Are dress codes in public schools necessary?

Dress codes at school vary widely depending on what school district a student attends. Currently, whether or not schools should have a dress code at all is up for debate at schools throughout the nation. Supporters of a dress code claim that they help students feel more confident, and help cut down on distractions at school. Opponents of dress codes argue that they discriminate against women, and infringe on student’s rights to free expression.

 

Take a look at the resources below and let us know what you think. Are public school dress codes necessary?

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Current Standings:
Yes: 36%
No: 64%
  • Ethan from Idaho

    Having uniforms can cause less bullying because when you are wearing the same thing it gives them less to tease you about, for example you get a brand new shirt and wear it to school and a kid says “you look ugly” well with school uniforms that doesn’t happen as much.

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  • destinee from California

    It seems that if a dress or uniform code can possibly improve academic success, reduce violence, increase the safety of students, reduce class/economic envy and improve deteriorating schools, why not implement a code? In the video the dress code they have is extreme and I don’t agree with it but, it doesn’t define all dress codes.

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  • Cali from Pennsylvania

    I think they are needed but not as strict as they are. I think that they are mainly against girls and doing that could really affect the girls confidence. Although boys do have dress code its not as strict on them as there are on girls

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    I think they are needed but not as strict as they are. I think that they are mainly against girls and doing that could really affect the girls confide…

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  • hana from Texas

    At my school we have to wear uniforms Monday – Thursday but on Fridays we can wear jeans, no holes, rips, or tears and we have to wear a school shirt or a polo. The only reason I think we have a dress code is cause our hormones are raging right now. I don’t think our principals or teachers do’t want to see us in booty shorts and a crop top. Or fish nets, bad language on our shirts, ect. I’m a very modest girl i don’t want guys to my notice my butt or chest area. There is a girl in my class who always wears a polo with all of the buttons unbuttoned so you can see her bra and everything. I think it is necessary cause i don’t want to come to school and see some girl half naked.

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    At my school we have to wear uniforms Monday – Thursday but on Fridays we can wear jeans, no holes, rips, or tears and we have to wear a school shirt …

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  • brianna from Idaho

    i think they should

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    • Noelle from Alabama

      NO because we are at school to learn not to be judged for our own clothing and our clothes dont hurt the teachers they arnt hurting

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    • alia from North Carolina

      why?

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  • Madie from Missouri

    I think having dress codes in school are important but they have to be within reason. If there are dress codes in schools then it should still allow the kids to express themselves. They should also be able to feel free and not to restricted.

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    I think having dress codes in school are important but they have to be within reason. If there are dress codes in schools then it should still allow t…

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  • Maggie from Pennsylvania

    The Constitution should be the guideline when considering anything in the public sector. However, the Constitution does not mention public education – leaving that up to the states. So fundamentally this question depends on the state.

    With that said, if my tax dollars are going to a public school, at the very least I want the students to learn something. Instead girls are often dressing in a very skimpy way to get guys attention, and if guys look at her they suddenly become “creepy”. Girls and guys both should respect their own and each other’s bodies by dressing modestly and professionally. School is training for the real world – and guess what? In the real world people have meetings, interviews, and jobs where they are expected to wear appropriate attire. Dress codes encourage respect for yourself and other around you, along with training one for the real world. Therefore they should be encouraged.

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    • mama from New York

      girls should wear what they want.

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    • Juliah from Wisconsin

      Why can’t girls wear whatever they want? We aren’t objects and I wear what I want to feel good for MYSELF!

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    • Mia from Indiana

      By saying “dress codes encourage respect for yourself and others around you”, you are clumping everyone into one big group. If someone dressed in shorts and a tank top, then does that mean they don’t have respect for themselves? Maybe someone feels more confident and better about their body when they are wearing less then what a dress code states they should be wearing. That doesn’t mean they don’t have respect for themselves. For me, I like to wear running shorts and t-shirts and i feel comfortable in outfits like that, but my school says that I’m showing too much and that I need to cover up. I still have all the respect in the world for myself and I definitely expect others to respect me, even if I am wearing something “skimpy”.

      Now to your point about kids not being able to learn. The way you’re making it sound by saying “the girls often dress skimpy for the guys, but then when the guys look at them they’re creeps”, is that the girls are the issue. Well I am here to tell you that girls are not the only thing wrong in that situation. You talked about respect for others, so the boys should have respect for their classmates and not look at them like they’re pieces of meat. Also I can tell you, because I am in high school still, that girls can wear sweatpants and sweatshirts and are still “distracting” the boys. I have heard plenty of guys talk about somebody’s body in a sexually objectifying way, even though they’re in “modest clothing”. Maybe you should use your tax dollars to help young men learn to be respectful.

      You brought up the point that kids need to get used to dressing modestly because eventually they’ll be in the real world with meetings and jobs. Well the first issue with that is that not everyone will be in a career field where they need to dress modestly. The second issue is that I have seen for myself what people can wear to interviews, and not once have I seen someone not be hired because their shoulders were showing or their shirt was too tight on cleavage (and yes I mean too tight, not too low). Most high schoolers with jobs are actually allowed to wear shorts to work, so based off of what you’re saying, I should be able to wear shorts to school because that’s how work is.

      Now to end my point, we don’t need a dress code that you want in school. It seems to me that you want young girls to be ashamed of their bodies and to cover up so they don’t distract their male peers. It seems to me that you want kids to only dress professionally and like they’re going to an interview or work. It seems to me that you think children (specifically girls, based off of what you wrote) need to dress modestly to respect themselves. It seems to me you’re wrong, on all accounts. I’m not saying that kids should be allowed to go around the school naked, but I do know that I should not be in drouble when I’m wearing a high necked shirt that “emphasizes my curvey top” or jeans that “make it look like you’re trying to show off my body”. I know for a fact that how I dress will not make any difference on how I feel about myself , which is the only opinion that matters, and that I respect the heck out myself, so it doesn’t matter if you don’t.

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  • julia from Arizona

    yes but they need to change

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  • Carrie from Georgia

    Schools should be allowed to search their lockers. The students don’t own the lockers, so it’s not their personal property in the first place. The only thing that is, is their bags. Which if they are following the rules they shouldn’t have anything to hide, and they shouldn’t be worried. Schools should be able to search the lockers, because the lockers are apart of the school, it is school property. The students have the choice to use they correctly. The school should only search the lockers for their student’s safety. While the students are at school, their lives are in the school system’s hands, and it is the school’s staff and administration job to make sure that all of the students are safe. Even if that means that they have to search the lockers.

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  • Kelsey from Missouri

    I say yes for there to be a dress code, Yes because girls sometimes wear inappropriate clothing and speaking for myself i would rather not walk around the school seeing girls butts hanging out nor their boobs . but they also get yelled at because they have shirts that show their shoulders so if one is put into place they need to clarify what is against the rules.

