Topic: Wearing a school uniform should be mandatory or optional for students?
Schools are the sacred temples which play critical role in building a better society. Students of today will be the youth of tomorrow. Their behavior, attitude and technical knowledge are the key factors which drive them in the right direction to build a better society, to live in harmony with fellow citizens and to respect other’s customs and values. Consequently people who possess these virtues make this world a better place to live. Schools are the best places to instill these characters in children and to make them better individuals of tomorrow. A school’s responsibility lies not only in imparting knowledge to the students but also in inculcating the essence of ‘unity’ and discipline in their immature and nascent minds. By mandating all the students to wear a uniform, schools can not only illustrate the sense of unity and equality to them but also bring discipline in their lives.
At a time when the whole world is divided on the lines of religion, region and ethnicities, understanding the essence of ‘unity’ is more important now than never before. Generally, students from different religions and ethnicities join a school. There may be economic disparities among the families of students. By making a uniform mandatory, schools convey a message to all their students that: irrespective of their color, creed, religion and ethnicity, all students are treated equally and given same importance. By doing so, schools can let their students focus on their studies rather than on social divisions.
Unity in a team makes it more strong and potent. By wearing similar clothes, members of a team can not only identify their teammates but also they can help each other to progress further. This is why every team participating in a game or sport has a common uniform. Similarly, uniform brings unity among students. They feel that their goal is common: acquiring knowledge by helping each other.
Through a mandatory uniform, schools can make their students to be more disciplined and ordered rather than wayward and arrogant. Irrespective of their personal preferences, students have to stick to the rules and regulations of their school. It clearly signifies and underscores a fact that although freedom is good in many ways, abiding to certain laws of the society is paramount.
Some of us may argue that by making it mandatory for all students to wear a uniform, we are depriving their basic constitutional right of freedom. However, with their juvenile thinking and immature minds, students need guidance and help of their schools. At such an early age, students may not be able to understand the true essence of freedom. So rather than giving too much freedom, students should be educated on the importance of all the above discussed virtues. Mandating a uniform in school is one of the best and most realistic approaches to do so.
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