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Teenagers spend between six and eight hours in America’s high schools sitting at their desks, listening to their teachers, and doing their school work . In some schools, they are also required to dress in school uniforms. Students should not be required to wear uniforms because they do not allow for a student’s self-expression, and they are not affordable for parents .
First of all, school uniforms do not allow students to express themselves. Teenagers are at an age where they are trying to establish their identity. High school is typically a time when students begin to develop their own sense of personal style, desperately trying to both fit in and stand out. Being self-conscious and often lacking confidence, some teens use clothing and outward appearance to express this individuality. It is not fair to prevent them from exploring self-expression by making them wear uniforms. By taking away a student’s right to choose what to wear, the opportunity to express oneself is taken away.
Clothes play an enormous role in that they, more so than makeup, jewelry, and accessories are able to reflect the inner thoughts, feelings, and attitudes of students. To entirely take away students’ rights to choose what they wear is to remove an avenue through which they can express themselves. Mandating uniforms not only takes away a student’s right to express themselves, but it also puts a burden on parents.Additionally, uniforms are not affordable for families. According to A battle of dress codes,”Requiring students to wear uniforms means that students must own uniforms. With school budgets limited, the financial burden of buying uniforms will fall to the parents. Parents will no longer have a choice in the type of clothing they buy or the price they pay.”Also, parents will have the added cost of purchasing clothes that their child wears outside of school. Furthermore, uniforms become a more significant cost when parents have more than one child to buy for. Because most parents have to buy a lot of necessities for their children on a daily basis, they are not left with extra money when it comes to school shopping.
Uniforms will add heavily to the overall cost of a new school year and are just asking too much out the pockets of parents who work hard for the money they have. While others believe uniforms are affordable, their reasoning is wrong because school uniforms are costly and in today’s up and down economy, they are an unnecessary added expense. In conclusion, students should not be forced to wear uniforms because they do not allow for self expression and they are not affordable. There are already plenty of restrictions upon high school students, and mandating school uniforms would not be a helpful regulation.
In conclusion, students should not have to wear school uniforms because it keeps students from finding their own identities. Most of all, schools will only act as a band-aid to the real society problems that we are dealing with, and will keep us from trying to solve those problems.