When people think about school uniforms, normally the first thought that pops into their head is a private school or prep school. We have all heard it− all talked about it, so it’s really no secret that sometimes the clothing that is purchased for school, either by the parent or the student can be distracting or inappropriate.
Many public schools have since mandated that all attending students should be dressed similar and school uniforms have been incorporated into many school dress code policies throughout the United States. These schools no longer have to worry about the distraction of a skirt being too short, light up tennis-shoes, or saggy jeans. A study was recently conducted and the many schools that have implemented a dress code of uniformity have reported that there has been an increase in student performance and academic interests. By enforcing a school uniform policy the primary focus of education has increased tremendously. Though this article is in no way suggesting that school uniforms are the answer to maintaining a high learning standard in your child’s school, this article is suggesting that by imposing a school uniform dress code your child is less likely to be distracted.
From my own personal experience I will say that when my son’s high school decided to mandate a uniformed dress code I was happy; both financially and personally. I have been that parent that has dropped my son off at school and witnessed young girls standing outside the school dressed as if they were going to “the club on a Friday night.” With that said, I am suggesting that wearing the latest and hottest fashion trends is not acceptable, but it can be distracting and in some instances has resulted in sexual harassment. So, I found some personal relief once the school enforced a strict school uniform dress code. And financially I didn’t have to worry about spending hundreds of dollars each fall on the current high priced fashion trends, or have to worry about my son not having the most expensive clothing.
You know it’s not secret when someone is dressed in cheaper clothing we as people tend to be critical of the persons character and be judgmental based on how much something cost. So, I am all for schools; both public and private enforcing a school uniform policy.