On the surface, it seems like the great school uniform debate shouldn't be that controversial of a subject. We're only talking about clothes, here, after all. However, uniforms are actually an extremely polarizing topic and have led to many a heated argument among the parents of school-aged children.
It all comes down for what's best for the children, but should kids really be required to wear a uniform to school every day? We've broken down both sides of this decades-old debate.
Former President Clinton is perhaps the most famous and influential advocate of school uniform.
"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," he said in a March 1996 speech.
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Originally published July 2009. Updated January 2017.
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