Social Problem From Both Sides Term Paper

Download this Term Paper in word format (.doc)

Note: Sample below may appear distorted but all corresponding word document files contain proper formatting

Excerpt from Term Paper:

For example, one Dearborn, Michigan student used his appearance as a way to politically protest the Iraq war when he wore an anti-Bush t-shirt. The school prohibited him from doing so, but he finally won the right to do so, after an appeal to the state's supreme court: "I wore the shirt to spark discussion among the students on an issue I cared deeply about....I haven't decided when I'll wear the shirt again, but now I have the confidence of knowing that I have the right to wear it" he said ("Judge Rules in Favor of Michigan Student's Right to Wear Anti-War T-Shirt to School," ACLU, 2003).

When public institutions require students to wear uniforms as a mandate of participation in a public educational community, what sort of image of a free society are we creating for a nation's young people? Uniforms are a Band-aid solution; rather the real concern should be addressing the problems of school violence and underachievement


When I embarked upon my research, I admit that as a student I was personally adverse to the idea of wearing a uniform, but I expected the research to support the 'pro' argument. However, I wear a uniform for work, and I know that when I enter the workforce I must wear a uniform, so I was not entirely unsympathetic to the 'con' side. What surprised me, however, was how little real statistical evidence existed to back up the idea that uniforms contributed to superior student performance. There was a great deal of emotional rhetoric supporting uniforms, but nothing to indicate if the use of uniforms actually generated a more academically-minded student body and facilitated progress. The arguments about school violence made sense, but there was no correlation between the use of uniforms and reduced rates of school violence, except in very small studies that did not control for economic variables.

Requiring students to wear uniforms is a 'feel good' solution for parents. Yes, parents may feel comforted knowing that their child or other students are not dressed like Britney Spears or feel that they have to buy the latest pair of Nikes. But it is ridiculous to think that students will be unaware of economic and social distinctions expressed in personal possessions like cars, personal grooming, and what they know of their fellow students outside of school -- or that they will be unaware of the presence of the opposite sex, merely because everyone is wearing uniforms.

Wearing uniforms seems to indicate a fundamental lack of respect for student expression and creativity. Yes, teachers and administrators must adhere to a dress code. But that is different than insisting on McDonald's-style sameness in student attire, and students cannot, when uniforms are mandated, use their clothing as a legitimate vehicle of self-expression -- or political self-expression, which is their right as future citizens of a democracy.

Works Cited

Applebome, Peter. "In Court: When Clothes Speak to More Than Fashion." The New

York Times. 23 Sept 2007. 15 Oct 2007.

Bennett, Jill. "Clinton Urges Stricter Rules in Schools." The New York Times.

21 July 1998. 15 Oct 2007.,%20Bill

Brunsma, D.L. & Rockquemore, K.A. "Effects of Student Uniforms on Attendance,

Behavior Problems, Substance Abuse, and Academic Achievement." The Journal of Education Research. 92.1. Sept. / Oct. 1998, pp. 53-62. 15 Oct 2007.

Judge Rules in Favor of Michigan Student's Right to Wear Anti-War T-Shirt to School."

ACLU. 1 Oct 2003. 15 Oct 2007.

Kelley, Melissa. "School Uniforms." 2006. 15 Oct 2007.

Lewin, Tamar. "Dress for Success." The New York Times. 17 Sept. 2006. 15 Oct 2007.

Weiss, Jennifer. "Do clothes make the student?" The New York Times. 17 Sept. 2006.

15 Oct 2007.

Zerinke, K. "Plaid's out." The New York Times. 13 Sept 2002. 15 Oct 2007.,%20Bill[continue]

Some Sources Used in Document:


Cite This Term Paper:

"Social Problem From Both Sides " (2007, October 16) Retrieved October 23, 2016, from

"Social Problem From Both Sides " 16 October 2007. Web.23 October. 2016. <>

"Social Problem From Both Sides ", 16 October 2007, Accessed.23 October. 2016,

Other Documents Pertaining To This Topic

  • Social Problem Drug Abuse

    Education to both addicts and non-addicts is important since it discourages those people who have not started taking drugs and informs those who are addicted on the consequences they are likely to face. The government should facilitate the setting up of more businesses so us to provide employment opportunities for ex-addicts who are undergoing treatment and those who have completed treatment. This will make their minds to be occupied with

  • Social Problems 8489 Three Problems

    In order to make better management of urbanization certain, governments can take on macroeconomic policies with the intention of alleviating the extent of urbanization to levels that can be controlled or to maintain people to keep on living in rural areas. A National Physical (Spatial) Development Plan could be set up as a principal means for dealing with the "national direction on distribution of population; utilization of land; development

  • Social Problems Affecting Students and Schools in the U S

    Social problems affecting students and schools in the U.S. Caring and coaching are two methodologies that can be used by teachers in classrooms comprised of students with problems ranging from teen pregnancy to violence. Four other social problems, including drug use, alcohol use, suicide and delinquency, are among the top causes for student disengagement, and socioeconomic and race issues also contribute to the problems at hand. In order for a teacher to overcome

  • Political or Social Problem Racism Has Been

    Political or Social Problem Racism has been a major social problem in American history going back to the colonial period of the 17th and 18th Centuries, and by no means only in the former slave states of the South. In fact, the condition of blacks in the United States has always been a central social, political and economic problem that resulted in the nation's most destructive war in 1861-65 and

  • Gambling a Social Problem Gambling

    In addition to creating jobs, casinos on reservations provided the American Indian community with various social services and strengthened their social bonds (Momper 142; Cornell et al., 1998). While it is true that gambling addiction has increased among American Indian residents as a result of building casinos, in many instances improvements in standards of living took many of them out of poverty, decreasing the rate of behavioral problems and

  • Social Psychology Social Beliefs and

    I have had friends that I've known since I was in grade school. Our initial interaction occurred because of our attraction toward one another. We had so many things in common, such as the same favorite television shows and the same favorite sports. Our proximity to one another also aided in the development of this attraction toward one another. We all lived on the same block and therefore had

  • Social Work Field Perception of Social Work

    Social Work Field Perception of Social Work Social work is a challenging profession that also helps one make a difference in the lives of others (CUW 2011). It aims at improving the overall functioning and well-being of people served. A social worker must have a genuine and special concern for the poor, marginalized, and the vulnerable. Social work is an art and a science at the same time. It fits service to

Read Full Term Paper
Copyright 2016 . All Rights Reserved