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    I say yes for there to be a dress code, Yes because girls sometimes wear inappropriate clothing and speaking for myself i would rather not walk around…

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  • Katel from Alabama

    Dress codes in schools should be required. Girls often wear booty short and strapless shirt and students just trying to get an education can get annoyed or distracted by those girls. Girls that are wearing athletic shorts or an athletic tank top shouldn’t be dress coded, but I think if their shorts get above their finger tips or to the point where someone feels uncomfortable than it can turn into a problem. During the summer, when it is hot outside girls often wear shorter short and super tight shirts and that is where things get uncomfortable. But, people also pay their tax dollars so if their parents are okay with them wearing their explicit outfits than more power to them.

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  • T from Massachusetts

    I go to a private school in Boston in where the dress code is shown as people who take the extra step to show how we are formal and professional.

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  • J from Texas

    The “actual” mandate that schools and their officials must provide a safe and distraction-free environment for students FAR outweighs the “perceived” infringement upon a minor’s 1st amendment right to “express” herself via her garment choices. Were we to give equal weight to the whims and fancies of the stylistic decisions of teenagers as we do to the need to provide safety and security, we would quickly diminish the first and obliterate the second.

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    • Mia from Indiana

      So I noticed that you strictly decided to discuss the issues with “her”. I would like to point out that one, you are sexualizing women in that statement, and two, you are pointing out that dress codes are sexualizing women. If a teenage girl’s body is distracting you, then you need to learn how to focus yourself instead of forcing someone to change how they dress.

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      So I noticed that you strictly decided to discuss the issues with “her”. I would like to point out that one, you are sexualizing women in that sta…

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  • Connor from South Carolina

    Yes so that no one dresses inapropriate. They should be able to wear it unless it’s appropriate.

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  • tyler from New York

    School uniforms takes the stress out of non-academic life

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    • charles from Maryland

      yea

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  • Nathaniel from Tennessee

    School is for learning. Learning should come first. Things that distract from learning should be reduced if possible. Students are not allowed to bring their dogs to school or to play video games during class, because those are distracting. So, if a boy wears a minimalist tank top or a girl wears a revealing dress, it is a distraction, and thus it should be avoided if possible.
    Furthermore, the free speech argument is not valid because it forgets the context of school. Allowing all free speech would mean that the school would have to allow passing notes or allow students to disrupt class by interrupting the teacher. But, obviously, that is not allowed, because it distracts from learning.
    On a separate note, having very strict dress codes, like school uniforms, can actually help low-income families, because kids won’t have as much pressure to buy expensive designer clothing to wear to school and “be cool”, as everyone is wearing the same thing.

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    School is for learning. Learning should come first. Things that distract from learning should be reduced if possible. Students are not allowed to brin…

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    • Mia from Indiana

      By having someone removed from a class for what they wear is an interruption in their learning. I understand that if you get suspended for assaulting a student that it interrupts learning which you consider equal to dress code, but you have to realize that fighting and dress code are not on an equal scale. I know many people who like to wear running shorts to school, but they can’t so they have to wear jeans. Those are the same kids who are constantly talking to each other about how hot it is and that they’re sweating from the jeans they’re force to wear. Is that not a distraction? They couldn’t even focus on their school work because they were distracted by how idiotic it was to force them to wear clothes that fit into the general rule of “modesty”. Explain to me how you can force students into a dress code when the dress code is more distracting then if they just wore whatever they wanted. How does a shoulder distract someone? How does a little patch of skin from a hole in my jeans distract someone? How do my knees distract someone? Here’s an extra tough question, how do my boobs and butt distract someone? You might be thinking “uhm that’s an obvious one, obviously those are distracting”, so that’s why I ask the actual tough question, why were you looking in the first place? What gave someone the right to look at me like that? You’re probably thinking “freedom to do what I want is what gave me the right”, but that can’t be true, because you said that freedom doesn’t go along with the context of school, so why should you have the freedom to sexually objectify me? Trick question, you don’t. You also don’t have to right to say something is distracting to someone, even though you can’t speak for everyone (so it’s probably just a you problem that you need to fix).

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      By having someone removed from a class for what they wear is an interruption in their learning. I understand that if you get suspended for assaulting …

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  • J from Pennsylvania

    The Founders of the USA referred to the Bible when drafting our documents. I most certainly believe that they agreed with the Bible in it’s fullness. The Bible came straight from the God they believed in and it is of a higher power than the founding documents. I quote from it:
    1st Timothy 2:9 “I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes,”
    Paul is giving these orders. and the same ought to go for men. Dress codes are Biblical as Paul gave the order here. The Founders believed the Bible more important than the laws of man. Out we believe the same?

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    • Sabine from Texas

      What about separation of church and state?

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  • Abigail from Alabama

    For years, schools have had dress codes put in handbooks or guidelines. These rules and regulations may only benefit. For instance, without a dress code students may decide to wear something flashy and revealing. For parents of those younger students it may come as a bad example for their own. Without dress codes students may over expose themselves. At my school we are not allowed to wear trench-coats. Why you may ask? The faculty and staff do not want the students to bring weaponry to school, with a long coat like such it will be easier to hide. In the end dress codes are there for the benefit of the students.

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  • Spencer from Missouri

    Dress codes can be good because they have lowered violence. Approximately 135,000 guns are brought to Americas 85,000 public schools each day. Since dress codes have been implemented, there is less places to hide guns in clothing. it also maintains discipline and limits distraction.

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  • Chloe from Missouri

    I think that dress codes are a good idea because clothing and style can often be a factor in bullying. School should feel like a safe place, but nobody can feel safe in a place they’re being bullied. If girls wear more revealing clothes or more stylish clothes just to fit in, then they’re not being themselves. If guys wear more stylish clothes just to seem “cool” then they’re not being themselves. Everybody says that school is “judgement-free”, but honestly, it’s not. If schools enforce a dress code, then nobody can be distracted, and school can become more judgement-free.

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    I think that dress codes are a good idea because clothing and style can often be a factor in bullying. School should feel like a safe place, but nobod…

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  • Addison from Missouri

    I do think that dress codes are necessary in schools so kids don’t bring the wrong kind of attention to themselves. Though I do not think that uniforms are necessary. This is because no one would be able to express themselves. I also believe dress codes should not be only for girls. Most dress codes are mostly for girls while I have seen guys at my school wear tank tops that show their torso. Dress codes are necessary in schools so kids don’t draw attention to themselves while still expressing themselves the way they want to.

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    I do think that dress codes are necessary in schools so kids don’t bring the wrong kind of attention to themselves. Though I do not think that uniform…

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  • Kara from Missouri

    I think school dress codes are a good thing to have in schools. There are two main reasons why I think this. One if a student that attends the school shows up with a shirt with offensive things on it the teachers and staff in this situation can’t do anything about it because they don’t have a school dress code but if they had a dress code they could ask them to go to the office and call home and ask for someone to bring them a different shirt. Another reason Is that without a school dress code someone could stuff a weapon in there clothes to cause harm at the school but, if they had a school dress code it would be less likely that the student could get away with this. So by having a school dress code the school could have a nicer community and a safer day.

