Does School Uniform Improve Learning Environment?

The debates over the question of the effects of school uniform on the studentsí performance has become acute, because the aim of any state in the sphere of education consists of improving the quality of teaching in all educational institutions. Most people think that school uniforms help in improving learning environment, because it helps the students in so many things. Although some people say that school uniforms do not impact academic performance and even reduce the motivation and take away childrenís freedom, school uniforms provide a number of advantages that include safety, saving time, focusing on learning, responsibility, saving money, and equality.
The opponents of school uniforms argue that students cannot express themselves freely. Some experts consider dress codes unconstitutional, as they limit studentís expression, including religious and political views. Like any other person, learners need to feel respected for their personality. The choice of clothing for schoolchildren should be based on this respect. At the same time, uniforms stifle creativity and encourage conformity. However, school uniforms help avoid many problems. The use of uniforms contributes to decreasing bullying. There is higher possibility of identifying lost children. In addition, uniforms resolve psychological problems.
It is believed that uniforms reduce motivation. The same clothing every day quickly becomes boring. However, there is an opposite point of view that is based on the ability of uniform to promote additional time for learning. Students should not worry about what to wear every morning. Uniforms also make the process of dressing for school faster, particularly for adolescent girls, potentially providing extra time for sleeping or studying. Thus, students can save their time.
Furthermore, some believe that uniforms reduce the confidence of children and lead them to build weak characters. However, more convincingly, uniforms bring equality so the students do not differentiate between religions. There is a division between poor and rich. Hence, the first task of a school uniform is masking the social inequalities among children. Another important issue is interethnic and interreligious conflicts. Secular school uniform of a standard pattern not only excludes religious and national elements of style, but teaches the citizens of multinational countries to realize the social equivalence of all ethnic and religious groups. This is particularly relevant for regions with a multi-ethnic composition of the population.
There are no direct dependence between wearing school uniform and increasing studentsí grades. Many people believe that the uniforms cannot affect studentís focus. Despite these beliefs, the school uniform positively affect learning environment. The uniform disciplines class and sets children on learning process. The uniform is associated in the child's mind with educational activities. This provokes an adequate place and time of installation of training. Another important aspect of psychology is attention. Without concentrating, successful learning is impossible. External factors, such as the appearance of the learner, often attracts studentsí attention and make it impossible to focus on studying, which reduces the effectiveness of the educational process. School uniforms solve this problem, stimulating concentration. Moreover, it contributes to the development in pupilsí feelings of community, teamwork, and the availability of common goals. A school uniform allows the child to freely self-determine between various formal and informal groups, as well as avoid pressure from the representatives of various teenage subcultures.
A teenager is a bundle of nerves and internal contradictions. If they do not have an opportunity to express themselves in clothes at least, this may result in bad behavior or, conversely, in juvenile depression. However, school uniforms contribute to the development of positive features of character. The students, who are dressed in school uniform, are more focused on their place in the society. They are afraid of committing an offense, since the distinctive elements of the school uniform can easily showcase their educational institution. The same applies to bad habits, theft, fights and rudeness. A child in a school uniform will behave much more cautious in public, because it will feel the inevitability of responsibility. In addition, in conditions of compulsory wearing of uniform, children develop features of careful handling of things. The school uniform improves discipline in the classroom and instills a taste for the business suit in the future.
The uniform cannot match the direction of fashion. Moreover, wearing it may cause discomfort. Despite such stereotypes, modern school uniforms are created according to the modern fashion trends. Thus, it warrants interest and does not burden the students. Such suits may be perceived as a Ďdress codeí of school. In particular, Japan can be a striking example of uniforms matching the fashion trends. Today, Japanese schools invite designers to create more spectacular models for pupils. Female students enjoy their school uniforms so much that they often wear them out of school as everyday clothing. Even those, who do not learn at school, sometimes imitate female students. Furthermore, it is known that the attention to any kind of uniform is precise and careful. Therefore, it should be expected that such clothing will be worn over a long time, maintaining its original characteristics. Wearing school uniforms will be much more economical than purchasing multiple sets of ordinary clothes for every season. Moreover, a single standard form that is adopted at the state level ensures that pupils clothes will fit sanitary requirements and will not negatively affect their health.
To this end, uniforms are a good idea for school students. A number of researchers found that a uniform policy in schools promotes safety in schools, positively influences the school climate, reduces the number of behavioral problems, and creates a professional atmosphere that is based on education and academic success. A survey conducted to local residents in 2001 by the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System showed that uniforms were believed to have many positive advantages for young people. These advantages included the expulsion of students on the basis of their clothing, increasing focus on academic performance, and creation of an atmosphere of teamwork.
In conclusion, one of the ways to improve studentsí academic achievements is the introduction of a compulsory school uniform, because it mobilizes learners, creates a feeling of comfort and protection, does not provide a visual distraction to for students and teachers, and does not promote discrimination. The uniform erases social inequalities, and children from low-income families look no worse than others. The uniform visually rallies children and motivates them to be organized during study periods. The introduction of uniforms should teach students to get noticed not because of their fashionable attire, but due to mental abilities. Based on the above, it can be concluded that the form is a necessary attribute of the educational process, a way of solving important age and psychological problems.
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