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How Do Uniforms Effect Middle School Students?. By: Emily Serafini. Discussion Overview. Arguments for uniforms Arguments against uniforms Legal issues Conclusion. Personal Experience of Amanda Boccolucci. Our Lady of Sacred Heart Elementary School Kindergarten-5 th Grade.

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discussion overview
Discussion Overview

Arguments for uniforms

Arguments against uniforms

Legal issues

Conclusion

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Personal Experience of Amanda Boccolucci

Our Lady of Sacred Heart Elementary School

Kindergarten-5th Grade

Frontier Public Middle School

6th-8th Grade

“I don’t think it really affected me. It was just a rule I had to follow.”

those who support uniforms believe
Those who support uniforms believe…

Lower rates of violence/crime

Improve discipline and classroom behavior

Improve attendance

Improve academic achievement

Lower clothing costs

Level the playing field

Foster school unity

Increase student self-esteem/motivation

Easier to identify outsiders

amanda says
Amanda says…

“Having a uniform did make it easier in the mornings. There is no pressure as to what to wear every day and everyone is wearing the same thing so no one really judges you for your clothes.”

those who oppose uniforms say
Those who oppose uniforms say…
  • Socioeconomic status is easily identifiable and will still exist in schools
  • Not the answer to all problems
  • Religious objections
  • Will not eliminate gang mentality
    • May actually help “hide” signs of gang activity
  • Issue of constitutionality
  • NO EMPIRICAL RESEARCH!
amanda says1
Amanda says…

“I don’t think it really affected me. It was just a rule I had to follow. The whole thing about uniforms making everyone equal is false though. There are still cliques.”

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Jessica PoblockiBaker VictoryPreschool

“At this age, kids are very concerned about their appearance and who is wearing the latest trend. Kids are ostracized based on the logo on their shirt or a lack of. When students wear uniforms I notice that they are less worried about what everyone is wearing and more focused on academics... However, I cannot say that the sole implementation of uniforms magically fixes the many problems in schools. That seems far-fetched.”

legal issues
Legal Issues
  • First Amendment
    • Right to free expression
  • Supreme Court Decisions
    • Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)
    • Bethel School District v. Fraser (1986)
    • Canady v. Bossier Parish School Board (2001)
conclusion
Conclusion

School uniforms can be used as part of a larger plan with the implementation of various factors, not as the cure to all school problems.

  • More research must be conducted in order to back up teacher/administrator reports.
references
References

Boutelle, M. (2008). Uniforms: Are They a Good Fit?. Education Digest, 73(6), 34-37.

Walmsley, A. (2011). What the United Kingdom Can Teach the United States About School Uniforms. Phi

Delta Kappan, 92(6), 63-66.

Brunsma, D. L. (2006). School Uniform Policies in Public Schools. Principal (Reston, Va.), 85(3), 50-53.

Konheim-Kalkstein, Y. L. (2006). A Uniform Look. American School Board Journal, 193(8), 24-27.

Thompson, M. W. (1999). Revisiting school uniforms. Educational Forum, 63(4), 300-309.

McBrayer, S. (2007). THE SCHOOL UNIFORM MOVEMENT AND WHAT IT TELLS US ABOUT

AMERICAN EDUCATION: A SYMBOLIC CRUSADE. Catholic Education: A Journal Of

Inquiry & Practice, 11(1), 124-126.

McCarthy, M. M. (2001). Restrictions on student attire: dress codes and uniforms. Educational Horizons,

79(4), 155-157.