Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Early Inspiration

Before my family moved to Worcester, I spent six months in a secondary school in Somerset.

In this school, some assembly meetings were held in the gymnasium. The pupils were required in these meetings to remove their shoes to protect the shiny floor. The teachers, however, kept their shoes on. That is apart from one senior teacher who always removed her high heeled shoes in the gym and conducted the assemblies in her stocking feet.

I was quite surprised at the time by her removing her shoes. Although it was only in recent years that I have become dogmatic about this subject, the memory of her concern for that delicate wood floor stayed with me.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

There was also a rule in our school that all outdoor shoes had to be removed in the gym and it applied to the teachers as much as to the pupils. I remember once going to some meeting there and also to a Christmas party and everyone was in their stockinged feet on both occassions.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I doubt most schools in the UK would make impose that rule on teachers consistently.

I notice that when exams are held in school gyms, shoes can stay on. Which is weird.

God Bless

Matthew

Anonymous said...

Well I certainly think that the same rules should apply to teachers as to children. There are also some parents who make their children take off their shoes at home but who keep theirs on. That is a "don't do as I do, do as I say" kind of approach which I don't think is the right way to teach children how to behave. Adults should lead by example I think.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Quite so.