November 19, 2013
Imagine waking up every morning getting ready for school and having to put on the same clothes from yesterday, and the day before that. Walking into the school students see millions of other students that look exactly like them. Growing up, every school I went to I wore uniforms. I felt that wearing uniforms was like taking away student’s freedom to be who they are. I do not believe that school policies are in any way progressive to the social development aspect of many students. Uniforms are useless because they limit personal expression, are costly, block creativity and individuality, and make students greater targets for bullies.
School uniforms limit personal expression. Kids and teens use the way they dress to express themselves and to identify with certain social groups. Many students who are against school uniforms argue that they lose their self-identity when they lose their rights to express themselves through fashion. Me as a student and having to wear uniforms my whole life made it really hard to really express myself. I have a very creative mind and I always express my creativity through the way I dress.
In addition, the initial cost of uniforms can be way more expensive than buying regular clothing. However, there is an argument that it is costly to buying several uniforms at once. Also, many schools have several uniforms, such as, everyday uniforms, formal uniforms for special occasions, and another uniform for physical education. Many parents argue that buying all these uniforms for all their children every fall is hard, especially if the family is going through hard times and cannot really afford to buy all the uniforms. My mom is a single parent with three children. There has been times when she struggled buying all three of us school uniforms. Another reason school uniforms are a definite block to student’s creativity and individuality and weather students are comfortable wearing whatever it...
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