Starting The Year With Uniforms

1 decade 10 months 5 hours ago Monday, September 17 2007 Sep 17, 2007 Monday, September 17, 2007 3:47:37 AM CDT September 17, 2007 in News

This year, Helias High School has joined the uniform movement by requiring students to wear them to school.

However, a new study by University of Missouri sociologist David Brunsma finds that school uniforms are not effective in raising academic achievement or curbing violence.

"In fact, I've been able to find in several studies that have replicated themselves, been able to find small but significant negative effects on academic achievement," Brunsma said.

In an earlier book, Brunsma evaluated K-12 students based on age, gender, education, socioeconomic status, type of school, and student body characteristics. He found no statistical differences between students who wore uniforms and those who didn't.

"It seems like a quick and easy fix," Brunsma said of school uniform policies. "It sits nicely in our heads. This idea of uniformity."

Still, Helias President Didier Aur said the results of the new school uniform policy are encouraging.

"They look great. They look sharp," Aur said. "They're coming to work. They're showing up with their friends and having a good time. Working."

Nearly one-fourth of all public schools in the nation require students to wear uniforms, and that number is increasing.

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