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    I think school dress codes are a good thing to have in schools. There are two main reasons why I think this. One if a student that attends the school …

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  • Ashtyn from Missouri

    I believe that dress codes are necessary for public schools to a certain point. Setting boundaries will help to keep students safe and lower overall violence. However, schools should not take away students rights completely. Creativity is of utmost importance for young adults which they should be able to express through their clothing. Thus, dress codes are relevant and need to be implemented but must not be entirely restrictive.

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    I believe that dress codes are necessary for public schools to a certain point. Setting boundaries will help to keep students safe and lower overall v…

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  • Rachel from Missouri

    I believe that dress codes can improve school punctuality. Every morning, instead of stressing about clothes and how to make yourself look beautiful to be popular, you will already know what you need to wear. Also, dress codes have proven to increase student achievement, most likely because your not focused on sparkles or your jacket all the time. Instead of checking out their closet and finding the cutest top, they are more into their studies than their wardrobe. Another thing, dress codes help prevent conflict in school. Oppose to uniforms, dress codes can still let people wear what they want and give people a sense and an expression.

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    I believe that dress codes can improve school punctuality. Every morning, instead of stressing about clothes and how to make yourself look beautiful t…

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  • Ben from Missouri

    Dress codes are not necessary because people should wear whatever feels right to them, and should not be discriminated by that, people need to be free with the clothes and not back down in people who think that they should not wear that.

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  • Ella from Missouri

    Schools really should have a fair and appropriate dress code for students. Some say it may be limiting to students “expressing themselves”, but the truth is they can still express themselves with a dress code without being inappropriate about it. Besides, school is a place for learning, not a place to wear skimpy or inappropriate clothing to impress others or to look cool. Statistics have also shown that academic scores have risen from putting dress codes into effect. To be honest, with a dress code you’d have students more focused on why you’re at school is to learn, and that school is more than a “who can dress the best” contest.

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    Schools really should have a fair and appropriate dress code for students. Some say it may be limiting to students “expressing themselves”, but the tr…

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  • Danni from Missouri

    Dress codes are a good thing because the teach the students that a future employer won’t allow expressiveness in a workplace. Dress codes also help diminish peer pressure for a number of reasons, such as students not being forced by others to wear discriminating clothes and/or revealing clothes.

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  • Logan from Missouri

    I Believe That all schools should have a dress code of some sort because sometimes clothes Won’t allow you to participate in certain activities like wearing a dress to p.e that would not be a smart choice. Or If a student would wear a giant rainbow wig or something like that it could cause a distraction during class. Finally, some of the clothes that girls are wearing today are way to revealing of their legs or other parts of their body.

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  • Daniel from Missouri

    I think that dress codes in public schools are necessary. Without dress codes, many people can wear inappropriate or distracting clothing. Public Schools should require a dress code however the public schools should not require a uniform. Uniforms do not allow a person to express their personality and without dress codes people can take advantage of the freedom from dress codes.

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  • Joshua from Pennsylvania

    This is a necessary and important issue, but unfortunately many of the arguments presented thus far have not rested so much on the Constitution as on ethics, morality, and public opinion. This is unfortunate, not necessarily because these are bad resting places for an argument over policy, but more that the purpose of this forum is to focus on the Constitution. The other arguments given are perfectly valid for answering the question of whether we should have a dress code. However, the first question is the one of can we even have a dress code, Constitutionally, in the first place? Therefore, my argument will rest squarely on the text and interpretation of this important document.
    Yes, dress codes are absolutely necessary and even Constitutionally allowed. I will base my argument off of two key texts in the Constitution:

    Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 (General Welfare Clause):
    “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts, and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts, and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;”

    Amendment 1:
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
    I will be focusing on the power of Congress to spend money to “provide for the… general Welfare of the United States,” and its prohibition against making “law… abridging the freedom of speech”.

    1) Public Schools are Government Institutions
    Public Schools are run by the State, as the Federal Government is prohibited from regulating education by the Constitution by the following argument:
    1. Any powers not delegated to the Federal Government are reserved to the States or the people. (Amendment X)
    2. Education is not delegated to the Federal Government.
    3. Therefore, the Federal Government may not regulate education.
    However, my first key text, the General Welfare clause, currently allows the government to spend money for the “General Welfare” of the United States. What the clause originally meant is a discussion beyond the scope of this post, but it doesn’t matter for the purpose of my argument. The acting definition is essentially the same as the one given by the Supreme Court in United States v. Butler, in 1936. This landmark case opened the floodgates for Federal Spending, allowing the Federal government to spend money on things that are outside the scope of the delegated powers in Article I.
    This is exactly how the Federal government regulates education. The states are offered a grant of money from Washington, but only allowed to take this money if they comply with certain regulations. There are certain restrictions on what they can regulate, but they currently regulate much of state education in this way. Thus, public schools are essentially regulated by the Federal government and are therefore under the Constitution.

    2) Obscene Speech is Unprotected Speech
    Much of the argument against dress codes, Constitutionally, might be aimed at free speech. Students should be allowed to express themselves according to the First Amendment, right? Wrong. The Supreme Court has ruled, in such cases as Miller v. California, that obscene speech is unprotected by the First Amendment and may be banned. Thus, a dress code is a perfectly Constitutional restriction on speech.

    What do we have at the end of all this? The fact that the schools are perfectly in the right to establish dress codes. The other arguments on this site address the next question of whether we should or should not have one; I hold the former position. The Constitution does not protect obscenity, and the Bible—the foundation, one could argue, of the Constitution in many ways—condemns it. The truth is, whether one wants to believe it or not, men are attracted to women. And it will not stop; this is the way it was created, and in marriage, it is holy and right. But outside of that, it is immoral and sinful, and dress codes are a perfectly Constitutional way of addressing that.

