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Uniform Policy

Uniform Pros Uniform Cons Reduces distractions for students Students argue that uniforms violate their freedom of expression Helps schools recognize those who do not belong Parents raise concerns about the cost of uniforms. Prevents students from wearing clothing that declares – intentionally or inadvertently – gang affiliation. Some uniforms may strike students and parents as sexist. It may take students less time to get ready for school each morning. Students are removed from class when they are not wearing their uniforms. . Source: Vittana.org

By Christhian Mendoza, Staff Writer

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Its 6:00 a.m. and you’re getting ready for school. You reach into your closet and pick out a navy blue collar shirt but then you hesitate.  You say to yourself, “Today, all my periods are cold classes,” so instead you pick out a red sweatshirt and leave for school.

Miami High is a uniform school, but not everyone wears uniform every day. Assistant principal Ms. Barreto said, “The students who decide to not wear uniform will get sent to CSI and miss a day of learning.”

Nevertheless, junior Sarah Castellanos, who wears uniform once a week, said, “I don’t feel like it’s necessary and it gets tiring seeing everyone wear the same shirts every day.” Junior Krysten Morales wears her uniform 3 times per week “because it becomes repetitive’’

Miami Senior High uniform shirt.

On the other hand, many believe, like assistant principal Mr. Zabala, also added that you should always wear uniforms to identify who the students are. Senior John Matute said, “I feel safe with the uniforms because it helps determine which school you come from. It also helps the schools distinguish who their students are.”

However, junior Stephanie Gancedo disagrees. She said, “I do not feel safe with uniforms because the uniform isn’t going to prevent a shooter from coming to a school and doing horrific things.”

Many students at Miami Senior High dislike wearing uniforms. Junior Sarah Castellanos stated, ‘’I feel like I should get the chance to express myself freely based on what I decide to wear to school.’’ Sophomore James McBride added, ‘’The school uniform doesn’t fit my clothing style.’’

Stephanie Gancedo said, “I think the school shouldn’t make parents buy uniforms and the administrators should focus more on the school’s test score statistics rather than me wearing a black shirt.” Sophomore Joshua LightBourne added, “Uniforms shouldn’t be necessary because we already wear our ID’s as a type of identification.’’

Some students point out that wearing uniforms should be optional, not mandatory. Junior Herenia Lopez said, “You should be able to wear whatever you want as long as you’re getting your education.”

Junior Colleen Bucknor stated, “We shouldn’t have to wear uniforms because it holds back the students’ freedom and liberty to be in a comfortable learning environment.” Junior Emely Perez added, “We shouldn’t have to wear uniform because we should be able to come to school comfortable in our own clothing and express ourself.”

If uniforms were abolished, what would we wear to school? Junior Aaliyah Carvajal said, “We should be able to wear anything we want as long as it‘s appropriate for a school.”

Freshman Marcely Osorno added, “We should wear anything we please because that’s how we show our emotions and true self to others.”

 

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