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School Uniforms and Violence
Some schools promote school uniforms as a way of reducing school violence. This article addresses the correlation between school uniforms and violence. Keep reading for tips on stopping violence at school and the benefits of school uniforms as part of the dress code.
School uniforms are one option that administrators, teachers, and parents may consider when thinking about solutions to teen violence. School uniforms can play a role in reducing some types of school violence, but they are more effective when used along with other methods for reducing violence. School uniforms and violence may have some correlation but they are not a sure solution.
While many schools have some type of dress code to avoid disruptive or gang-related clothing, some schools are also using or considering school uniforms as a way of reducing school violence. School uniforms have several advantages in combating school violence:
It is difficult to know how much correlation school uniforms and violence really have because many schools that have switched to school uniforms to reduce school violence use them along with other violence reduction strategies. Still, some teachers and students feel that schools seem safer when school uniforms are required. The effectiveness of school uniforms may depend on the factors influencing school violence in a community and the other methods the school uses to reduce teen violence.
Some points to consider when looking at a school that already has school uniforms, or when thinking about using them at a school, include:
School uniforms are likely to be most effective when used as part of a larger program of education and support for students to reduce school violence. Some of the other methods used along with school uniforms to combat teen violence include:
Though school uniforms alone will probably not be enough to stop teen violence, they can be part of a school atmosphere or strategy that helps reduce violence at school.
University of Oregon College of Education, Clearinghouse on Educational Policy and Management, "Uniforms and Dress-code Policies" [online]
Security Research Center and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, "Guide for Preventing and Responding to School Violence" [online]
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