When left to decide what clothes to wear to school, students do not always make choices that adults agree with. While the majority may at least minimally conform to adults’ ideas about what’s appropriate, a few may clearly push the limits. Some may arrive at school in T-shirts that bear slogans or images promoting drugs and alcohol, or that display a variety of messages that conflict with values the schools are trying to promote. Others may swagger around the halls in gang-related garb. Still others may show up in sexually provocative clothing. These issues, as well as a desire to minimize socioeconomic tensions between the "haves" and "have nots," have spurred some schools to adopt more stringent dress codes or to require students to wear uniforms.
Without uniforms kids can wear whatever they want, which is all good and well, but there is a lot of judgement. A lot of kids will pick on others BECAUSE of what they're wearing. Like for girls whose shirts are cut lower, or if a boy wears those checkered shorts that they seem to love so much. But with uniforms all of that is taken away because everyone will be wearing the same thing. I know your first questions will be: "But where's the individuality?" But it can still be there. Kids who roll their sleeves up or fold their collars differently, or who tuck their shirts in or leave them out. There are a LOT of factors to keep in mind.
Second, I know you'll say but that's teaching them conformity (that everyone has to be the same), but really? It's not. It's teaching them respect and to a certain degree discipline. Kids who wear whatever they want tend to think they can get away with a lot more, because their teachers/school staff aren't as strict. But by having them wear uniforms and enforcing it you are showing them that that's not the case.
Third of all, kids don't need to wear whatever they want to be different and individual or to express themselves. There are other ways. The quality of their schoolwork, drawings, writings, attitude, etc... The list goes on.
Another thing is that with uniforms there won't be any place for judgement or prejudices based on appearance, or at least not as much.
Now, a lot of you will probably say that making kids wear uniforms is the same thing as making them all the same race, religion, sexual orientation, color, have the same hair color/length, no tattoos or piercings, and more. But really, it's not. Giving kids uniforms only means that there won't be anymore sagging, or as much skin, and it certainly doesn't mean that everyone will have to be identical. Kids need individuality. Uniforms just give them a larger margin for it.
Of course a lot of you will say it in fact gives them a SHORTER margin. But again, that's wrong. By giving them uniforms you are giving them opportunities to express themselves and their individuality in other ways.
And uniforms really aren't that ugly either, as I know that's what a lot of people argue. They can actually be really nice.
Long Beach California implemented uniforms in 1995 and these were the results (tallied recently); the overall crime rate by students dropped by 91%. There were approximately 90% less school suspensions. Sex offenses were reduced by 96% (a lot considering). Incidents of vandalism were reported to have gone down 69%. Assaults in grades K (P) - 8 decreased by 85%.
Norfolk, VA implemented uniforms in 1995 as well, and these were their results; leaving class without permission dropped by 47%. Throwing objects dropped by 68%. Fighting dropped by 38%.
So you see now why uniforms are the best course of action?
After a school uniform policy was implemented in three Nevada middle schools in 2008 and 2009, researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno, set out to find out what 1,350 seventh and eighth graders thought about the change. The vast majority — 90 percent of students — reported that they disliked wearing uniforms. However, other data showed more nuanced results. For instance, 54 percent of students agreed that they still had their identity while wearing a uniform, and 50 percent agreed that uniforms saved their families money. But only 41 percent of students agreed that there was less gang activity at their school after uniforms were required. However, when the researchers looked into school discipline and local police records and compared them to the prior year’s data, discipline referrals were down 10 percent, there were 63 percent fewer police log reports, and graffiti, fights, and gang-related activity were all down.