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  • Morgan from Washington

    Let’s get to the heart of this issue. Why do students go to school? The point of school is to teach students a wide range of subjects to encourage creativity and curiosity. However, innappropriate clothing can distract students from the soul purpose of going to school.
    All humans are visual beings. If we see something that is distracting, like underwear showing from a guy that needs a belt, cleavage from a low cut shirt, or profanity on clothing, it distracts us from learning. One person wearing innappropriate clothes may
    not make much of a difference, but if one sees multiple incidences, that causes overall harm, not good.
    Some argue that dress codes for girls intensify sexist stereotypes against women, and men should stop their negative views about girls. However, that logic is not realistic. Boys views towards girls will never change instantly, since many grow up in unhealthy homes. Dress codes, in fact, make school safe and comfortable for both genders. “In Long Beach, CA, after two years of a district-wide K-8 mandatory uniform policy, reports of assault and battery in the district’s schools decreased by 34%, assault with a deadly weapon dropped by 50%, fighting incidents went down by 51%, sex offenses were cut by 74%, robbery dropped by 65%, possession of weapons (or weapon “look-alikes”) decreased by 52%, possession of drugs went down by 69%, and vandalism was lowered by 18%. ” (http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0013124596028004003). When boys don’t see the distraction of tight leggings exposing a girl’s butt, and girls don’t see a guy with distracting clothing, they are more likely to view each other as equals.
    Dress codes are put in place for a reason. I agree that dress codes shouldn’t be too strict, like banning the exposure of collarbones on girls. However, they are used to keep students healthy, safe, and committed to learning. It may be flattering to get attention from exposing clothing, but that attention can only be negative that affects learning and social issues inside and outside of the classroom.

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  • Celine from Florida

    Public schools are places of education and not malls or parks. A dress code is necessary in order to maintain a professional, learning environment. That being said, the rules of the dress code should be applied equally to both boys and girls. That means that if girls are not allowed to wear tank tops, neither should boys. And it also means that if girls are prohibited from wearing revealing clothing, boys should not be allowed to be wear revealing clothing either (such as dropping their pants to the point that their underwear is exposed). Revealing or indecent clothing can be distracting to both genders and create disruption in the classroom. For those reasons, dress codes are necessary in public schools.

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  • Sydney from North Carolina

    I am in no form against dress codes and here is why:
    1. Dress codes set the tone of the school as well as the school day appropriate attire keeps everyone focused.
    2. Dress codes teach us at a young age how to appropriately dress in certain environments.
    3. Dress codes provide structure and control which is what everyone needs if there were no rules, we’d wear whatever we want and there would be no formation.

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    I am in no form against dress codes and here is why:
    1. Dress codes set the tone of the school as well as the school day appropriate attire keeps ever…

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  • Clara from Wisconsin

    It is important to enforce dress codes to some extent in public schools. While some rules can become too extreme (such as the prohibition of religious expression or even the requirement of specific measurements for skirt lengths), students should be given standards in the way they dress. It is important for students to get used to the real workplace, where dress codes/standards do apply. Students don’t need to be taught in school how to express themselves freely through their dress, rather they need to be taught to dress appropriately in different situations so that they are ready for the real world, where they will need to make their own decisions regarding when it is appropriate to wear certain clothing. Because school is a preparation, essentially, for a future job, students must know how to dress appropriately by the time they graduate. Therefore, modesty and distraction issues aside, students should be held to a dress code in school so that they become accustomed to the standards they will be held to in the workplace.

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  • Ariel from Texas

    Having a dress code in public schools is necessary, because it promotes equality, safety and a sense of professionalism.

    Dress code can establish equality through every student wearing similar style(s) and color(s) to establish security on students. Now and then students become insecure on trying to get the latest trends to fit into school, but with a dress code they are able to not have their insecurities increase overtime. The students will see others wearing similar style(s) and color(s) and that will establish equality amongst the student body.

    Equality connects with safety due to the fact that the dress code will not promote insecurity and stealing. One way or another, there will be students who would try and conduct a “business” based on stealing from classmates if they have nicer items or clothing. What school does not have one or a few students who has a “business” like this? A school that contains a dress code, as well as strict rules. If each student has similar style(s) and color(s) for their dress code, then there would be no point on stealing, because everyone is already wearing the stye.

    School is meant to set you up for college and the real world with responsibilities, careers, bills, etc. Setting a dress code from the beginning shows that the students are able to create a thought that the careers that they strive for contain a dress code one way or another- this is professionalism. Professionalism is key in the world and having the best impression to never be forgotten. Having a dress code in a public school will create the students to start pushing themselves in a system that will set them up for success.

    Therefore, it is necessary for public schools to have a dress code. It establishes equality through less insecurities, as well as establishing safety so students will not get their items stolen or conduct a “business” based on stealing. Additionally, professionalism is key and gateway to success and starting a dress code from the start will get students there.

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  • Alexander from Illinois

    While people should be able to express themselves, certain standards should be maintained. Walking into school wearing a see-through halter top and leggings isn’t free expression, it’s just indecent.

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    • J from Pennsylvania

      Yes Joshua, but The Bible also says in 1 Timothy 2:9 “likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire” So we are commanded to wear modest clothing. While it states women, it would apply for men to. We are also to be: “Tit_3:1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,”.

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      Yes Joshua, but The Bible also says in 1 Timothy 2:9 “likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-c…

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    • Joshua from Pennsylvania

      Sam,
      What you express is a very progressive view; however, the Constitution is not progressive. And the Supreme Court has never supported what you say. In the case of Miller v. California (https://www.oyez.org/cases/1971/70-73), the Supreme Court put forward a three-part test for Obscene Speech, which is unprotected by the First Amendment. Obscenity is indeed illegal and not constitutionally protected.
      Also, if I may, I believe your argument is wrong in origin with regards to why immodesty is indecent. If one approaches this issue from the concept of an atheistic, evolutionary worldview, where everything is cause-and-effect, one would arrive where you do; immodesty is indecent because we’ve made it so through dress codes and the like. However, what is the end of this line of reasoning? There really isn’t an end. Everything becomes acceptable; how can you justify a dress code anywhere, at all? Why shouldn’t everyone just walk around without clothes? It could go much further, but the point is that once you remove the limit in one place, the hole in the dike becomes too much to stop.
      On the other hand, I approach this issue from the Christian worldview; I believe God created man and woman to be attracted to one another, particularly, it seems, the man to the woman. He also commanded modesty once sin was introduced and the attraction became perverted. Thus, there is an external authority that guides my thinking in this area. There are limits, and there is sanity. Morally, practically, the Bible makes sense. The sad part is that we ignore it, defy it, and sin against God, and for that we deserve death. God revealed his law to us; lust is sin, and we do it anyway. (Matthew 5:27-28) The amazing story of the Bible, however, is that Jesus, the Son of God, bore our sin to the Cross and shed his blood to cover us and be the atonement for our sin (Romans 5:6-9). If we but believe this, we will indeed be saved (Acts 16:31). It is this that has changed my life and compelled my reasoning; anyone who hears can partake. How can I be silent?

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      Sam,
      What you express is a very progressive view; however, the Constitution is not progressive. And the Supreme Court has never supported what you say…

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    • Sam from Indiana

      Is it truly indecent though? Or is it just thought to be due to the sexualization of teenage girls? Why is it that many schools prohibit leggings but let the males walk around with pants sagging below their thighs? While you may see something indecent in dressing for comfort, I believe it’s just an old-fashioned idea of modesty holding our world back.

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  • David from Connecticut

    They don’t need to be strict, but some decency should be enforced. Additionally, dress should show some respect for the school, teachers, and other students.

