Uniform Introduction Policy at Public Schools

Abstract

The present paper is aimed at creating a detailed outline for the research paper on the topic of necessity of school uniform policy implementation at public schools. The outline consists of a thesis statement on which future research will be based and three main points of the research confirming the helpfulness of school uniform policy implementation. Besides, the paper contains references to six credible works that can become a good theoretical background of the future research paper. At first, school uniform policy can appear to be a helpful measure as it improves students’ attendance and makes them more responsible when it comes down to studying. Then, school uniform implementation policy can contribute to decreasing the gap between students belonging to different social layers. At last, such a policy can help to decrease the crime at schools and this is why its implementation remains a very important task for the government.

Thesis Statement

Although there are people voicing an opinion about uselessness and inefficiency of school uniform introduction policy at public schools, it may definitely have positive consequences such as increasing students’ self-discipline, estranging the gap between social groups and reducing crime.

Main Body

To begin with, the school uniform implementation policy can become a useful tool for helping to improve students’ level of academic performance and discipline. Due to some restrictions that wearing uniforms at school involves, the students understand that they are not allowed to do anything they want at school. What is more, they start to realize the difference between formal and informal situations. Consequently, they start taking their studying more seriously. According to the experiment conducted by Agarwal (2015), implementing uniform causes an increase in students’ attendance and academic performance. Wilken and Van Aardt (2012) believe that uniformly increases students’ performance as it helps them to identify themselves with their school more. These arguments are able to make the research more convincing.

To continue, it is very important to implement school uniform policy as it also helps to decrease the gap between students from wealthy families and their peers from low-income families. Wearing the uniform, the students seem to be put on equal footing: they all look the same way, and this is why they cannot be classified as rich or poor according to their appearance. Jensen (2014) assumes that wearing school uniforms during classes in physical education is effective for withstanding social inequality. Achinstein (2015) claims that wearing the uniform distracts students’ attention from the class positions of their peers. The use of these authors’ points can make the thesis sound more believable.

The third argument that can be developed in future research is connected to creating a safe space at schools. Decreasing the crime rates and providing the students with a safer environment for studying are the goals that can be achieved with the help of school uniform policy implementation. Wearing a uniform makes the students from different social groups equal, and students from richer families have a little chance to make their peers jealous. Thus, the cases of stealing are going to become less common. As for other authors’ opinions, Yang (2016) believes that reducing crime is the most convincing reason for the US government to implement school uniform policy. According to the research conducted by Sanchez and Hill (2012), a school uniform is a tool that appears to be essential when it comes down to reducing students’ liability to committing offenses.

References

Achinstein, B. (2015). (Re) labeling social status: Promises and tensions in developing a college-going culture for Latina youth in an urban high school. American Journal of Education, 121(3), 311-345.

Agarwal, D. (2015). Effects of school uniform on student’s achievement, behaviour, and attendance in government school of Odisha: A case study of Sundergarh District (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India.

Jensen, U. H. (2014). Reduction of social inequality in high school. Rettigheder, Empowerment Og Læring, 1(1), 63.

Sanchez, J. E., & Hill, G. C. (2012). Uniforms in the middle school: Student opinions, discipline data, and school police data. Journal of School Violence, 11(4), 345-356.

Wilken, I., & Van Aardt, A. (2012). School uniforms: Tradition, benefit or predicament?. Education as Change, 16(1), 159-184.

Yang, S. (2016). School uniforms, elementary students—“docile bodies”. Race, Population Studies, and America’s Public Schools: A Critical Demography Perspective, 1(1), 55.