Proponents of school uniforms believe that uniforms encourage discipline and tear down economic barriers between students. Opponents consider them a financial burden on poor families and believe they limit students' freedom of expression.
As more public schools require school uniforms, the debate about them continues without a clear resolution. Fans of school uniforms believe they reduce bullying, contribute to better school attendance and allow children to focus on learning rather than on their clothes. Some experts, however, disagree, believing that it is important for children and teenagers to be able to express themselves through their fashion choices. In addition, they feel that requiring school uniforms not only places an undue financial requirement on some families but also holds up to ridicule those students who do not fit well in the uniforms.