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  • Haylee from Oregon

    Their are people out their that are getting dress coded for seeing their tank top. Girls for school are being controlled like you can’t wear shorts that aren’t as long as your arms what about the people with really long arms

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  • Sean from New York

    No uniforms are unnecessary in public schools as students should have freedom to be comfortable in class which can also help the students focus more and be more productive.

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    • Nathan from California

      in reply to Elexie: Dress codes are not sexualized. and they are not discriminatory towards women. they are just easy to follow for men because the clothing men wear has always been the same. compare that to trends for women clothing which has constantly changed

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      in reply to Elexie: Dress codes are not sexualized. and they are not discriminatory towards women. they are just easy to follow for men because the cl…

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    • Bella from Texas

      dress codes are mostly aimed towards girks and im sick of it

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    • Elexie from Texas

      school dress codes are over sexualized because you will never see a guy get dress coded only girls get dress coded.

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  • Tanner from Minnesota

    Section 1 of Amendment XIV states that: “No state shall . . . deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of laws.” This means that males and females should have equal dress codes.

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    • Nathaniel from Tennessee

      Also, this debate is about dress codes in general, note equality. It would be very easy to make a dress code that says something like “Shorts must be fingertip length. Shirts must cover the stomach.” or similar, that would be gender neutral.

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      Also, this debate is about dress codes in general, note equality. It would be very easy to make a dress code that says something like “Shorts must be …

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    • J from Pennsylvania

      Tanner, missed part of the amendment there. That context is talking about the civil rights movement. The part about the “State”. This is not the state government. This is the government of our school system.

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      Tanner, missed part of the amendment there. That context is talking about the civil rights movement. The part about the “State”. This is not the st…

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  • Emily from Pennsylvania

    Life is full of distractions and school is supposed to prepare us for life. Therefore, school should prepare us for all distractions we may face.m

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    • Jonathan from Illinois

      But isn’t school also designed to provide the best learning environment possible? And, to do so, wouldn’t it make sense to provide dress codes that help all students to better focus on learning?

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  • Jake from North Carolina

    On a strictly constitutional level, strict dress codes (i.e. anything more than have clothing on your person / wear shorts and a shirt at least) are unnecessary and wrong. “Decency” is a relative concept and shouldn’t be forced on children who haven’t had the opportunity to find understanding in the word themselves. This inherently constricts a child’s capacity to self-express and also undermines the whole body of young people’s ability to change societal norms to find social progress. On a more utilitarian plane of thought, one may say that the purpose of dress code is to a) mitigate the effects of sexuality in school, b) create order among children, c) act in the interest of those who can’t afford nice clothing. In regard to contention a, dress codes work backwards to create a sexual undertone where none exists. Telling a girl she can’t wear skinny jeans or go to school with her shoulders uncovered inherently gives her thighs and shoulders sexual value in the eyes of young boys. The cycle repeats itself and the same sexual problems a dress code tries to defeat are perpetuated by it. In regards to contention b, should society work so hard to force kids to spend money on clothes they do not want in order to create a hive-mind? I do not believe our fore-fathers imagined a world in which we forced others to waste their money to stifle self-expression. Finally, in regards to contention c, dress codes often force children to spend more money on clothes, but even if it doesn’t, their are a ridiculous number of avenues with which schools or NGOs can provide inexpensive or free clothing to children (cheap/good clothing is more ubiquitous then ever). Using these would mitigate the impact of the third pro contention, but regardless, hurt feelings can be solved and shouldn’t be weighed over self-expression/money waste/the perpetuation of demeaning sexual understandings/natural societal change.

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    • Taylor from Pennsylvania

      I totally agree with you Jake. Some dress codes are incredibly strict and wrong. A girl should not have to go around thinking she can’t wear tight pants or have her shoulders exposed because it “gives her thighs and shoulders a sexual value”. This day an age females are getting identified as sexual objects whether it is directly, or through schools and the media indicating it. You bring up some great points in your post! However, I believe dress codes are necessary. Even though some can be very downgrading to girls, I went to a school that didn’t enforce the dress code they had. Girls walked around in very exposing outfits. Those outfits basically encouraged sexuality. Based off of my experiences, I came to the conclusion that dress codes are needed. Dress codes do not have to be the super strict and discouraging kind. Overall, I think dress codes are necessary. Your points are fantastic, though, and I can totally see where you are coming from. If I did not have that experience in my school, I would probably be thinking the same thing you are.

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      I totally agree with you Jake. Some dress codes are incredibly strict and wrong. A girl should not have to go around thinking she can’t wear tight pan…

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  • Becky from Florida

    No schools uniforms are not necessary because the students do not express there emotions in clothes. Also when it’s there birthday they want to where something good than a uniform.

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  • Lou from Oregon

    I think that kids should be able to wear what they want and not be forced to be wearing uniforms. Having no dress code will help kids express their individuality. Now adays girls are sexualized by theier shoulders and if we dont have a dress cosde then they are free to take a stand and fix that porblem. They really shouldnt have dress codes because America is a free country and that would take away part of our freedom and idividuality.

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  • v from Michigan

    it’s unfair that schools want us to dress in a particular way just to not get them distracted but is it really our fault that men can’t focus no it’s not we have the right to show people are style. and it’s impossible to find pieces of clothing that match the dress code also esspashaly when we all have a differnt length of hand arms and legs.

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  • sanaii from Connecticut

    there is no diffrence

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  • Izzy from North Carolina

    Dress code just makes you be late for the bus and then you get dress coded.

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  • Jacob from Alabama

    No, so give the people what they want!

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  • ian from Tennessee

    no because uniforms come in boring colors and you have to wear every day so one and so forth

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  • Marra from Iowa

    simply unnecessary

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  • Olivia from Illinois

    school dress codes are outdated. They don’t keep up with how kids dress in today’s society and they are partly unfair because kids should dress how they feel is appropriate for school.

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  • Emily from New Jersey

    Dress codes have no place in public schools because it violates the factor of equality in the Constitution. Dress codes are implemented in order to keep male students from being distracted from learning, but they are aimed at and restrict female students. As a result of dress code enforcement, girls are often missing class due to punishment. This creates an unfair environment because when schools restrict a female student’s dress, it can be interpreted that schools believe boys to have a higher right to education than girls. Therefore, dress codes promote inequality. All students should be able to receive equal opportunities in education and for a successful future.

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    Dress codes have no place in public schools because it violates the factor of equality in the Constitution. Dress codes are implemented in order to k…

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  • k from New Jersey

    freedom of expression

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    • Ethan from Idaho

      Freedom comes with a price

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  • Caitlyn from Texas

    I think that school dress codes are sexist towards women because, young men wear their pants down to their knees and if they get told to pull them up and as soon as they’re out of sight of the teacher they pull them back down. Where as with girls we’re forced to go change what we’re wearing or we have to go sit in ISS or have a parent bring us “appropriate” clothing. My dress code specifically says that we can’t wear Nike shorts which is absurd because we’re not wearing them to show off or anything we’re wearing them because its hot outside and/or we want to be comfortable. If schools are going to dress code one person they need to dress code everyone and alot of teachers excuses was “Oh I didn’t see that” or they just ignore it.

