Students Must Wear Shoes — Really?

Jennifer R. Povey
The Illusion of Choice
3 min readSep 14, 2020

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Photo by Camila Damásio on Unsplash

It’s going viral on social media. A list of requirements for Zoom students that includes the normal problems (head coverings, video on at all times), but goes one step further.

Students of this teacher are required to wear shoes. In their own home.

Why Do School Dress Codes Require Shoes?

In normal, face-to-face education, there’s a very good reason teachers won’t let kids kick off their shoes to be comfortable.

Fire.

If the fire alarm goes off, we want kids to be able to evacuate quickly.

Needless to say, this doesn’t apply to one’s own home. (Okay, so I live in a high rise. I have got very practiced at putting my shoes on quickly.)

But why is it a problem? I mean, other than the fact that unless the student is imitating the photo above, a teacher is never going to see their feet so it’s kinda silly.

I think many readers can guess where I’m going.

Photo by Philippe Jausions on Unsplash

Requiring Shoes for Education (or Work) at Home is Racist

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Jennifer R. Povey
The Illusion of Choice

I write about fantasy, science fiction and horror, LGBT issues, travel, and social issues.