This issue goes beyond just a problem for me with acquiring it, but also what about the wear and tear children put on clothes with a ten dollar shirt this is no problem but a 100 dollar polo shirt the care for it would be a ridiculous expense of both my time and my money in fact many agree that they are an undue burden on the poor, including many minority families. (Scholastic, Dress for success). With just a dress code we can avoid this and spend our money on educational expenses. If we keep just a dress code children will still feel like an individual, still feel positive about who they are. If we keep just a dress code students and parents also wouldnt have to pay for and take care of these uniforms. On top of that a uniform dress code creates resentment and conflicts with the administration, leading to an erosion of discipline. (Scholastic, Dress for success).
Some may say that uniforms would help rid schools of bullying but this is high school in the 21st century kids arent bullied for what they wear, and even if they were this is too much work to get rid of just a single category of bullying. Some also say that this would help students feel equal, that not only would not work but if it did it would be a negative not a positive. Another belief by some is that they contribute to lower rates of substance abuse and gang activity (Scholastic, Dress for success) but what a student wears at school does not affect what they do once they get home or go out. When you make a child feel equal with everyone else they do not feel good about who they are since everyone else is the same. A lot of people state eliminate a source of distraction¦ (Scholastic, Dress for success), however clothing is not a big distraction in schools.
I think you will find many experts and the majority of students and parents will also feel this way. We have made a lot of process in the name of education without uniforms and we can continue to do so. If it isnt broken why fix it?
If we do not spend all our time and money on the issue of school uniforms we can spend on worrying about other issues that are more important such as the quality of our childrens education. Brunsma and Rockquemore both agreed that students wearing uniforms did not appear to have any significantly different academic preparedness, pro-school attitudes, or peer group structures with pro-school attitudes than other students (Journal of educational research).