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  • Vincent from Connecticut

    I do not believe that schools should have dress codes. I saw something about a dress code where the dress had to at least be down to the girl’s knees, and the girl had the dress about an inch from the top of her knee. other than that, it was a really modest dress. plus, it’s not like school is a work environment. We should learn to not be distracted by others’ looks. We should also learn our limits for what we are willing to wear in public. I still say that there should be something prohibiting people from coming to school naked, but a crop top is not that big of a deal. Yeah, so what her belly is showing, It’s not like it’s her vagina. side note, a boy in my school actually came in with a crop top. it was funny, but it was also stupid that he got dress coded twice. That’s another thing: You can get dress coded twice in rapid succession. if you need to go to the office to call your parents to get you your sweatshirt, you run the risk of walking by another teacher who doesn’t know that you are heading to the office dress coding you again. it’s basically a trap set up by school staff so that you don’t wear things that show skin that isn’t sexual. They need to, instead of teaching girls that it is not okay to wear crop tops and short shorts, teach boys not to be distracted by girls. It’s the simple answers that nobody is willing to implement.
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  • Lily from Washington

    Dress codes mainly target girls and is unfair to girls while boys can wear whatever they want which is stupid. Girls are such a distraction when really we aren’t. The only time we would be distracting if a boy was into you. Dress codes are so sexist.

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  • Melina from Colorado

    its just that some people are being attacked just for “not wearing the right thing” to school.😢

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  • Saptarshi from Virginia

    Every student must feel comfortable with what he/she is wearing. Also, one’s attire showcases one’s personality, and students should be free to express that.

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  • Sammy from Alabama

    I personally am a student currently in high school, and was debating this with my friend, also in the same grade. Despite our numerous differences, we are both highly intelligent individuals and prominent athletes, yet she achieves stellar grades, while wearing practically little to no dress code, whilst I am constantly found in dress code, yet (sadly, painfully) achieve mediocre grades. This is without mention of the constant pains and restrictions entwined with student dress code, which are too numerous to list in a single comment. Point being, dress code has practically no effect on a students behaviour and is rather biased towards the image of the school, as to appear professional.

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  • Max from Alaska

    When I say no I mean don’t be dressing up like a street tramp. When I say no I mean a student shouldn’t be required to wear uniforms if they don’t want to, their can be suggestions to wearing the proper clothing to have a professional look to your self but their are all of the kinds o kids in school that do not care and this is wear my answer would change because of defiant children. All in all don’t wear clothes that showes your selfs as inappropriate.

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  • brooke from Utah

    we should teach boys to be appropriate then to shame girls

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  • Carson from Tennessee

    dress code body shames girls !! it makes them not want to come to school anymore!

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  • Morgan from Wisconsin

    No, I do not believe that school dress codes are necessary. While some people see new trends as “distracting”, and “unprofessional” we need to think of what we are trying to teach our kids of these days. We try to teach kids that being different is better than being the same, but by possibly giving them a uniform, that’s taking the message away.
    As well as the issue with uniforms, I also believe that dress codes are generally more pointed towards females, and as a female, I can attest to this generalization. Typically the thought behind dress codes is to not distract students, and I’ve witnessed girls being told that their clothes were distracting towards the guys. In my opinion, we should be teaching our young males to accept what females are, and how to control their urges of all kinds. Also, not to sexualize women into objects.

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  • Haylee from Kansas

    School dress codes are outdated, they were first established in 1989 when the Supreme Court ruled them legal and they have been enforced ever sense without much reasoning. By allowing the continuation of dress codes we effectively teach students that their clothing is more important than their education, we also enforce gender norms by telling students how to identify because of their clothing. Schools should allow students to express themselves in any way that they feel because it is proven when a person feels comfortable in their own skin or in this case attire they will drive in school.

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  • Zackary from Iowa

    Dress codes should not be permitted at schools because being forced to do something you don’t want to do is fun for anyone. It would lead to more depression and make students not want to go to school even more.

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  • Aleko from Minnesota

    Schools should also have certain restrictions on inappropriate or vulgar clothing. However, I have never seen any disruptions of education as a result of clothing

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  • Tate from Louisiana

    I believe people should be able to wear what they want, but schools should also have certain restrictions on inappropriate or vulgar clothing.

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  • Aidan from New York

    People will always torment and distract one another no matter what they wear.

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  • Jake from Wisconsin

    Dress code takes away a big freedom we the students have and it would just act as a cause for more rebellion and defiance by us.

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  • chanel from New York

    it shouldnt be necessary because its a waste of money, there is no point to it because everyone is different you shouldnt be making them all uniform. students dress differently as you can see because its who they are, everyone is gonna be dressed differently and if you take that away then youre taking their personality away.

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  • Annika from Ohio

    I don’t think that public schools should require a dress code for students. I understand the point that a dress code can promote a sense of security and also keeps some students from distracting so they can focus more on studying. But to be honest, how many schools already have a dress code that for example doesn’t allow holes in pants or shirts that show the stomach. And how many students actually follow this dress code now days? I don’t think that dress codes are necessary, I feel like they hinder creative expression in students. Dress code suspensions also can take focus away from the actual education. Overall I can say that dress codes might seem like a good idea, but are hard to make true especially in our society now where people dress and look so various.

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  • Victoria from New Jersey

    At my high school, we have uniform to wear at school, but not all obliged. Students go out of their way to wear clothes that express themselves, which is not wrong, but they go against code all the time and they never get into trouble. We the students, even wear hoodies or sweaters over our uniform and it’s not a big deal, but it show we are diverse and have an amount of expression to show. It doesn’t matter that students wear different clothes, because we don’t actually care about that. We believe in freedom and as long we are ourselves, dress codes don’t matter.

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    • J from Pennsylvania

      The Bible has dress codes, isn’t that important as our founders believed in the Bible? 1st Timothy 2:9 says: “I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes,” Paul is implementing a modest dress code. We are also to obey our superiors: Obey Those in Authority
      Romans 13:1 “All of you must obey those who rule over you. There are no authorities except the ones God has chosen. Those who now rule have been chosen by God.” These people have been chosen to rule over us, therefore, we should follow them and obey our dress codes.

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  • Amanda from Virginia

    One of the purposes of a dress code is to prevent students from being too distracted and have their learning environments disrupted, yet female students constantly have their education interrupted for something as silly as having a shoulder exposed.

