Dress Codes In Public Schools - The Debate Is On

Dress Codes In Public Schools – The Debate Is On

By: - K-12 Education - October 5, 2011
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The debate over dress codes in public schools has been going on for several years now and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Many will agree, when it comes to school dress codes that both sides have valid points, but most will side with one side over the other. This is more than debate over simple rules, the question of school dress codes goes much deeper than that. With more and more schools enacting dress codes each year, some may say the debate is only just beginning.

For those who believe dress codes in public schools work, they will cite several facts. One of these facts is that administrations who have enacted dress codes say that violence is decreased, fights in schools are reduced and student grades and achievements are raised. For instance, in the case of violence, many students who have smuggled guns and knives into school hide these weapons right inside of their baggy clothes. In addition to promoting safety, many people who like the idea of a dress code enacted in schools say that this makes for a more positive and pleasant learning environment. Going a step further, many schools run with this and require uniforms, even in public schools. With all of these listed benefits, for many it is quite understandable why dress codes in public schools work and should be the norm.

Opponents of school dress codes say that they do nothing for improving the learning experience, instead they teach students to conform to an ideal, not be an individual. Opponents also suggest that when students are required to conform to a dress code, they are also learning that conformity and being obedient to authority figures are more important than learning. Even further still, opponents say that the entire focus of education has been shifted away from actual learning and become focused on environment.

Opponents also say that public schools need to be more adaptable to individuality, which is simply another type of education. Instead of focusing on suppressing individuality, opponents of dress codes by and large feel schools and educators should be celebrating the creativity of students through their clothing choices.

The students themselves, of course, tend to side on the no dress code side of the debate. Most of them feel that their individuality is important and agree that this is not something they want to give up. As you can see, the debate over dress codes will keep getting stronger as more people join each side.