As more and more public schools begin changing their dress code,
many often require that students dress in uniforms. This often
controversial topic has been debated, and now the subject will
encounter some children in the Carmel Clay School district.
The way students choose to dress is one of the most
important ways of expressing their personalities. Others can make
certain assumptions based on what people wear, including what their
music tastes are or what their ideas on politics are.
this reason, many courts have kept with the constitutional right to
privacy, which is implied by First Amendment. This guarantees the
freedom of expression and protects our right to express ourselves
through clothing and hairstyles.
Questions to ask
According to the
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), some public schools are
considering adopting a required school wardrobe to promote school
discipline and spirit. Some states, such as California, now have
laws that permit schools to require students to wear uniforms.
However, this brings up two questions. The first is whether
a rule requiring a student to purchase a uniform violates the
student’s right to a free education. If a required school wardrobe
is provided to students who cannot afford to buy one, that problem
The other question is whether requiring a uniform
violates the right to free expression. School officials would find
it hard to prove that the failure of a student to wear a demanded
school dress would present a danger or disruption.
has yet ruled whether school-uniform regulations are constitutional,
according to the ACLU. A California law contains a provision
allowing parents to decide that their children do not have to wear
required school dress. A law including this factor is more likely to
be constitutional than one that does not. On the other hand, it may
also undermine claims of school officials that the law is needed to
However, school uniforms eliminate the
distractions of designer clothes. They also could create an
environment in which students will be judged on personality rather
than fashion sense. Indeed, many questions have been debated
regarding school uniforms and dress codes, but switching to uniforms
may limit one of students’ most important ways of expressing