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The school uniform debate just got a whole lot more complicated

Let's settle the school uniform debate once and for all

It seems innocent enough, but bring up the topic of school uniforms among your fellow parents, and you're probably going to start a hot debate. While plenty of parents are in support of school uniforms, others stand strongly against them. And a uniform policy, or lack thereof, can also determine where you send your kid to school.

If you haven't formed an opinion yet, we've broken down both sides of the argument. Here's what you need to know about this decades-old debate.

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Pros of school uniforms

  • Students experience less pressure in deciding what to wear each morning.
  • Uniforms cost less overall.
  • Student attendance improves.
  • Encourages discipline.
  • Students takes less time to get ready in the morning.
  • Children are free to concentrate on lessons.
  • Uniformity promotes a reduction of violence in schools.
  • A decrease in peer pressure to wear trendier brands.
  • Uniforms can be reused and recycled.
  • School intruders are more easily identified in a school of uniformed children.

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Former President Clinton is perhaps the most famous and influential advocate of school uniform. In a March 1996 speech he said:

"If it means that the schoolrooms will be more orderly and more disciplined, and that our young people will learn to evaluate themselves by what they are on the inside instead of what they're wearing on the outside, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear uniforms."

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