When I mention that I survived nine years of school uniforms and four more years of dress code to my peers, I'm frequently met with expressions of pity. These looks are usually followed by ones of astonishment when I then say that I actually benefitted from and enjoyed this. I proudly support that some public schools are now choosing to move to dress codes or, better (yes I said better), uniforms.
I will not attempt to argue uniforms/dress codes promote higher achievement levels for students. In fact, the studies for this, conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, are wildly inconclusive.
However, acknowledging that education exists not only as an academic, but also as a social and socializing experience for children, I will argue that a uniform or dress code remains exponentially beneficial.