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Importance of Uniforms in Schools
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Name: Title: Course: Tutor: Date: Importance of Uniforms in Schools The US Department of Education noted in its 1996 findings that 3% of public schools needed uniforms. Coupled with the belief that school uniforms make the school environment more orderly and instill uniformity and discipline, the then President Clinton together with the Department of Education advanced the adoption of uniforms in public schools, having been a reserve of private schools for a long time.
Brunsma and Rockquemore (54) define school uniform by arguing that clothing would be considered uniform if it sufficed as an emblem of a group, suppressed individuality and demonstrated the legitimacy of an institution by revealing the relative positions of individuals. Studies by Brunsma and Rockquemore back the argument that school uniforms improve behavior among both the female and male students (53). These studies indicate that suspensions from schools reduce drastically with adoption of school uniforms and in cases where an increase would be recorded, infractions of school uniform regulations could be the outright cause and not other forms of indiscipline. This suggests that the behavior of students shifts towards less severe infractions. In Norfolk, Ruffner Middle School recorded a 42% decrease in referrals related to discipline following the introduction of uniforms. The improved discipline in students translates to improved academic achievement. Research on elementary students to ascertain this hypothesis deduced a 10% improvement on test scores after adoption of school uniforms with 0.05 standard deviations. ...
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