In response to growing levels of violence in our schools, many parents, teachers and school officials have come to see school uniforms as one positive and creative way to reduce discipline problems and increase school safety.
Making Students Safer
No more "gang colors". No reason to rob a kid to get his or her expensive clothes. Plus people who don't belong are easy to spot on school grounds. Do uniforms make kids safer? 75% of schools with uniforms say "Yes".
Influencing Classroom Discipline
Almost 80% of schools with uniforms say classroom discipline has improved. Uniforms promote good behavior and provide an improved environment for learning.
Curtailing Peer Pressure
Uniforms usually reduce the competition among students to wear certain (and nearly always expensive) brands of clothing. Over 75% of schools in uniform noted a reduction in peer pressure among their students after adopting a uniform policy.
Increasing Parental Participation
The added responsibility of the parents making sure that their children wear their uniforms to school could lead to a stronger working relationship between school and home.
Improving the Learning Environment
Teachers surveyed say that uniforms promote a "down to business" approach. Kid's view uniforms as work clothes and take school more seriously. 52% of principals surveyed said that uniforms had a positive effect on student achievement.
Bolstering Self Confidence
Many studies have shown that kids with high self-esteem perform better in school. By eliminating a reason to feel self-conscious, uniforms can help improve children's self-confidence and may lead to greater class participation.
Facts provided by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and an NPD Group, Inc. survey.