What Are the Advantages of School Uniforms?

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School uniforms provide several benefits for students, teachers and parents, including reducing distractions in the classroom, eliminating conflicts between parents and children about what to wear to school and even improving safety. Depending on the school dress code, students may be required to wear school uniforms starting at a young age. Wearing uniforms is frowned upon by some students, while others feel that wearing school-oriented clothing improves self-esteem and confidence and stimulates positive behavior.

For many students, parents and educational staff, implementing a school dress code provides practical benefits, such as eliminating time and worry in the morning deciding what to wear. For many families, having clothing supplied for children by a school significantly reduces the financial costs typically associated with purchasing new clothing. Wearing school uniforms also makes students feel less pressure to follow the lead of peers and purchase trendy and expensive apparel. School uniforms can make students safer at school too. Having students dress alike makes it easier for staff and students to identify intruders. Additionally, wearing matching clothing helps students feel connected to a group of peers, which may lead to positive changes in behavior and reduce rates of violence and destruction of school property.