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Students should be required to wear school uniforms.


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Round 1
School: An institution for the instruction of children or people under college age.
Uniform: Always the same, as in character or degree.
For many students, clothing can be a major source of stress. Not having certain brand name clothing or not wearing fashionable items could lead to feelings of insecurity.  [source]
1) Students can focus better in school with the help of UNIFORM rather than focusing on expensive brand clothing of others.

Additionally, assault with a deadly weapon decreased by 50%, fighting incidents declined 51%, and sex offenses dropped by 74%. Possession of weapons dropped by 52%, possession of drugs went down 69%, and vandalism was lowered by 18%. [source]
2) School Uniforms enhances sense of equality among students.
When students all wear the same clothing every day at school, it levels out the playing field. Any expectations on what to wear are removed and children develop a greater sense of equality. [source]
3) Prepares students for formal scenarios that have to be encountered in their lives.
School uniforms prepare children for formal scenarios that we all encounter in our lives. Depending on the situation, we’re expected to dress and look a certain way. Job interviews are a good example. Dressing professionally in working environments is expected in adulthood, and this is something your child will understand thanks to a school uniform. [source]
4) School uniforms are generally cheaper than other formal/non-formal wears which are available in market. Additionally, school uniforms saves a very precious element for students, time.
  1. School uniforms make it easier on families to shop for school clothes. Uniforms are usually cheaper than other clothing and not having to decide what to wear saves time. [source]
(I personally believe that school uniforms are the very spirit of schools and have got many advantages which help students to build discipline which is very essential for a bright future.)
5) Reduced opportunities for intruders.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for third parties to enter public places, like schools, and commit acts of violence. While no school can protect itself 100 percent from such incidents, mandating a uniform policy can make it easier for faculty and school security to identify intruders, according to the Department of Education. Anyone not wearing a uniform will stand out from the crowd and can be questioned, removed or otherwise dealt with more quickly, as blending in with the students is not possible. [source]

That's it for my first argument. Thank you.

The working world doesnt do uniforms often, most careers require workers to know how to dress well. So formal without uniform is a much better school policy.

I will do rebuttals next Round.
Round 2
Pro's entire thesis is defeated in formal dress code but not a uniform scenario.
Round 3

Pro's entire thesis is defeated in formal dress code but not a uniform scenario.
Actually thesis is made by con here by not providing any evidences regarding disadvantages of uniforms.  And I personally believe that uniforms do bring formality among students.

"School uniforms encourage students to learn the importance of dressing for success and are thought to contribute in a positive way to their attitude and behaviour in school.
As they develop an association between their uniform and learning, simply putting on their uniform helps a child get into the right mindset, preparing them for a day of working hard and focusing. "

I'll put forward some more points to make my point clear about school uniforms.

In America, where a majority of schools do not have a uniform, roughly 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. This might not be directly linked to what they’re wearing, but having a uniform can be a safety net for many students who might otherwise suffer from bullying. A strict uniform gives the impression that rules are strict too, perhaps helping maintain a sense of order at school. [source]
->Another report shows the similar data.
School uniforms helps to reduce these kind of cases in schools which is a very positive side of uniforms. 

School uniform teaches children discipline.
It's one reason because of armies of nations use uniforms

School uniforms make excellent hand me downs.
Another big advantage of school uniforms is that they can be worn by any young sibling,  cousin or neighbour of yours.

A child can easily fit in easily.
If a child feels like they don’t fit in, or they don’t have the latest and best clothing, it can be damaging to their confidence. A lack of confidence can be one of the most significant barriers to academic growth. Introducing a school uniform removes this possibility, meaning your child has less to worry about and more reason to be confident in class.

Removes Biasness of a teacher.
By chance if a teacher is biased towards a group of well dressed children school uniform can help to eliminate these kind of behaviors.

That's it. Thanks RM for a fun debate I am looking forward for another fun topic, hope to see you again.
Pro has decided to bring a few brand new points in the last Round.

I am forced to reply with brand new rebuttals.

Let's be clear on where I agree with Pro.

I agree that school should structure the policy of clothing around what will best guide the average student to flourish in their later lines of work.

Only the lower end of the job spectrum has a true uniform, generally speaking. Beyond that, most jobs where education pays off to get you, require something like formal wear that you choose yourself.

This would be a balance where they are allowed all the benefits of free expression etc and none of the drawbacks of not all races, body types, personality types etc suiting the strict uniform code.