Opposing Viewpoints

This page takes the opposing stand to school uniforms. In this page, you will learn why schools should not require students to wear uniforms.

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Thomas, A. (May 2009). The case against high school uniforms. Patriot News.


"School Uniforms Stifle Freedom of Expression." //School Policies//. Ed. Jamuna Carroll. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2008. Opposing Viewpoints. //Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context//. Web. 13 Apr. 2011.

Summary
According to this article many parents favor a uniform policy because it could make school clothes easier and cheaper to buy and many administrators think uniforms will ensure kids behave better. But wearing uniforms hasn't stopped soldiers from going AWOL or prisoners from getting in fights. School Uniform policy sends an anti-individuality message, If young people are to understand that a cornerstone of our freedom is the primacy of the individual—over government, over the collective, over any non-voluntary association—then sticking them all into look-alike clothes is a poor way to teach it. From their viewpoint a great way to teach the values of freedom and responsibility is to let youngsters experience freedom and, in the process, learn to act responsibly.

Assessment
I liked this article ,it made different points than the other articles I read. This article had a good argument against uniforms to ensure better behavior when it pointed out that soldiers still go AWOL in uniform and prisoners wear uniforms and still have behavior problems, uniforms cant solve all behavior problems. 



"School Uniforms." //Current Issues//: //Macmillian Social Science Library//. Detroit: Gale, 2010. //Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context//. Web. 14 Apr. 2011.

Summary
"If it means that the school rooms will be more orderly and more disciplined, and that our young people will learn to evaluate themselves by what they are on the inside, instead of what they're wearing on the outside, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear uniforms." said Bill Clinton. School uniforms are different than dress codes. Dress codes usually state that skirts have to be a certain length or t-shirts with offensive sayings on them can not be worn. School Uniforms restrict what the students can wear by requiring the students to wear a certain color and the same pants or skirts. Schools can have a dress code and allow students to still wear what they want without requiring them to wear a uniform,

Assessment
This article was pretty current and introduced me to other solutions for student dress other than requring students to wear a uniform. This article discussed that dress codes can have the same affects but still allow students the freedom to wear what they want, with some guidelines.



Haynes, Charles. "School Dress Codes Limit Students' Freedom of Expression." //First Amendment Center// (14 Mar. 2004). Rpt. in //Students' Rights//. Ed. Jamuna Carroll. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2005. Opposing Viewpoints. //Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context//. Web. 18 Apr. 2011

Summary
The topic of this article argues that school dress codes have overly broad and unconstitutional dress codes. Charles Haynes argues that creating an environment that is open to diversity can create conflict, but such controversy is essential to free societies. Charles Haynes is a senior scholar of the First Amendment Center, which works to preserve First Amendment freedoms. From the Confederate flag to gay rights, student shirts are walking billboards for every conceivable cause, blaring messages that are often provocative, sometimes funny, but always difficult to ignore,school officials are eager to prevent conflict and controversy. It is hard to censor without a fight, even kids who don't know much about the First Amendment or current law know a lot about "free speech". School administrators often find themselves fighting a lawsuit. With the increasing number of lawsuits school districts might win some but in most cases they will lose due to the 1969 ruling of Tinker vs. Des Moines Independant School District that students don't "shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and expression at the schoolhouse gate."

Assessment
I would reccomend this article it told me more about the court case of Tinker vs. Des Moines Independant School District that allowed students to wear black arm bands in protest of their school dress code. There are many legal concerns in denying students there First Amendment right of "free speech". I did not realize that it was a legal concern before reading more about it in this article.



Matus, Ron, and Kameel Stanley. "SCHOOLS BACK OFF UNIFORM PLANS; Citing cost concerns, board members now look at a modified dress code instead." //St. Petersburg Times// [St. Petersburg, FL] 2 Nov. 2010: 1B. //Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context//. Web. 20 Apr. 2011.

Summary
Pinellas school officials appear to be backing off mandatory uniforms, but say they still plan to crack down on questionable school fashion. School officials at the Pinellas school had decided on a school uniform policy but after more thought decided to go with a modified dress code. This dress code still allows students to be a little different but "Steps up" the current dress code policy requiring students to wear a collar and sleeves and pants with belt loops, this will eliminate the spaghetti strap tanks and saggy jeans. Some board members said then that such a policy would keep teachers and principals from having to serve as the fashion police. Others said it would take away some of the distinctions between rich kids and poor kids, school uniforms raised concerns of cost for some underprivileged students, The school district decided to be a little more flexible with the dress code while keeping it appropriate without requiring uniforms.

Assessment
This newspaper article was a great example of other options schools have opposed to a school uniforms policy, the school in the article chose a modified dress code instead of choosing school uniforms. This still required students to follow a policy of collared shirts with sleeves and pants with belt loops but did not require them to all be in the same color every day, they still had some say in what they wore each day.



Brindley, Alexis, and Peter Brosnan. "What not to wear: a school's dress code limits clothing styles and colors." //Current Events, a Weekly Reader publication// 28 Mar. 2011: 7+. //Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context//. Web. 20 Apr. 2011.

Summary
Students at Washington middle School in Yakima must don white, gray, or black polo shirts or dress shirts, with no patterns or symbols other than the school's insignia.Educators say that the policy will protect students from peer pressure and violence. The school is in an area known for gang activity. If students can't wear gang-related colors, it will make the school safer, officials say. Educators also point out that the required colors symbolize professionalism and success. The students on the other hand find the dress code to be shady they feel it requires them to conforms and lose individuality. Learning how to dress appropriately is an important life skill, and students should be allowed to make their own choices, allowing students to make their own clothing choices will help them become good decision makers. The students feel more comfortable and confident when they can walk into a classroom wearing what they picked out.

Assessment
This article was short but still have a few pieces of good information in it, it covered a school who limited the colors that students wore because the area is known for gang activity. The article looked at the issue from both viewpoints which was helpful to allow me to see the topic from both views. It also asked the students how they felt about the dress code, unlike most articles that only spoke to parents and educators. I thought this was important considering the dress code directly effects the students.