School Uniforms are a Privilege

John Seed, known as the Father, preaching to his followers. Photo Credit: Chloee Toro

By Miguel Diaz ’17

I started high school with new clothes that I recently bought. However, these clothes are not those latest fashion clothes. They are simple khaki pants and polo shirts. Even though I did not like these clothes, I felt more secure due to that all other students are wearing the same thing. I felt like a man that is ready to learn and don’t have to worry how I wear. That’s the purpose of Pritzker college Prep. I was to only focus on my studies. My uniform help me not be distracted by any clothing.

Students might not like the idea of having school uniforms. The clothes may not be in style or are too boring to wear. But, uniforms are a step into becoming a responsible adult.

As Bill Clinton said in a speech “School uniforms are one step that may help break the cycle of violence, truancy and disorder by helping young students understand what really counts is what kind of people they are.” Uniforms helps reduce the amount of peer pressure and bullying a school will have. A survey that was given to the Pritzker class of 2017 have only less than 5% of students have experienced bullying. These clothes do have an impact of how students will treat each other and will bring the kindness to people.

Besides the responsibility and decrease in violence, a school’s purpose for uniform policies is to let students focus more on their studies. According to business insider, Comparing United States in the math and science departments to other countries in the world, the United States is ranked 28. In fourth place is Japan. In Japan, nearly all public schools require school uniforms compared to United States that only have 20% of schools. Pritzker is the part of that 20%, and we are doing well as a school.

School uniforms might not be what all students are looking forward to, but it helps to become a successful student. That is the Pritzker’s goal.