Essay: Should school uniforms be mandatory?
By: Jorden Ho
Apparel is a crucial part of most people’s lives. The media have greatly influenced the way student dress and their attitude toward fashion. School uniforms are not mandatory in most schools in Canada, but quite common in Asia. Have you ever wondered why there is so much bullying, fighting, and vicious criticism in school? Why are so many students afraid of going to school? One of the major reasons is their clothes. School uniforms should be mandatory because they save time for the students, make schools safer and are cost-effective. Without school uniforms, students often spend a considerable amount of time in choosing clothes they are planning to wear the next day. Most teenagers pay a lot of attention to their appearance these days but sometimes their apparel violates the school’s dress code. By making school uniforms mandatory, their dress code would be much simpler. Students just have to wear the school uniform that their schools stipulate and do not have to waste time thinking about what to wear to school every morning or even every night before the school day. Uniforms will also decrease the influence of gangs and gang violence in school. Uniforms make it more difficult for gang members and other intruders to sneak into schools. It can also prevent students from bringing weapons into school. School safety is always the top priority. “Lockdown” and “hold and secure” are both emergency situations that all staff and students have been trained to respond to. If students are all wearing school uniforms, intruders and unwelcome outsiders can be located much more easily. School uniforms are also cost-effective. Each student would only need to purchase a couple sets of school uniforms for the whole high-school year. By wearing school uniforms, students will not have to spend a lot of money on expensive clothes to impress or “outdo” their peers. School uniform symbolizes equality because every...
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