There is need for a viable option which allows our children to be independent individuals whilst at the same time receiving maximum protection in their learning environment. Whilst the use of school uniforms offer the opportunity for students and non students of an organization to be easily identifiable, does covering every child with the same fabric allow for students to express themselves as an individual who has the right to choose a preferred type of clothing.
The school uniform controversy although around for decades is still quite vibrant in our public arenas. Although politicians and certain administrators claim that the wearing of a uniform reduces the level of violence at school and improves academic performance there is a resounding lack of empirical evidence to support this viewpoint (Brunsma and Rockquemore, and Northern).The author of this paper intends to demonstrate that the wearing of a uniform is but a drop in the bucket of methods of reducing the negativity associated with poor academic performance and behavior problems. In addition, claims of improving academic performance through the implementation of a uniform policy have strongly been refuted by researchers and educators alike (Brunsma and Rockquemore, and Northern). There are several other justifiable means of improving the overall conduct and performance of students at school and on the streets. ...Show more