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Public school systems across the country are now requiring students to wear uniforms Can uniforms really make a difference in a childs academic performance Wouldnt uniforms infringe the childs creativity and self expression The clothes dont make the child right Hempill A15 Wrong School uniforms can drastically reduce school violence and help a student to focus on school work In 1996 President Clinton endorsed public school uniforms in his State of the Union AddressAtkins 42 This created a rage among some education critics across the country Critics complain that uniforms will lessen childrens individualism and creativity infringing students rights and hint of racism While proponents believe uniforms will put the students emphasis on schoolwork instead of dressing coolly and they will help to lower school violence The idea comes from a Californian elementary school in Long Beach In 1994 Long Beach became the countrys first public school district to institute a mandatory uniform policyAtkins 42 The results were so promising that they lead to the Presidents endorsement The school saw a fifty-one percent drop in physical fights a thirty-four percent drop in assaults and batteries a fifty percent drop in weapons offenses and a thirty-two percent drop in school suspensionsMancini 65 All this in a time span of only one year Proving that a childs clothes does make a difference in school violence In a time when school children are getting killed for designer jackets and shoes uniforms are exactly what our children needMancini 63 Critics say that school uniform inhibit self expression If you take away a childs self expression through clothing you force that child to express his or herself in other ways This might even force a child to resort to even more violent forms of expression like through writing and art In todays society students are fighting each other in schools because of other students that wear rival gangs colors and clothing I went to school in a town with a
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