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Better Education with School UniformsThe use of uniforms in public schools is an interesting and controversial topic It is believed that uniforms help decrease violence maintain discipline in the schools and enhance the students performance I had the opportunity to talk with several teachers and hear their different points of view regarding the use of school uniforms I also asked some parents for their point of view The majority of parents and teachers agree that uniforms would greatly contribute to the solution Ana Linder a teacher at the alternative school Skill Center in Norfolk has more than twenty students in her class These students have all been expelled from their regular schools for discipline problems including violence One reason for the violence is clothing Ana told me about one student who had been expelled from school because he had pushed another student down a flight of stairs to take a jacket that a student was wearing Another student stole an expensive pair of tennis shoes because he had been joked about the cheep ones he was wearing and his mother being a single parent could not afford the expensive ones Kids today are very fashion conscious and if they cant afford the latest trends they try to get them by any means possible Since fashion is so important to students with the price tag being the major issue the use of uniforms would eliminate peer pressure to conform thus eliminating the need for violence to obtain these expensive items Another Alternative school teacher at The Center for Effective Learning in Virginia Beach Becky Herron stated that with younger middle school students uniforms would definitely help with their behaviors Students from eleven to fourteen care more about their looks than anything else uniforms would help these children focus on academics and behavior would improve A couple of years ago Ruffner Middle School in Norfolk became one of eight nationwide model schools by implementing mandatory use of
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