Public school system's enforcing students to wear uniforms.

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School uniforms have been debates since the beguinning of public education. Some children and parents feel that school uniforms stifle a child's creativity. Uniformity does not necessarily eliminate individuality (Forbes, 1994.). The truth is that wearing uniforms does not put a burden on an individual's self-expression. By researching and studying both sides of the debate one can only believe that school uniforms can actually eliminate many of the problems faced by students everyday.

The idea that school uniforms don't allow teens to be individuals is absurd. It is in fact true that from the age of 12- 19 children do need experiment with different styles to express themselves but even with uniforms teens can do this. Individuality is not something shown on the outside. It's the inside, your personality, your views, and your characteristics. Just because a group of students are all wearing the same clothes doesn't mean they will all suddenly act, talk, and think the same.

It is still very easy to be your own unique person when wearing the same thing as your pupils.

With the high cost of clothing today, school uniforms can lift a financial burden from students' families(Harrod 1987.). Kids whose parents can't or won't buy them the newest fads wouldn't be embarrassed or harasses because of their clothes. Designer clothes are expensive and getting a new wardrobe every semester, or even year can be too much for parents. Without uniforms social standing would be based more on teen's individual character, less their economic status. President Clinton once said that he supported school uniforms, "if it means that teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets."

By making everyone wear the same thing social "outcasts" who many not feel as though they fit in due to perhaps a financial situation, will...