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Against Mandatory School Uniforms in Public School Essay

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Imagine that you pick your seven-year-old child up from school. He is crying and wearing a different outfit than the one he wore to school. This is obviously upsetting but not as upsetting as your next discovery. His shirt, one you have never seen before, has a large "L" written on the sleeve in permanent marker; his shorts, also not his, are overly large, stained and faded. Upon questioning your kid, you find that, despite the best efforts at compliance, your kid's clothes has violated the school's uniform policy. Neither you nor your husband was known to bring your child a "compliant" change of clothes; rather a loaner uniform was forced upon your son or daughter. He had been made to transform within these alien clothing (McBride "Student" 1-2). The debate over mandatory uniforms in the public school system is raging across the country and in our own backyards. Proponents assert uniforms improve many areas in the educational arena while competitions vigorously challenge these claims. Opponents also cite possible civil rights violations while uniform supporters counter that the potential benefits significantly outweigh any loss of freedoms. The dilemma of mandatory uniforms in the public colleges gained the spotlight of national attention after President Clinton's 1996 State of the Union speech. During that speech the President said, "If it means that teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets, then our public schools ought to be able to require their students to wear uniforms" (Clinton 4). The President later visited Long Beach, California, where the very first, district wide, mandatory school uniform policy in the nation was enjoying seemingly remarkable success. He advised those attending his address he'd signed an order instructing the Secretary of Education to send to all school districts across the nation the recently created Manual on School Uniforms ("Clinton" 1). The guide outlines specific steps for school districts wishing to implement uniform policies. It also gives examples of a couple of model policies from throughout the nation (United 1-7). The President went on to cheer and cheer Long Beach due to their glowingly powerful uniform coverage ("Clinton" 3). Thus, the Long Beach Unified School District's uniform coverage became the federal standard for school districts across the country. Regardless of the obvious success of some uniform policies, these.

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