It’s official — the largest school district in the U. Over a half-million elementary-school students in School uniforms good or bad essay York City will have to adhere to a dress code by the fall of 1999.
It isn’t going to replace good teaching, good principals, small classrooms. It’s a fashion trend that’s spreading. From Los Angeles to Louisiana, from Maryland to Miami, public schools are discussing, and in many cases adopting, the old private school idea. Maria, a ninth-grader who swims, plays soccer, and wears exactly what everybody else does at her high school in Washington, DC. After school and on weekends, of course, all bets are off.
Maria has a simple yet effective strategy: she borrows her friends’ clothes, typically baggy jeans. No-nonsense uniforms are what many school are using as weapons in the war against gang-related violence and classroom distractions. That way, they do the shopping, and I get to wear them. President Clinton thinks they’re a good idea. If it means that the school rooms 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.