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    • Nathaniel from Tennessee

      If a student is disruptive in class and gets suspended, if they threaten a teacher and get suspended, or if they bring a weapon to school; causing a two hour lockdown while authorities look for it, and they get kicked out of school, their education is interrupted. So? they broke rules that they knew existed and could have complied with, but chose not to. So, they should have consequences. The same goes for dress codes. You should not indict the system [dress codes] because some people don’t follow it – you should indict the people who do not follow it.

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  • Khalib from Missouri

    I don’t believe a dress code is necessary for schools, however I do believe in modesty. We shouldn’t be required to wear certain clothes, however we should have limits to what we can wear.

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  • D.M.R from Illinois

    I think there shouldn’t be dress codes in schools because then people have to buy expensive clothes that no kid should need, and as long as the pants or shirts us kids wear are age approprite, then it should be fine.

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    • Nathaniel from Tennessee

      First of all. the topic is “Dress codes”, not “School Uniforms”. Dress codes are usually just rules that say what is or isn’t “appropriate”. Your comment actually supports a “yes” response.
      However, having very strict dress codes, like school uniforms, can actually help low-income families, because families won’t have as much pressure to buy lots of expensive designer clothing to wear to school and “be cool”, as everyone is wearing the same outfit.

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      First of all. the topic is “Dress codes”, not “School Uniforms”. Dress codes are usually just rules that say what is or isn’t “appropriate”. Your comm…

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  • billy from Alaska

    Dress codes are ridiculous students should be able to dress how they want.

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  • Dustin from Illinois

    no, because really dress code isn’t that big of a deal. it sort of is because people come there to learn, instead they are being sort of distracted. there is also the trend to wear sweatshirts during school, so i think that measures it out in equality of dress code.

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    no, because really dress code isn’t that big of a deal. it sort of is because people come there to learn, instead they are being sort of distracted. t…

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  • Nathan from Missouri

    I feel that schools should not have dress codes because it is people’s right to be able to express themselves with what they wear and people should not be able to make them wear something

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    • charles from Maryland

      right

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    • Nathaniel from Tennessee

      School is for learning. Learning should come first. Things that distract from learning should be reduced if possible. Students are not allowed to bring their dogs to school or to play video games during class, because those are distracting. So, if a boy wears a minimalist tank top or a girl wears a revealing dress, it is a distraction, and thus it should be avoided if possible. The free expression argument is not valid because it forgets the context of school. Allowing all free speech and expression would mean that the school would have to allow passing notes or allow students to disrupt class by interrupting the teacher. But, obviously, that is not allowed, because it distracts from learning.

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      School is for learning. Learning should come first. Things that distract from learning should be reduced if possible. Students are not allowed to brin…

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  • owen from Missouri

    I think that schools should still have the basic dress code but they should not be as strict.

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    • Nathaniel from Tennessee

      If you are in favor of dress codes, why di you vote “no”? This is not a debate about the strictness of dress codes but about the necessity of their existence.

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  • Ava from Missouri

    I think schools should not have dress codes because students need to let their personalities show and dress codes hold them back from showing who they truly are.

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  • Kaylee from Missouri

    Dress codes should not be set in place because they restrict the rights of a student, as well as the ability for him/her to be their own person. Also, dress codes can be extremely costly, and might be unavailable for some.

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    • Nathaniel from Tennessee

      The free speech argument is not valid because it forgets the context of school. Allowing all free speech would mean that the school would have to allow passing notes or allow students to disrupt class by interrupting the teacher. But, obviously, that is not allowed, because it distracts from learning.
      Also, having very strict dress codes, like school uniforms, can actually help low-income families, because kids won’t have as much pressure to buy expensive designer clothing to wear to school and “be cool”, as everyone is wearing the same thing.

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  • Elisa from Missouri

    Dress codes in public schools are not necessary for student learners. First, when dress code is applied to everyday life in a school environment students creative expression drops and hinders. Second, school dress codes can be very costly to parents and families when buying clothes according to the school. Third, students could be comparing each other and seeing who wore their clothes better. In the end, school dress code or not, students are better off learning on their own how to dress correctly and have freedom to express themselves without dress code.

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    • Nathaniel from Tennessee

      This is a debate about dress codes, not school uniforms. Dress codes generally just determine what is appropriate and what isn’t.
      Also, school uniforms can actually help low-income families, because kids won’t have as much pressure to buy expensive designer clothing to wear to school and “be cool”, as everyone is wearing the same thing.

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      This is a debate about dress codes, not school uniforms. Dress codes generally just determine what is appropriate and what isn’t.
      Also, school unifor…

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  • Abby from Missouri

    Dress codes are not necessary when used in schools. Kids should have the freedom and use their creativity when it comes to their clothing. The girls and guys dress codes are pretty different. Girls can not wear shorts below their fingertips and can not wear spaghetti strap tank tops. I know most of the arguments here are because the exposed skin “distracts others”. If a women’s shoulders are that distracting maybe it would be an even better idea to talk to the boys about why objectifying people is wrong.

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    Dress codes are not necessary when used in schools. Kids should have the freedom and use their creativity when it comes to their clothing. The girls a…

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  • Jenna from Missouri

    I think schools do not need dress codes. They do not provide an accurate representation of the workforce because some work places do not care about what you where but what you do. Dress codes also restrict students abilities to outwardly express themselves.

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    I think schools do not need dress codes. They do not provide an accurate representation of the workforce because some work places do not care about wh…

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  • tristan from Missouri

    Dress codes are just taking away from a students freedom and that can make some students and parents mad because this is America and we are a free country. Dress codes will take away from that freedom. Students wear clothes to express their personality or how they feel that day.

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  • Saylor from Missouri

    I think having dress codes are important, but I do not think that we should have them and kids should be allowed to wear what they want. For example, sometimes kids might want to wear something that expresses their personality, but can’t because of the dress codes. Also, dress codes hold kids back from expressing themselves.

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    I think having dress codes are important, but I do not think that we should have them and kids should be allowed to wear what they want. For example, …

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    • Amanda from Virginia

      Dress codes limit students from expressing themselves while forcing them to dress as some other identity just to satisfy a set of parameters that interrupts their experience when its forced upon them.

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      Dress codes limit students from expressing themselves while forcing them to dress as some other identity just to satisfy a set of parameters that inte…

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  • Kylie from Missouri

    No, dress codes shouldn’t be necessary in public schools because people don’t need to be told how to dress and have the rights to free expression. Work places careless about how you dress and more about how you work, schools should do that too.

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    No, dress codes shouldn’t be necessary in public schools because people don’t need to be told how to dress and have the rights to free expression. Wor…

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  • Taylor from Missouri

    I think dress codes are not necessary because students need the opportunity to embrace themselves, to be their own person. Dress codes take the right away from students to dress how they want. Schools should not have to focus on what students are wearing, they should be moe concerned about the student’s academics and teaching them.

