Should students have to wear school uniforms?
There is a keenly debated discussion within Australian schools over whether or not students should have to wear school uniforms. I believe that students should wear uniforms. In my opinion school uniforms can help reduce bullying rates in schools. I also believe that they can bring a sense of equality between students. Given that school uniforms are cost-effective, I see no reason why all school students should not be wearing school uniforms.
School uniforms can reduce bullying rates in schools. Bullying is a particularly significant issue in Australian schools, partly because of the cultural diversity among Australian students. All these cultural groups have values and beliefs that are unique to one another. Often, students tease and bully one another because of their cultural differences. Bullying will often result in students experiencing depression, anger and giving rise to skirmishes and quarrels. I think that wearing uniforms will help students see one another as individuals and mates, and not judge one another based simply on their culture. Hence school uniforms can help prevent culture-based bullying in our schools.
Uniforms can also foster a sense of equality between students. Some students to a well-to-do families are more privileged than others. Choice of clothing for the handicapped students is a big issue as fashion is used by many students as a key status-symbol. Through their fashion they try to be seen as equals to other students. I firmly believe that if all students wear uniforms, social status would no longer be an issue for poorer students. Furthermore, uniforms will enable all students to focus on their studies.
School uniforms are also cost-effective. All students can afford school uniforms. Students who do not wear uniforms have to wear different clothes at least twice a week. This can be a very exorbitant way of dressing for school. On the other hand, students who wear school uniforms have to purchase uniforms only once in a year. They can wear this uniform every day of the year.
In conclusion, I believe that there are many benefits to wearing school uniform. A uniform is affordable, it reduces bullying rates in schools and it fosters a sense of equality in schools. For these reasons I believe that all students should wear uniforms.