School Dress Code Pros and Cons List

The pros and cons of a school uniform have long been a debate amongst parents, teachers and students. While many may agree that the need or use of a dress code or school uniform is a great instrument in the school, there are just as many opposing factors. In the following article we cover some of the top pros and cons of a school uniform.

The Pros of a School Dress Code

1. In 90% of cases, school uniforms cost less than retailer or brand name clothing. For students and families who cannot afford uniforms, most schools offer some financial assistance towards these uniforms.

2. Most students feel a relief that they are all dressed the same rather than being judged for not having the newest or trendiest clothing. This in turn can also reduce bullying for students who cannot afford higher cost or name brand clothing.

3. It has been proven that students who dress in uniforms have improved attention in class, participation in class and classroom attendance.

4. Instead of focusing on outside influences (such as brand names on clothing, slogans on clothing, or revealing clothing), students are able to concentrate better and see each other more as equals.

5. Since many children find it hard to get up in the morning and get ready for school, having a uniform reduces the time that they spend trying to pick out clothing in the morning, which gives more time for breakfast, getting to the bus stop and arriving on time at school.

The Cons of a School Dress Code

1. School uniforms can prohibit a student from identifying with their own style and individuality.

2. School is a place where a child’s diverse interests, skills, and outlooks should be observed and not hindered.

3. Low income families may find that the cost of a school uniform can be financially burdensome.

4. If your child’s school is the only school in the area that requires uniforms, bullying from students at other schools against your child and others may become more of a problem because uniforms may single them out.

5. Some students may find that uniforms are uncomfortable to wear. This discomfort can cause distractions such as not being able to sit still, decreased concentration, and other setbacks.

6. Enforcement of dress code standards are hard enough as it is for school officials and teachers and forcing a uniform on students may make the situation worse.

While there are good arguments on both sides of the question, it is ultimately up to the combined efforts of the parents, teachers and school officials to decide the best course of action when it comes to how students dress within the confines of the school. Each school and situation is different and should be addressed when this question arises.