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Argumentation, School Uniform

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In a democratic society, people are free to choose what sort of dress they want, but the way we dress ourselves greatly depends on what the situation we are in. For instance, we put on evening suits when we present ourselves at a party of celebrities; on the field, we put on sports wear. Therefore, in elementary and secondary school, I suggest students should put on school uniform to give a consciousness to students that people should wear proper clothes in certain place in order to respect others. As Gilchrish said, "clothing is a way to show others that you have respect and consideration for the situation" (20).

Discipline is very important in our daily life. We have to follow lots of rule every single day. Once we don't keep in a right track, we would receive an unfavorable consequence. As Newhouse emphasized, "break the rule, pay the consequences"(165). School should have the responsibility to tecah children

this principle, to let them be aware of the necessity of following daily rule. One of the physical practices is to dictate student to wear uniform. When a student keep infraction of the school rules, he or she will properly get a informal punishment including "warning, reprimands, change of seating or location, after-school detnetion" or formal punishment which is "emergency removal for up to 72 hours, suspension for up to 10 school days, expulision for up to 80 school days and permanent exclusion" ("Blott Handbook"). Through the day by day exercise, students would learn to move along with rules.

In my point of view, I think school should provide a condition that students can concentrate on their school work. When school commands students to wear uniform, students won't need to be annoyed or stressed about what what kind of clothes they should wear everyday. In FWISD's survey, 129 perents and students commented one of the advantages of the school uniform is "save time in the morning" (3), so that students don't be late at school. According to Reginald Wilson, a senior scholar at the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C., "kids doesn't emphasize clothes a much when they're all wearing the same thing" (7), then students will focus on their academics rather than be distracted from clothing.

School should be a comfortable place for students to learn. When every student wears uniform, all students will be equal in the eyes of the school and of each other. It reduces the chance that rich students become haughty and despise poor students. It also lessens the possibility that poor students become self-contemptuous because they can't afford to buy modern clothes. Without uniform students often compare themselves on the brands or styles of their casual clothes with other schoolmates and worry endlessly about their appearance. Majority may repel or look down poor students who do not have expensive designed clothes. It's supported by President William Jefferson Clinton, teenagers will be "killing each other over designer jackets" (38). Since the poor students could be singled out as social outcasts, they could become self-abased and introverted. It would become serious impact for a kid to grow up. So as to provide comfortable place for students to learn, prevent a boundary between rich and poor and lower the negative impact on poor students, "our public schools should be able to require their students to wear school uniforms" (Clinton 38).

In parents' view, school uniform will cost less for them in long term. If wearing uniform is instructed, a household only needs to buy three to four sets of uniform for their kid, those may last as long as two to three years. If school doesn't need students to wear uniform, for basic need, a household would buy more than three to four sets of clothes a year for their kid to exchange. As mentioned above, if parents don't want their kid be excluded from other schoolmates, they may need to save



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