Australia[ edit ] Former U. President Obama with students at an Australian school in In Australia, each school or school system can set its own uniform policy.
Pupils in Turkey, School girls, Spain, It is not difficult to trace the origins of the uniform as there is no comprehensive written history, but rather a variety of known influences. School uniforms are believed to be a practice which dates to the 16th century in the United Kingdom.
It is believed that the Christ Hospital School in London in was the first school to use a school uniform. School uuniforms, primary schools and secondary schools School uuniforms uniforms as a marker of class and status. In School uuniforms United Statesa movement toward using uniforms in state schools began when Bill Clinton addressed it in the State of the Unionsaying: These theories and studies elaborate on the benefits and also the shortcomings of uniform policies.
The issue of nature vs. With uniforms also comes a variety of controversies, pros, cons and major legal implications. One of these, the case study of the Long Beach Unified School Districtis most often cited in support of school uniforms and their effectiveness whereas Effects of Student Uniforms on Attendance, Behavior Problems, Substance Use, and Academic Achievement is the most frequently cited research in opposition to the implementation of school uniform policies.
Effects of uniforms on students[ edit ] The case study of the Long Beach Unified School District was the study of the first large, urban school in the United States to implement a uniform policy. Inmandatory school uniforms were implemented for the districts elementary and middle schools as a strategy to address the students' behaviour issues.
The study attributed favourable student behavioral changes and a significant drop in school discipline issues  to the mandatory uniform policy. This case study attributed the following noticeable outcomes to the use of uniforms throughout the district: A study suggested that "instead of directly affecting specific outcomes, uniforms act as a catalyst for change and provide a highly visible opportunity for additional programs" within schools.
In fact, Brunsma et al. According to David Brunsma, one in four public elementary schools and one in eight public middle and high schools in the USA have policies dictating what a student wears to school.
As ofthere are currently 23 states that allow school districts to mandate school uniforms. Although up until this point, The Supreme Court has not ruled on a case involving school uniforms directly, in the decision Tinker v.
Des Moines Independent Community School Districtthe Court ruled that upon entering school, students do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech.
In the Australian state of Queensland, Ombudsman Fred Albietz ruled in that state schools may not require uniforms. In Scotland, some local councils that have responsibility for delivering state education do not insist on students wearing a uniform as a precondition to attending and taking part in curricular activities.
Bossier Parish School Board lawsuit ina Louisiana district court ruled in favour of the school board because it did not see how the free speech rights of the students were being violated due to the school board's uniform policy.
Even though the plaintiff appealed the decision, the Fifth Circuit Court also ruled in favour of the school board after implementing a four-step system that is still used today.
Firstly, a school board has to have the right to set up a policy. Secondly, the policy must be determined to support a fundamental interest of the board as a whole. Thirdly, the guidelines cannot have been set for the purpose of censorship. Finally, the limits on student expression cannot be greater than the interest of the board.
As long as these four policies are in place, then no constitutional violation can be claimed. Forney Independent School District[ edit ] In the Forney Independent School District of Forney, Texas inthe school board decided to implement a school uniform policy allowing the students to wear a polo shirtoxford shirt or blouse in four possible colours, and blue or khaki pants or shirts, a skirt or jumper.
While there was some flexibility with shoes, certain types were prohibited along with any sort of baggy clothes. The parents of the Littlefield family requested that their son be exempt from the policy, but were denied. In response, the Littlefields filed a lawsuit against the school district, under the pretenses that this uniform mandate infringed on their rights as parents to control how they brought up their children and their education.
They even went as far as to cite an infringement on religious freedom, claiming that opting out of the uniforms on the grounds of religion allowed the school to rank the validity of certain religions. Before trial, the District Court dismissed the case, so the family appealed.
Ultimately, the Fifth Circuit Court ruled that the students' rights were not being violated even though the claims presented were valid. They ruled that school rules derived from the education would override the parents' right to control their children's upbringing in this specific situation.
As far as the religious freedom violation accusations, the court ruled that the policy did not have a religious goal, and thus did not infringe on religious freedom rights. A junior by the name of Kimberly Jacobs was suspended a total of five times because she wore a religious shirt to school and got cited for uniform violations.
Her family sued the Clark County School District under the claims that her First Amendment rights were being infringed upon and that the uniform policy was causing students to be deprived of due process.
The plaintiff's requests were for injunctive relief, the expunging of suspensions from Jacob's school record and awarding of damages. The injunction was granted to the family meaning that the school could no longer discipline her for breaking the uniform policy.A shirt, tie and blazer may not be the ingredients for my favourite outfit, but if I were given the choice, I wouldn’t throw away the idea of school uniform.
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