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The Importance of Discipline in Schools

The Importance of Discipline in Schools

At one time, our country was considered to have the smartest young minds in the world. However, lately the United States public schools are struggling to compete academically with other developed countries. The most recent assessment ranks our country’s test scores fifth in the world. In addition, and perhaps more disconcerting, is the growing incidents of violence in our public schools. There have been more shootings and fights in our schools than ever before. Newly elected President George W. Bush has this issue high on his agenda. Public schools are being forced to consider mandatory uniforms to reduce violence and to raise our poor academic performance, even if the student loses his/her right to dress the way they want to.

Since April of 1999 when the tragic school shooting at Columbine High School happened, schools have been looking for a solution to this terrible violence. Due to the number of gangs and cliques that are formed today, choice of clothing can start fights between peers on a daily basis. All gangs have colors, and to have a mandatory uniform would eliminate the wearing of gang material to school. Secondly, because of the looseness and bagginess of the clothes that teenagers wear, it is easy to hide things such as weapons in their clothing. A uniform consisting of khaki pants and a collared shirt would completely solve this problem. Lastly, due to the bad messages that are on clothing these days, children can be influenced by many different things. T-shirts promoting musicians with bad messages, violence and other negative things are not needed in a learning environment. With the installment of mandatory school uniforms, the public school will no longer be a place for violence.

In United States public schools today, test scores are dropping faster than ever before. Designer clothing and jewelry seem to have in a teenagers life nowadays than their schoolwork. However, if they do not have to worry about what to wear every morning to school, than the focus will once again be to learn. Also, because some children are not as fortunate as others and can not afford nice clothes they are made fun of and belittled by their peers. However, if every student wore the same thing, the emphasis on nice clothes...

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