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School Uniforms MAG

By Anonymous

     It's the first day of school and you have to find the perfect outfit to make a good impression. Lucky for me, I don't have this problem: my private school requires I wear a uniform. Some may think this is not a good idea, but I think it is very positive.

In school, one of the most important things is your style. The more you have, the more popular and noticed you will probably be. With uniforms, there's no discrimination because of what you're wearing. Everyone is united under the same style.

Clothing often reflects who you are and who you socialize with. In most schools, there are groups of students who dress alike. All the jocks dress differently from the preps who have a different style from the punks. You may even avoid a particular person because of what they are wearing. Uniforms require students to get to know each other by finding out about who they really are.

There are many styles of clothing, some appropriate for school and others not. Peers and the media pressure us to dress and look a certain way. Some clothing contains logos promoting drugs, alcohol or even violence. Midriff shirts, halters and mini skirts are advertised everywhere. Since students want to fit in and be cool, they want to wear this type of clothing. In most school systems, however, it is not allowed. Uniforms help eliminate these problems. All students look similar. They all fit in. There are no distractions. Uniforms allow students to concentrate on learning instead of what they are wearing.

Money also plays a big part in the clothing we wear. Not all styles are affordable. Students are ridiculed because they can't afford "in" clothing. Some may even feel pressured to steal to get the right clothing. Although uniforms are initially expensive, they can be worn for years, making them cost effective and less expensive than regular clothes.

When my school allows us a dress-down day, we can wear regular clothes. We show off our styles and wear our favorite shirts with jeans. Surprisingly, on dress-down days, we remain similar. We know each other well enough to be ourselves. Even without uniforms, we dress alike!

I believe uniforms help unite us in a common goal: to do well in school. It is a symbol of our unity. They demonstrate to everyone that we are more than just our clothes: we are all individuals.

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on Mar. 26 2018 at 12:56 pm
I don't think that everything y'all said was true good I would like to pick up my own outfit in the morning knowing that I might look good every now and then but what y'all said doesn't make any sense to me that's just sad because if you go to a private school doesn't it make sense if you do not wear uniforms I'm just saying trust and believe I really wouldn't be worrying about the uniform I'll be lucky to even get into a private school Trust and Believe the life I live I'll be lucky to even get into a focus group good service and good teachers and kids I love the same that's why I'm trying to get into the art school but I can't be lucky you get to go to a private school don't be worried about the uniforms worry about your life I'll be lucky to have a life like that trust and believe me

i love this so much!

on Sep. 27 2017 at 10:02 pm
WritingAddict03 SILVER, Saint Peters , Missouri
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True. But in families with many children, the clothes are simply passed down. This is helpful because parent's don't have to go shopping for younger children because they hate their older sibling's style; they'd have to wear it anyway. Also, wealthier families who can afford to buy uniforms for rapidly growing children often sell their used clothing for cheaper prices, making it easier for people who struggle more to purchase almost brand-new clothes at good prices.

on Aug. 31 2017 at 3:35 pm
WriteFreak BRONZE, London, Other
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Good article, just one thing. The whole "expensive clothes" thing... Have you ever looked at the cost of school uniforms?

on Apr. 17 2017 at 7:52 pm
annablossom BRONZE, Norcross, Georgia
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Good article, well written. However, not all uniforms encourage community and eliminate the discrimination against students who cannot afford trending clothes. My elementary and middle schools, for example, had three different shirt colors as part of our uniform, and you could tell who had money and who did not based solely on their shirt color; rich wore blue and yellow while those who did not come from money wore white. Also, children grow rapidly, meaning the uniform will have to replaced as they grow up, often time meaning more money is spent buying new uniforms than is gained from selling them.

on Feb. 6 2017 at 1:04 pm
I love it very much I m joking hahaha........

on Feb. 6 2017 at 1:00 pm
V good I m proud of you

Claud said...
on Oct. 6 2016 at 9:34 am
It's a very great opinion writing❤❤
Love it

Claud said...
on Oct. 6 2016 at 9:34 am
It's a very great opinion writing❤❤
Love it

on Mar. 5 2016 at 7:06 am
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Great Thoughts, Great Writing-Style! Thanks for the article.

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on Dec. 9 2015 at 11:07 am

on Oct. 25 2015 at 6:08 pm
wolfvomit PLATINUM, Jacksonville, Florida
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@TruthTeller is correct. Does it really matter about popularity? Yuki shouldN'T even be focusing on that in school! School is one of the only places where you should be able to find reliable, durable friendships. If you want to become a popular attention hog, do it. But, in all honesty, you shouldn't be judged because of what you're wearing. Style doesn't say anything about who you are, or you're personality. It's amateur things like this that annoy me.

Ghostwriter said...
on Oct. 17 2015 at 10:44 am
This story is so relatable to me. Not that I have a friend with cancer but the fact that I have a best friend more like a sister who I love and hold close to my heart! I mean I love a happy ending but I love that the fact Mona sadly wasn't because life isn't always perfect, not every cancer patient gets to have a happy ending like in the movies. I love that she was vulnerable and the fact that Mona's friend was there till the day they met and the last of her breath! This was heart warming, love it!

on Jun. 24 2015 at 8:17 pm
I really think this inspires me. Btw, I'm jealous u have school uniforms!

TruthTeller said...
on Jun. 9 2015 at 11:46 pm
Most of the kids that are complaining about school uniforms probably haven't worn any at all. Also the "You need your own style to express your self" statement is bullshit. That is called judging a book by it's cover and quite frankly its getting tiring. You don't need clothes to show who you really are.

angie said...
on May. 27 2015 at 11:15 am
this is amazing buddy! You have a lot of talent! So proud of you! My son nick went to the center for independence with your brother...

on Apr. 16 2015 at 2:34 pm
I say no cause peeps should have their own styles and where what is comfy to them!

on Apr. 15 2015 at 2:11 pm
taconyah hayes, Tacoma, Washington
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cool but still stupid af

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on Mar. 18 2015 at 11:09 am
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you stupid @Crispyrick42069

on Mar. 17 2015 at 3:35 pm
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