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SCHOOL UNIFORM The topic of school uniforms has been highly debated for many years. Many would think it would be the teachers versus the pupils in this debate but they would be wrong, this argument has members from both sides fighting for and against it. In this essay I will look at the topic from both sides and be un-objective in my writing. Many of the arguments made in favour of school uniforms have something to do with the safety of the school community as a whole. For example some may say that with school uniforms children do not get bullied for what clothes they wear as everyone is the same or theft is reduced as there is less temptation to steal from others. With uniforms in theory everyone is the same as opposed to a school without uniforms where everyone dresses how they like, making it possible for other people to pick on them for a choice they have made. ...read more.


Also some people feel that wearing a uniform allows children to keep their casual or "good clothes" for after school and weekends or special events, thus causing less wear and tear and clothing lasting longer so in essence saving parents money in the long run. Some people on the other hand believe that school uniforms make children and pupils at school lose their individuality and sense of freedom, as they are being forced to wear what other people are wearing. This could be seen as a bad thing as uniforms can also be extremely expensive and may need to be replaced at some point. A family may be able to send their child to the school but struggle to pay for their uniforms. This may also put some parents off sending their children to public schools or schools which are seen as "posh" or "upper class" because they have a uniform. Another problem may be that not everybody who wears a uniform suits the uniform, for example if a child is overweight they may ...read more.


This is also bad as a uniform can be recognized, sometimes from a distance, and this adds to the reputation of a school. There is also the issue of bullying out with the school, for example when a child is on their way home they may come across pupils from another school and sometimes this can be unpleasant. Also on buses on more than one occasion I have witnessed children being bullied or abused by other children because of the uniform they are wearing. In conclusion I feel that uniforms are good from a personal point of view. I feel it takes less time to decide what to wear in the morning and I have also noticed that although there are downsides the fact is I have noticed that there is less segregation amongst groups at school. From writing this essay I have noticed many advantages and disadvantages to uniforms, however my personal opinion remains for them as I have realised that uniforms may stop people expressing themselves in school but it stops separation of cliques and makes everyone start off level with each other at school. ?? ?? ?? ?? Bobbi McCartney ...read more.

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