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    I think dress codes are not necessary because students need the opportunity to embrace themselves, to be their own person. Dress codes take the right …

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  • Michael from Missouri

    Dress codes are not necessary for public schools because students want to wear clothing that individualizes themselves. Students don’t want to wear uniforms and look like everyone else.

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    Dress codes are not necessary for public schools because students want to wear clothing that individualizes themselves. Students don’t want to wear un…

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  • Ian from Missouri

    Dress codes are definitely a bad idea. Students should have the freedom to dress however they like. A few restrictions could do some good but a school uniform is way too controlling.

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    Dress codes are definitely a bad idea. Students should have the freedom to dress however they like. A few restrictions could do some good but a school…

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  • Charlie from Missouri

    I think that dress codes should not be in schools because it takes the personality away from the kids and it makes the students look all dull and boring . Also it would be a pain to have to wash your clothes everyday and people might not be able to do that.

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  • Ella from Missouri

    I highly disagree that dress codes are necessary. It is not necessary to have dress codes. Teens especially need to express themselves. School uniforms can prohibit a student from identifying with their own style and individuality. I like to dress according to how I feel on that day, for example, today I am wearing leggings and a t-shirt because it’s rainy and I want to feel comfortable. Some school uniforms are not comfortable and it makes it harder to learn in that un-comfortability.

    School uniforms can be expensive. Some students just don’t have enough money to get new school uniforms as they’re growing! I know I grow fast and a lot at a time, so it would be expensive to get new uniforms yearly. On top of that, I agree that school uniforms would be easier in the way that you already have your outfit picked out so it’s not really a hassle, but not all kids want to wear the same colors to school every single day!
    Many teens agree that dress codes are more singled out to the female students. Girls are more singled out in the way that girls wear leggings, shorts, v-neck shirts, and short dresses to school sometimes. In a dress code, those would be prohibited. To conclude, I do not agree with dress codes at all!

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    I highly disagree that dress codes are necessary. It is not necessary to have dress codes. Teens especially need to express themselves. School uniform…

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  • Lauren from Missouri

    Dress codes at schools are not necessary. The purpose of school is to prepare us for the world of work, and in the world of work, people choose what they would like to wear for the day. Everyday people wake up and are able to pick out their own clothes for the day, so it should be the same in schools. Comfort is another reason why there should not be dress codes. Students learn better when they are comfortable, and relaxed. The students are able to focus on school, rather than what they are wearing. This helps the students to be more independent and develop themselves individually. Students will be better prepared for life after school. Therefore, dress codes have no place in schools.

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  • David from Missouri

    I think that dress codes are not necessary to a limit. I feel students should have the freedom to wear what they want and let there personalities show.

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  • Jordan from Missouri

    Having school uniforms at every school would be hard on students as well as parents. Students would have no way of individualizing themselves, and parents would have to spend their money on expensive uniforms.

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    Having school uniforms at every school would be hard on students as well as parents. Students would have no way of individualizing themselves, and par…

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  • Nathan from Missouri

    When a student is restricted in what he/she can wear, it takes away their personality. They wear what they wear to show who they are. If they wear bright vibrant colors, they are most likely happy or excited when they might be sad or depressed if wearing dark colors but it may not even be that! Some children choose what they wear because they like it. They should not force kids to wear a uniform if they don’t want, and why make them buy a new uniform when they already have clothes they already have. Now taking into consideration that some kids may not have nice clothes, instead of forcing them to wear a uniform hold a clothes drive for kids who do need clothes.

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    When a student is restricted in what he/she can wear, it takes away their personality. They wear what they wear to show who they are. If they wear bri…

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  • Emily from Rhode Island

    People express themselves through their clothes. In high school, it can be hard to find people sharing similar interests, but what people wear can show what they are into. Also, it makes shopping very difficult, especially in warm weather where most stores sell very short shorts, and it is hard to find clothes that meet dress code.

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  • lesireia from Arkansas

    I don´t think its necessary

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  • brandon from Arkansas

    i dont like it

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  • Ana from Arizona

    Strict dress codes limit students from comfort and ability for expression. To take away those can limit the academic activity of a student. A “distraction” is not someone’s body or hair, a distraction is student being forced to change what they are comfortable with, and being unable to concentrate in class. It is understandable that some materials may require removal from the school system, but clothing and the color of one’s hair should not even be a though to school districts, schools, and students; to limit a student in any way can only hold them back, both mentally, and academically

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    Strict dress codes limit students from comfort and ability for expression. To take away those can limit the academic activity of a student. A “distrac…

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  • Sam from Indiana

    Dress codes are arcane in today’s modern lifestyle. Girls aren’t allowed to wear many types of pants for fear of “Distracting” the boys. Why is it that boys get to wear sagged pants and tighter clothing without the fear of being over-sexualized? I believe that both boys and girls should dress for comfort to provide the most pleasurable learning experience for everyone.
    I do see the other side too. Some believe that it makes school safer. That logic however is harmful to everyone. We as a people cannot change our views unless there are some who push for change! So we need to get rid of our sexual views on teenagers and focus on the academics. So what if her shirt is low cut? It’s not as though she is nude. I do believe that profanity and sexual references on clothing is inappropriate, but that should be the extent of the dress code.

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  • Caylor from Ohio

    I think personally that having a dress code so strict is horrible. You need to have a dress code so that you don’t have people walking around naked. However if you have a dress code this strict (mostly against girls) it teaches people (mostly boys) that it is ok to sexualize the human body.

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    I think personally that having a dress code so strict is horrible. You need to have a dress code so that you don’t have people walking around naked. H…

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  • Heather from Oklahoma

    If schools force a dress code, it should forced on everyone and not just girls. I do believe in a dress code, but this dress code should apply to everyone. Discrimination against girls is wrong, why should we be punished for what the boys think is a distraction? How are boys turned on by a shoulder,knee, etc. If that is the case then, girls should be turned on by the knees and the shoulders of their fellow male class mates. I am a high student, when it is hot I am not going to want to wear sweats that covers my legs nor a sweatshirt that covers my torso. I am going to want to wear shorts and short sleeve shirt, but boys fine that distracting. I can’t look cute for pictures because what I wear might be distracting.

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    If schools force a dress code, it should forced on everyone and not just girls. I do believe in a dress code, but this dress code should apply to ever…

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  • daniela from Texas

    Dress code is aimed more towards females than males and it provides a sense of discrimination for females. they are constantly being called out for minor details about their clothing. at my school, a girl cannot wear torn jeans, spaghetti straps, etc., but a guy can wear a shirt with a half naked model and no one bats an eye. dress code is unfair and does not take away any form of “distractions”

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    Dress code is aimed more towards females than males and it provides a sense of discrimination for females. they are constantly being called out for mi…

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    • c from Washington

      it’s not discrimination its how a lot of women show way too much and men aren’t sexualizing what they wear, therefore it gets to be distracting as a guy

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