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: Using uniforms in schools make it easier for the student to focus on learning, not on whose jeans cost more than theirs or who has a nicer jacket. Introduction I. Attention-getting material: I¶ll bet that most of you here today in this room at one time or another during your school career have been forced to wear a uniform in order to attend your specific school. I know I did. I attended a Catholic primary and middle school, a environment and community in which having a school uniform is completely normal and almost required for the school to function properly. At the time, I found uniforms to be quite boring and drab. I thought that they were constraints within which we had to fall, and I surely never knew that I would grow up and go off to high school and end up missing them. How many of you have woken up in the morning and looked in your closet, or on your floor and thought to yourself, ³I have nothing to wear!´ A lot of us do it, and having a school uniform greatly helps with that and many other problems. II. Establish credibility: Now, I¶m not saying that every school in every state should have uniforms. For example, I think that once you reach an age at which you don¶t break down in tears with a fashion crisis just because you can¶t find your favorite pair of jeans, you should be given much more freedom on what you wear in a work and or school environment. It is at that point that you can make mature decisions for yourself and should know how to dress appropriately for where you are going and what your objective will be when you get there. III. Preview/Thematic statement: I¶m not here to just tell you that every school should have uniforms and that¶s just the way it should be. Instead I would like to discuss how using uniforms in schools could make a better, more focused learning environment for students around the world of varying ages and social groups.
Body I. Uniforms for the longest time have been thought of and seen as a ³Catholic School´ thing. However, in the 1980¶s that all changed. a. In the 1980s public schools were often being compared unfavorably to Catholic schools, the only major difference was the integration of religions, and the use of uniforms in the learning environment.
[Transition: Let¶s talk about economics for a second] III. d. just so that their child can go to school. and the school runs basically a big uniform room where parents can bring in clothing their kids have outgrown and they can then get clothing that will fit their kids at no cost to them. Some schools argue that to enforce uniforms is quite a difficult task in some larger public and private schools. For some schools. a. Eliminates the need and want of young kids for expensive designer clothing just because everyone else has it. b. It was at that time that school uniforms started popping up in public schools in urban areas around the country.] II. look very professional and sophisticated. Many schools and parent boards are claiming that they do not want uniforms in their schools because of the economical stress that it places on the family when they are required to buy certain clothing from certain vendors. a. hair. Uniforms with nice coordinating colors can make the student body as a whole. Some argue that forcing students to wear uniforms takes away their ability to express their individuality. and through their greatest accessory. where families only have to buy a certain amount of new uniforms for their kids. [Transition: some cons?] IV. b. Some schools have even gone as far to say that uniforms violate a . c. shoes . but in reality they can still do that through jewelry. For example. then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear school uniforms. c. some schools are so diverse economically that kids feel the need to steal or ³borrow´ high end clothing from retail stores or others just so that they can try to fit in or look like the other kids. businessmen. Many schools have developed uniform exchange plans. Uniforms get kids used to getting dressed up to go do everyday activities. their personality. uniforms are a way to make the kids blend together better apparel wise.2 b. and other high power people around the world dress in nice looking clothing to simply go to work. People tend to respect people more and be more formal in speaking and acting when people are dressed nicely. President Clinton later in 1996 stated that ³"If it means teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets. lawyers. dressing for success." [Transition: That¶s brings me to another point.
they do. Seattle. Concluding remarks: adding simplicity to a student¶s life is always a good thing. At least at these schools. Fla." b. 6 Jan. safety. graduation and proficiency pass rates at 64 public high schools in Ohio. " The Vancouver Sun [Vancouver. 2009 http://www. [Transition: Obviously.proquest. ProQuest Newsstand. The security of the school. if graduation rates are rising because of the use of uniforms. it reduces stress and rushing in the mornings.proquest. BBHS.C. but the number of schools toying with stricter dress codes is on the rise :[Final Edition]. "Schools' uniform question.] 18 Aug. someone has done something right change wise] Conclusion I.com/ Christina Wilson. 2009 http://www.] 2 Jan. BBHS. but I came away seeing that they do.] 17 Sep. ProQuest Newsstand. Her final analysis surprised her: "I really went into this thinking uniforms don't make a difference.3 student¶s right to freedom of expression and that students dressed in uniforms tend to be targets for bullies from other schools. Summary statements: a rising graduation rate. a.E3. decrease in cliques and gangs. WA. and everything and everyone in it. Orlando Sentinel.1. 3 Jan. and the fact that a student doesn¶t have to worry about which brand of jacket she wore today. Add on some personal security. ProQuest. it¶s a matter of security at that point.Journal [Spartanburg. Works Cited: Catherine Porter.proquest. II. ProQuest.F. assistant professor at Youngstown State University. Seattle. " Spartanburg Herald . 3 Jan. I was absolutely floored. S. and the ability to identify students alone is a good reason to implement uniforms into a school. Draa's study concluded that those schools with uniform policies improved in attendance. "Schools' uniform dress code being met with mostly positive results. ProQuest. B. BBHS.C. Seattle. Virginia Draa. 2008. WA. WA. " Orlando Sentinel [Orlando. graduation and suspension rates. 2009 http://www.com/ . is an awesome thing. "Public schools try on uniforms: British Columbia schools cannot require school uniforms.com/ Denise-Marie Balona. 2009. 1999. reviewed attendance.
4 Maureen Downey. "All dressed up with no urge to learn. " The Atlanta Journal . WA.com/ "UNIFORM POLICY & DRESS CODE. ProQuest. 6 Jan. Ga.S. ProQuest.13.] 8 Dec. 3 Jan.proquest.proquest. Ohio] 27 Aug.com/ . BBHS. ProQuest Newsstand. 2008.A. " Call & Post [Cleveland. Seattle. 2009 http://www. BBHS. 2008. 2009 http://www. ProQuest Newsstand. Seattle.8. WA.Constitution [Atlanta.