of choice what to wear.

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