Mock Essay of Modest Proposal

AP Language & Composition
October, 2007

Modest Proposal for ‘Nude Uniform’
It is a frightful and dark era where schools today aren't in the best condition. When one passes by the halls, there is teasing, violence, discrimination, cliques, and poverty. As a solution, many schools have considered implementing school uniforms to improve discipline, safety or the social environment for students. However, there is much to say about how having mandatory school uniforms will help these problems. My question is, are mandatory school uniforms are the practical and legitimate solvent?
If we want students to grow into critical thinkers and ethical people, then we have to aim higher than mere conformity. Students, after all, learn how to make good decisions by making decisions, not by following directions. If we want them to take responsibility for their behavior, then we have to give them responsibilities; we have to join them in asking “What kind of school do we want to create? What aspect do we need to develop for the convenience of academy work for students?” If T-shirts contain slogans that offend us, or gang colors threaten to be inflammatory, school administrators might invite students to participate in analyzing the problem and constructing a solution. Apart from being more respectful, this approach is also more effective over the long run (and better preparation for life in a democratic society), than issuing a decree (“Wear this”).
As for me, having worn five different school uniforms for more than six years, and cautiously weighted the pros and cons of these mandatory garments, address the following problematic disturbing issues.
Waste of megabucks. A greaser with a loaded family would want a tailor-made school uniform that’s made of dragon skin, and phoenix quilt. The school aims to eliminate possible social and economic gap by unifying the clothing? Without a doubt! It would certainly be an interesting scene to see where the snob pats his $5000 silk...