A practice that was set long ago at Iqra! Alhumdulillah
Who'd thought of relating no shoes to calmness?! :)
(Do read the attached article by Emine Saner which was recently featured in The Guardian)
At Iqra, Allah has helped us do the right things, right from the start even though at that time we were oblivious of this research!
Dear Teachers: Trusting the instincts of your leader and not getting overwhelmed when faced with opposition/pessimism helps. :)
Dear Parents: Next time you don't have your way at Iqra, do not fret instead trust that it's for the better good which only time will eventually reveal In Shaa Allah. :)
فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ
Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah (Noble Quran - 3:159)
Lots of duas!
As reported by The Guardian on the 24th of May, 2016 :
The secret to calm classrooms? Lose the shoes
Shoes are, as many teachers might tell you, one of the battlegrounds in a school’s uniform policy. Heel height, colour, whether or not a pupil’s shoe could actually be classed as a trainer are all argued over. But research suggests schools should do away with shoes altogether. The issue has been looked at as part of the Learnometer project, examining the physical conditions of classrooms, including temperature, light, sound and CO2. In the project, children surveyed each other at other schools in different countries, and one of the things that appealed to them, particularly after speaking to children at schools in Scandinavia, is introducing shoeless classrooms.
Stephen Heppell, professor of new media environments at Bournemouth University’s Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, who is running the project, has observed many shoeless schools now, and has seen the effects, including better behaviour. Going shoeless also has a particular impact on bullying. “It seems to be difficult to be a bully with your shoes off,” he says. “All the places we’ve been where kids have their shoes off, they report calmness.”
The researchers had asked children where they read at home. “Ninety-five per cent said it was with shoes off, sitting in comfort on a sofa, bed, on the floor, on a beanbag.” Making the classroom more comfortable and inviting, with clean carpets and no dirty footwear, could encourage reading, he says. It isn’t just the children who should spend the day in their socks, says Heppell, the teachers must too. “You can’t have a room that’s shoeless unless everybody is shoeless.”
Whether any of this barefootedness translates into academic progress is difficult to say. “There are a lot more variables. These experiments are in schools that are improving anyway – they wouldn’t be taking their shoes off if they weren’t looking for ways to be better.”
Other teachers sound a similar note of warning. Secondary-school teacher Tom Starkey says he is intrigued by the idea but warns against falling for quick fixes. “It’s the shoes [that are a problem], or the food, or the colour of the uniform. It’s more complicated than that. It’s about socio-economic background, what’s going on in the school, teaching approach. Focusing on one thing – such as shoes, which is cute – sometimes shifts the focus away from things that are more important.”