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Tayler Creech
discussion 4/19
Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:51am
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Challenges I will face in this issue paper will be trying not to sound bias. I am definitely anti-uniform in schools because I think not letting kids not wear what they want takes away from the school experience. Schools teach a “hidden curriculum” to its students and that is to indirectly learn values and behaviors from their peers. I am also concerned about the order in which I am going to write my paper. I think my paper will turn out better in the first format (intro, side 1, side 2, conclusion) but I think some of my issues from both sides match up pretty well. The back and forth format seems like it would make my paper more interesting to read since it would be similar to a debate but I am not very familiar with it. I have found some good information so far for this paper. Some pro’s of the uniform policy include preventing gang colors in schools, instilling discipline among students, reducing distractions for students, encouraging a sense of community, and helping schools recognize those who do not belong on campus. There has been proof that school uniforms are effective from schools all over the United States (which I will discuss in my paper). Some of the cons of uniforms include students and parents may argue that uniforms violate their freedom of expression, the cost of the uniforms, students choosing to express their individuality through other means such as body piercing/tattoos, and a new policy for school uniforms can be time consuming and difficult to enforce. The strongest and most surprising piece of evidence against school uniforms was produced by the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology saying uniforms have no direct effect on behavioral problems. I found this interesting because the whole point of having a uniform policy is to enforce good behavior and equality. I am more against the policy than I am for it, so it will be informing to read and research about the pros of this issue. I don’t really have any questions about the issue paper since I have wrote papers similar to this before that require research.

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