Friday, April 9, 2010

-- Editorial Cartoon -- School uniform Cartoons posted on enable readers to look at the different effects they may have on poeple everywhere.Editorial Cartoonist Bill Proud created this cartoon about school uniforms and how having them would stop or put a limit on gangs or other unwanted clubs within the school corporations. Wearing clothing that covers one's face and hides their identity from others may become dangerous in numerous situations.

Proud, Bill. "School Uniform Cartoon." Web. 9 Apr. 2010. Web.


  1. Upon veiwing this editorial cartoon drawn by Bill Proud. Proud makes a good point about the restrictions on gang symbols and unwanted or vulgar clothing. However, one can take a different approach. When Proud writes, "...Because, wearing a veil makes communication difficult!," immediately one can think of the different cultures in the middle east where women wear a veil to conceal their face.(Proud) With the increasing culture diversity within the United States, there is no doubt that such women live and attend schools here in America. With this cartoon once can argue, school uniforms, can by extension be violating ones writes to freedom of Religion. If this veil is a way to portray and follow ones religion, wouldnt school uniforms and regulations be in a way unconstitutional? There has been cases far more far fetched than my claim that have gone through the supreme court and passed. For example Wisconsin v. Yoder now allows the Almish children to drop out of school at the age of thirteen and not have to continue schooling, all because of religion. Therefore, can one argue the rules and stipulations set forth by the schools of uncovered faces and uniformity, is not only stifling individuality, but can also be violating our rights as Americans?

  2. Jennifer, Every American has their rights, and they have the chance to uphold and require the use of them. I agree with you that enforcing uniforms in schools is unconstitutional when you point out the religious aspect. It violates their right to the First Amendment in the Constitution; however, not everyone believes and interprets the constitution in the same point of view. As you have stated, Amish children are allowed to drop out of school at a fairly young age. The Supreme Court had ruled that to be acceptable for their situation, but other people’s situations differ greatly. If one yelled fire in a movie theatre, or bomb in an airplane, would not police and government action will take place? Even though a person has the right to say or believe in something, those rights are more like privileges. They are restricted to a certain extent. The constitution is supposed to be a strict rule book where following it is necessary for our country to move on, but in today’s society, the Constitution has slipped into being a guideline where there is rarely anyone who agrees and forms the same opinion. Each person interprets it in their own way, leaving the debate on whether school uniforms violate our American rights impossible to figure out. The resolving of this debate will depend on who is arguing in the debate and interpreting the views of the Constitution.