Being a student at Bullis is a privilege. We wear a uniform to show pride in our school. The debate over the school uniform within the Bullis community is that some believe the uniform is beneficial, while others believe that it is too restricting. If all students cannot agree on the benefits of the uniform is then we will all follow it differently—some closer than other. Those who believe that the uniform serves a purpose will follow the rules of the dress code. Those who think that the uniform is pointless will not follow the dress code; instead, they will customize it in as they see fit. Therefore, if we do not agree on the uniform, there will be less unity among the student body.
In 1994, the first district enforced uniforms in its schools and there were great benefits that allowed the concept to spread across the country(1). Uniforms are important because they make everyone look like one unified group. The issue of uniform exists because some feel that they are not able express themselves freely. People who do not abide by the rules get upset when they are penalized. When people are told penalized for their dress, they either rebel by continuing to wear the wrong things or get tired of the consequences and eventually abide by the rules of the Bullis dress code. I believe in wearing the dress code because I have worn uniform for most of my life and believe that it is implemented for reasons that I will share with you.
Wearing uniforms means that everyone looks the same and no one is judged based on what they wear. If we are all dressed alike then no one will be penalized or tallied for not wearing what needs to be worn. Statistics show that 86% of school leaders said uniforms make "a significant, positive impact on peer pressure," and 64% said uniforms reduce bullying. Schools are against peer pressure and uniform that shows everyone is equal and cuts down on peer pressure. If peer pressure was not a thing, (which it is) uniforms would not be as widely supported. Another statistic that the University of Houston found is that "the average absence rate for girls in middle and high school decreased by 7% after the introduction of uniforms.” Not only does wearing uniform decrease peer pressure, but it also encourages students to come to school since they know everyone will be dressed just the exact same way. Another flaw with not wearing uniforms is the hassle associated with uncertainty. When you wear a uniform you don’t have to spend extra time at night or in the morning deciding what to wear. At Bullis, we have some options but not many to delay your morning routine.
Would you judge someone for not wearing the newest style? Some people can’t afford the newest things, which also means that they do not usually fit in with the “cool” kids in school. For example, Little Jonny's mom cannot afford the latest Jordans, but everyone in the 10th grade has the new Jordans. The teachers notice that everyone has these shoes except for Jonny. Everyone in the 10th grade class meeting makes fun of Johnny. Little Johnny goes home every day and cries himself to sleep because his family cannot afford these cool Jordans. Wearing a uniform can also protect students from being depressed. If Johnny could afford these Jordan’s then he would fit in with everyone, and be a happier student. At Bullis we have the choice to wear different styles and color options. Wearing a black or brown shoe is a wide range for all people and no one is excluded.
School is for learning and not for being fashionable. Prioritizing education before fashion choices puts an emphasis on learning. Uniform is the way to go and keeps the well being of all students in mind. Without the uniform, our school does not look like the elite private school that it is. Uniform unifies our school and those who break the dress code should be penalized because they are reflecting whole and not just one individual. Student should stop breaking dress code because they are not making a statement; they are making themselves look foolish because they cannot seem to follow the rules.