I,as a student representing many other students of the Birmingham City School System thinks that the Uniform Dress Policy, is irrelevant to getting our education ,as well as our attendance at school.Why should it matter whether or not we have on the right color shoes,socks,shirts,or pants As long as we come to school with the right mindset, which is getting our education.I understand that the main reasons for the dress code were to eliminate gang violence and to make students feel equal, but as a student and being around my peers everyday I realize and KNOW that there isn't gang wars going on in Birmingham, Alabama any more. The violence now derives from personal issues with one another and representation of each others neighborhoods. We as teenagers do not walk around wearing the names of our neighborhoods on our clothing.So why should we where a uniform I also understand that the Birmingham Board of Education wants us to dress alike so that we can be equal in the way that teenagers who are less fotunate won't feel bad if there is someone who has on more expensive clothes than they do. Actually this reason, is still not a valid reason of why we should be in uniform, because we still can tell who has on more expensive clothes that the next student. For example there are students that where polo shirts by Ralph Lauren versus students that where polo shirts by Walmart, there are studets that where Nike versus students that where non name brand shoes. Also school should prepare us for life,and in reality there are the "haves"and the "have nots". Wealthy people that wear expensive clothing and drive nice cars aren't going to start walking everywhere they go or wear dirty clothes because they want homeless people to feel comfortable within our society.So again why should we wear a uniform The very last statement out of the things that we are not allowed to wear to school states ANYTHING ELSE THE PRINCIPAL OR DESIGNEE DEEMS INAPPROPIATE OR DISRUPTIVE OF THE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT.Which is basically saying that by us being out of uniform, it is taking away from us getting our education. Which I also disagree with. I have been in a school where I didn't have to wear a uniform and students there, as well as myself, did not get distracted by what other students had on, while in class, unless they had ADD or ADHD.I just think that the Birmingham Board of Education should at least give us a chance to wear our regular clothes and show them that we can still get our education and be good students without wearing a uniform.
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