"A common bond exists among parents choosing private schools. They have been persuaded by direct experience or belief that the superior education they desire for their children, whether driven by an explicit individual need of the child or by the child's cultural or religious identity, cannot be adequately met in the school system currently provided by the province of Ontario," says Deani Van Pelt, assistant professor in education at Redeemer University College in Ancaster and co-author of " Ontario's Private Schools: Who Chooses Them and Why? ".
In 1996, Former President Clinton made a state of the union address. In that address, the subject of mandatory school uniforms was mentioned. "If it means that teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear uniforms" (Williams). In fact, that year in Long Beach, California, the first district to implement mandatory uniform policies, assault dropped by sixty-seven percent, vandalism by eighty-two percent, and robbery by thirty-five percent. Overall crime was reduced by seventy-three percent the first year the policy was in place (Williams). This was a direct reflection of the uniform policy. Students were more disciplined and behaved in a more mature manner. These students took pride in themselves and others. With the lack of material items to fight over, students no longer felt the need to use aggression towards others, proving that school uniforms do in fact improve student behavior. Also when it comes to crime, a student wearing a school logo, is less apt to commit a crime outside of school while in uniform because it would be easier to track him based off of the school information on the uniform. This lowers the crime rate for the general public as well as the in school instances.