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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCB26H3
Professor
Julian Tanner
Semester
Summer

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SOCB26- April, 3, 2012 LECTURE 11 Things we would’ve taken for granted, but since Columbine shooting there has been an increased concern about school safety and awareness for schools. Rampage school shootings don’t often take place; school is still a relatively safe place in comparison to streets or neighbourhoods  School uniforms? - Prof thinks school uniforms are not good, he had to wear one for 6 years at boarding school - (back in the day): justified for egalitarian reasons - If kids could wear what they like, it would lead to status struggles, requiring everyone to wear the same thing keeps the playing field level (a way of preventing status claims by a kid wearing an expensive brand of clothes) - Present era: instrument of social control (allows educational administrators): identifying outside in local gang members, in schools; law and order reasons - Improves school climate? Making more positive ethos has a positive effect on school attainment, and would encourage school pride - Making school’s safer article: Promising early findings from Long Beach California The school board there introduced mandatory school uniforms for elementary to high school students, mid 1990’s crime reductive nature of school uniforms: later research caused further doubt - Didn’t positively affect, smoking, school attendance and also found the uniform policy seemed to negatively affect academic attainment - Prof suggests, maybe school uniforms in this area failed b/c students didn’t like the policies, and actually weakened their overall commitment (resistance from students and parents in the long beach area) - Initially, early evidence seemed
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