You are in school, you are getting bullied because your parents can’t afford to buy the new expensive clothes like everyone around you.
You don’t feel sad though, because you know that you are soon moving to a new school where they have school uniforms. You feel relieved that there you will be just like everyone else, not different, and most importantly not bullied. School uniforms are an outfit — a set of standardized clothes — worn primarily for an educational institute.
A lot of schools around the world and in America also use school uniforms as a dress code. Every school should have school uniforms because they have collection of benefits, such as deterring crime and helping kids focus better in school.
I believe that school should have school uniforms because they are good for deterring crime and increasing safety for the students, and after reading this, you will too. A report from Long Beach, California, shows an obvious decrease in crime after having school uniforms. It shows that reports of assault with deadly weapons dropped by 50%, fighting incidents went down by 51%, possession of weapons (or weapon “look-alikes”) decreased by 52%, sex offenses were cut by 74%, robbery dropped by 65%, possession of drugs went down by 69% and vandalism was lowered by 18%. If all these bad things happened in your school, wouldn’t you want school uniforms for safety. These factors really affect safety.
School uniforms also decrease the data in a police log by a lot. A 2012 peer-reviewed study found that one year after Sparks Middle School Nevada Instituted a policy, school police data showed a 63 percent drop in the school police log. This drop is a really big improvement for the area and the school, too. School uniforms decrease crime but they are also good for safety for the school and students because no one else can come in the school but the students because all of the students look the same with the uniforms.
Did you know that even Frank Quattrone, superintendent in the Lodi district of New Jersey, said in February 2011 that “When you have students dressed alike, you make them safer. If someone were to come into the building, the intruder could easily be recognized.” If I were you, I would probably listen to what this guy is saying because he is smart and has a big title after his name.
Another benefit of school uniforms is that they keep kids focused on their education, not their clothes. Another smart person, Hillary Clinton, who is a former U.S. Secretary of State, thinks school uniforms help kids focus better in school. With school uniforms, kids won’t care about how their clothes look compared to the other kids’ clothes because everyone is wearing the same thing. In addition, the National Association of Secondary School Principals thinks that kids concentrate on their work not their clothes after getting school uniforms.
Having school uniforms can result in better grades for the students, too. A 2010 University of Houston study found that after school uniforms kids get better grades. There can be a lot of reasons for getting better grades but it was mostly the fact that the students didn’t have to worry about their clothes.
Now that you know a great deal about school uniforms and their benefits, you know that they are a really good idea to think about. Although school uniforms do restrict students’ freedom of expression, they are still really good for the safety and the grades of the students. So, think about it, would you rather spend a ton of money to buy expensive, fancy clothes or would you rather be safe in school and be focused and get good grades?