Approximately 18 percent of public schools required students to wear school uniforms in the 2007-08 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Supporters of school uniforms argue that uniforms help students concentrate on schoolwork and reduce peer pressure, theft, gang activity and violence. However, there are several arguments against school uniforms.
School uniforms discourage creative, adaptive thinking. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)
School uniform are an added expense. (David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images)
Uniforms can be seen to help students know how to dress professionally. (DAJ/amana images/Getty Images)
Real problems are still an issue with school uniforms. (Hongqi Zhang/iStock/Getty Images)
School uniforms do not support self expression. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)