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Every day millions of teenagers spend between six and eight hours in Americas high schools They sit at their desks listen to their teachers and do their school work In some of these schools however they are also forced to dress in school uniforms This restriction is really too much In Americas high schools students should not be forced to wear uniforms because they take away a students sense of individuality they do not allow for self-expression and they absolutely do not save families any money First of all students should not wear uniforms because they take away a students sense of individuality Imagine this 30 students sit in desks in a small classroom Each student wears tan pants and a white shirt They sit with their school books and papers in front of them They all look exactly alike Does this seem right Of course not We are all individuals We are unique in many different ways Why try to make all students look alike This idea is supported by testimony from a 17-year-old student forced to wear uniforms Her story was reported in National Catholic Reporter of March 2002 and she said Everyone hated it It completely Killed any sense of individuality any one of us had Everyone looked the same It was sad to 27watch Clearly students with experience in wearing uniforms feel that they take away a sense of individuality Next school uniforms do not allow students to express themselves Teenagers are at an age where they are trying to establish their identity Is it fair to prevent them from exploring self-expression by making them wear uniforms By taking away a students right to choose what to wear we also take away the opportunity to express oneself For example if a young woman is very interested in becoming a fashion designer she may begin to take home economics classes and train herself to make clothes and create patterns If that were
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