ERIC Number: EJ1007021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Buttoned down: Are School Uniform Policies a Perfect Fit for All Students?
Teaching Tolerance, v52 n43 p56-57 Spr 2013
In the 1999-2000 school year, only about 12 percent of U.S. public schools required their students to wear uniforms. Since then, the number of schools requiring uniforms has risen. Uniform policies are now in place at about a fifth of all public schools in the United States--but do school uniforms really level the playing field? New research has called into question many of the central claims that encourage schools to adopt uniform policies. They include: (1) Uniforms are cost-effective for low-income families; (2) Uniforms improve student behavior; (3) Uniforms prevent crime and violence; and (4) Uniforms establish a positive school culture.
Descriptors: Public Schools, Student Behavior, School Uniforms, Low Income Groups, School Culture, School Policy, Cost Effectiveness, Prevention, Crime, Violence
Southern Poverty Law Center. 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104. Tel: 334-956-8200; Fax: 334-956-8484; Web site: http://www.tolerance.org/teach/magazine/index.jsp
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States