Should Students Have to Wear School Uniforms?

Traditionally favored by private and parochial institutions, school uniforms are being adopted by US public schools in increasing numbers. One in five US public schools required students to wear uniforms during the 2013-2014 school year, up from one in eight in 2003-2004. Mandatory uniform policies in public schools are found more commonly in high-poverty areas. Proponents say that school uniforms make schools safer for students, create a "level playing field" that reduces socioeconomic disparities, and encourage children to focus on their studies rather than their clothes. Opponents say school uniforms infringe upon students' right to express their individuality, have no positive effect on behavior and academic achievement, and emphasize the socioeconomic disparities they are intended to disguise. Interested in hearing more what people have to say on this topic and whether or not they think it would solve any issues in our school system, whether it be in the United States as a whole or just the state of Michigan.

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