I believe the wearing of uniform in schools is a good idea. In a recent study, 90% of the British population surveyed agreed with this notion, for a number of reasons.
The wearing of uniform emphasises equality; the fact that everyone wearing that uniform is of the same status, and no-one is “better” in any way than anyone else. I am sure you will agree that this is a good moral to promote in young people. A smart uniform also helps to create pride for the school for its wearers. If children are all wearing the same uniform, they all belong to the same group, which helps to foster a community spirit and ultimately creates a better atmosphere among the children.
Wearing a uniform also helps to prevent bad relations between groups of children. Everyone knows that children can be very judgemental, and so if children were allowed to wear their own clothes, children would judge each other and make friends according to what clothes they wore. It is also more than likely that ‘gangs’ and ‘groups’ would form – think about the situation in American high schools, where bullying and social segregation is widespread. For example, people who liked a certain type of music might wear the same clothes and therefore form a clique; how can this help build the school’s sense of community?
There are also more practical reasons why children should wear a school uniform. Uniforms are usually very reasonable in price. Children would be wearing the uniform Monday to Friday, and so this would surely save parents money on clothes for their children. Referring to my previous point, if children were allowed to wear their own clothes to school, a combination of peer pressure and children’s need for ‘the latest fashion’ would lead them to put pressure on their parents to buy them extra new clothes to wear to school. If everyone is wearing a uniform, this problem is removed. Crimes involving the stealing of clothes are also eliminated, as everyone would be wearing the...
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