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School Uniforms. “All our schools should teach character education. And if it means teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear school uniforms.”. Arguments Against School Uniforms.

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school uniforms
School Uniforms

“All our schools should teach character education. And if it means teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear school uniforms.”

arguments against school uniforms
Arguments Against School Uniforms
  • Infringements on students’ First Amendment rights
  • Administrators overuse school uniforms as a power tool
  • Economic hardship for parents
  • Non deterrence of gang activity
  • No effect of social differentiation
  • Eliminates warning signs
benefits of school uniforms
Benefits of School Uniforms
  • Promotes school safety
  • Fostering school unity
  • Reducing social pressures
  • Increasing student self-esteem and motivation
  • Reducing costs
  • Improving attendance
  • Improving academic achievement
  • Reducing distractions
  • Eliminate competition
legal issues
Legal Issues
  • Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969)
    • “public school students do not shed their right to free speech at the schoolhouse gate”
  • Kelley v. Johnson (1976)
    • Reversed the notion that hair length regulation could be rejected because of free speech
  • Hazelwood School district v. Kuhlmer (1988)
    • School officials may impose reasonable restrictions on free speech
u s department of education recommendations
U.S. Department of Education Recommendations
  • Parental involvement
  • Protect students’ religious expression
  • Protect students’ other rights of expression
  • Determine whether to have a voluntary or mandatory school uniform
  • When a mandatory policy is adopted, determine whether to have an opt-out provision
  • Do not require students to wear a message
  • Assist families that need financial help
  • Treat school uniforms as part of the overall safety program