LETTER: Uniforms help learning

Uniforms will allow students to focus on academics. Because students do not have to worry about what they wear, they can open their
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Uniforms will allow students to focus on academics. Because students do not have to worry about what they wear, they can open their minds to things like fractions and World War II. According to "Time for Kids," 28 states, including Pennsylvania, have given their public schools the authority to enforce uniforms, and many of those schools have reported a drastic decrease in student suspensions and a major improvement in student attendance.

Because all of the students are wearing the same uniform, it provides students with a materialistic equality. This will help prevent kids from being picked on for their clothes. Also, it allows students to get to know each other for who they are inside, instead of who they are on the outside.

Many people believe uniforms are an expensive way of depriving kids of their individuality. But really, uniforms are cheaper than buying regular clothes because you don't buy new ones every year. For example, you can spend $140 at American Eagle Outfitters and get two shirts and two pairs of jeans, or you can go the landsend.com and get a jumper, two pairs of pants, two polo shirts and a zip-up jacket for $150 and use them for two or three years. Also, there are many ways to show individuality while wearing a uniform. Hairstyles and jewelry are just a few ways.

Many private schools such as Sacred Heart and St. Mary School enforce uniforms. So if you want your school to have less bullying and more equality and better academics, help your schools make the switch to uniforms. You can do this by starting a petition, bring it up at the next PTA or your local city council , or even write a letter to the mayor or governor. It will drastically improve the school experience for many children.

Carley Burgeson

Clyde