Writing an Argumentative Essay on School Uniforms
People have strong opinions on both sides of the issue when it comes to the topic of school uniforms. With valid arguments for and against uniforms, you will have to decide which side is more conducive to a healthy school environment and productive and contented students.
As with all argumentative essays, you are attempting to explore an issue from both viewpoints, but to ultimately prove that one position is stronger than the other. You will choose a stance and express a thesis statement, refute counterarguments, and use evidence in support of your position, encouraging your reader to develop the same view.
Let’s explore the pros and cons of school uniforms to help you decide which position you want to take and which points you will use to strengthen your stance.
Arguments for school uniforms:
- Equality and a level playing field for all students, regardless of income or status.
- Focus on learning with the removal of unnecessary distractions.
- Less bullying and shallow competition.
- Enhanced sense of school spirit and community.
- Convenience for parents, as well as students.
- Teach children to be professional and follow a dress code.
- Less expensive and more durable than regular clothes.
- Help to limit inappropriate dress and remove the need for extensive monitoring.
- Promote safety and security because students are easily identified.
Arguments against school uniforms:
- Take away individuality and freedom of expression.
- Uniforms don’t actually solve bullying issues or violence – people will find something else.
- Cliques will still be formed and hierarchy, popularity and status will still exist.
- Doesn’t encourage diversity or creativity.
- Can diminish students’ comfort levels at school.
- Could encourage or exacerbate rivalry between schools.
- Undesirable forms of self-expression and rebelliousness could be heightened.
Preparing to write your essay
- When preparing to write your essay, the first thing to do is to research the topic thoroughly, asking yourself questions, and attempting to resolve conflicts and answer questions.
- Read opinion pieces and essays on the subject of school uniforms and form a well-rounded opinion taking all viewpoints into account.
- Decide on the stance you are going to take, and use the questions, answers and conflicts to build an outline of your essay. Come up with evidence you will use to back up your points.
- Interview school administrators, parents, and children to gain unique insight into the subject.
When writing the essay, you should investigate the issue in a balanced and fair way, while promoting your position using evidence in its favor.