School uniforms don’t affect achievement

School uniforms don’t affect achievement, but may improve attendance slightly for girls in middle and high school, a new study shows.


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  1. What about their influence on behavior; wasn’t that always one of the aims? In my book, getting rid of inappropriate outfits is a big plus. Whether it’s through a strict dress code or through uniforms (probably less room for argument), kids shouldn’t be allowed to dress in slovenly, dysfunctional (gangs, drugs, alcohol connotations), suggestive or otherwise distracting outfits. Does anyone really think that MS-HS guys aren’t distracted by girls in skimpy tank tops and miniskirts or short shorts?

  2. Deirdre Mundy says:

    I know when we taught at a school with uniforms, the result was that misbehavior and rebellion centered on trying to get away with an untucked shirt, rather than on bigger things. So it was definitely easier on the teachers….

  3. Michael E. Lopez says:

    On behalf of MS-HS guys and former MS-HS guys, I can assure you that it doesn’t matter what they’re wearing. The girls are/were distracting.

    On the other hand, I’m not convinced that that particular sort of distraction is/was bad.

  4. If having uniforms doesn’t improve the learning atmosphere at a school, then why do most private schools require them?

    I support having a uniform policy because I think it reduces peer pressure to dress in a slutty manner. As the mom of a ‘tween, I’m appalled by the clothes that many girls my DD’s age are permitted to wear. They would be appropriate for a college co-ed, not an elementary school student just barely entering the earliest stages of puberty.