Families with boys are not necessarily spared these arguments either as many want to wear saggy pants while the school requires that waistlines be hitched firmly above the hips.
R is currently fighting the Clifton Board of Education, which has proposed a new school uniform policy for Clifton Public Schools. NJ Schools are experiencing a serious bullying problem, but the burgeoning problem that I am referring to is probably not the one you are thinking of.
Although we live in a state with the toughest anti-bullying law in the nation when it comes to protecting the rights of students and children, somehow along the way the parents were overlooked.
It is now the adults who have the bullying problem. The main cause of this new bullying dilemma in New Jersey is a law that encourages the adoption of mandatory uniform standard dress code policies. This is the latest educational fad to capture the attention of public school administrators and parents alike.
Both sides agree that kids should not dress inappropriately. Unfortunately, scientific studies and empirical evidence proving that uniform dress policies are ineffective have been tossed to the wayside. Those who wish to uniform our children are generally well meaning and full of good intentions.
However some of us know all too well where that road paved with good intentions can lead… Supporters are adamant that once valued attributes like diversity, creativity, and individuality must be set aside in order to accomplish what they feel is best for everyone.
Some of the more hard core uniformers think that it is perfectly acceptable to legally force opposing parents into going along with their utopian vision. They opine that the parents being made to shop against their will should stop complaining, and that the objectors should conform for the good of the whole.
They feel that simply being asked to buy a few inexpensive shirts and pants is a small price to pay for school peace. Even people who are not parents are being forced to participate in these programs as their tax dollars are being spent to outfit disadvantaged students with these unnecessary school supplies.
Faced with this unacceptable situation, citizens are banding together to provide support for uniform resisters and information to the public. American parents deserve the right to raise and parent their own children without government interference.
Some parents enjoy shopping for their children and want to spend time teaching them the value of good behavior, taste and proper dress. Unfortunately, those favoring mandatory uniform dress continue to spread the unsubstantiated propaganda of uniform manufacturers.
Yet bullying is exactly what is being fostered by this movement. This is a sad state of affairs because we live in the United States, a country founded upon the principals of freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Two major problems with this trend need to be addressed. The first is the tendency of uniform advocates to think that it is acceptable to force their beliefs upon others because bad law exists that allows them to get away with it.
The second is the fact that real research done by unbiased professionals like that of Dr. Brunsmahas proven that uniforms and standard dress policies do nothing at all. In fact they even had a negative impact on reading scores. This flies in the face of the claims made by the uniform manufacturers and their followers.Courts have generally ruled that mandating school uniforms does not violate a student's First Amendment rights, suggesting that schools have a reasonable right to enforce such a policy where they are attempting to address a need; like better discipline within the school community.
United States: Public School Uniforms and Controversy Use of school uniforms in the U.S. started in the early 's for parochial and private schools, but it wasn't until the s that public schools began to use uniforms. Uniforms should only be mandatory in private schools.
Public schools should never require a student to wear uniforms. This takes away from a student's freedom of expression. Freedom of expression is very important at that age. It can put a damper on their creativity, and .
School uniforms should be banned. “Almost 20% of public schools in America now require students to wear uniforms to school.” (Rauscher) Most schools don’t require students to wear uniform.
Many public schools are decreasing or eliminating mandatory physical education programs from elementary, middle and high schools. A study by the Institute of Medicine cites several reasons for this, including lack of funding and school testing standards. To find a Montessori school near you, check out our list of schools.
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