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Children in a Democracy

I have a picture for you to take a look at. See if you can figure out what was wrong with it, so much so that it was ripped off the cover of an official governmental report.

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OSHA. Oh, Sure.

Barefooters will sometimes be told by store employees that they have to wear shoes because “OSHA requires it.” OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and it only applies to employees, not customers.

And even then, there is no specific rule that says that even store employees need to wear shoes (though of course the business itself might require them).

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Let me finish of with what happened with our barefoot schoolboy in 1903. We found out about his father’s request in A Barefoot Schoolboy. We saw the letter his father sent to the Board of Education, and some of the motivation in More on the Barefoot Schoolboy.

How did the Board rule?

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Yesterday I presented the New York Times story about Harold Smith, whose father Victor petitioned the Jersey City Board of Education to allow Harold, age 10, to go barefoot to school there.

Here’s another story, also from before the Board met to decide his fate, with a bit more information.

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A Barefoot Schoolboy

These days practically all schools require shoes. That’s just the way it is, and I suspect it is that way just because . . . that’s just the way it has been.

A lot of that is just cultural. Here’s a story from the September 12, 1903 New York Times about a father petitioning the school to let his son attend his Jersey City school barefoot. Just the thought was enough to make the news . . . in New York City. Meanwhile, in rural districts all over America, large numbers of children were attending school barefoot without their school districts batting an eye.

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Back in the 1920s there was a High School football team in Lynchburg, VA that went undefeated for 8 years.

And oh yeah. They played barefooted.

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Back in June, fellow barefooter Alan Bruens was profiled in the Advertiser-News (North). He’s now moved on to bigger and better things: New Jersey Monthly Magazine.

In addition to being a nice article, this one has a killer caricature of Alan

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Shoes are a Necessity

The guest yesterday on The Huffington Post’s C-Suite was Blake Mycoskie, the CEO of TOMS shoes.

He actually seemed like a very nice guy—very caring and socially responsible. But . . .

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Jimmy Buffett — Timid Barefooter

Jimmy Buffett is pretty well-known for going barefoot, at least during his concerts. It’s part of being a relaxed parrothead. I’m reminded of him since I caught him on the Ellen Show yesterday.

But celebrity barefooting always seems to be rather limited.

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Huff-Po Bait-and-Switch

Yesterday’s Huffington Post had a promising article in it, It’s Simple, Easy And Free — And It Will Improve Your Health. Well, that sounds nice. What is it? Walking.

And the lead illustration is one we can all appreciate.

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A Boy After My Own Heart

Here’s a story from the Hutchinson (Kansas) News Herald from January 1947. It’s about a barefoot boy who knows what he prefers . . . even in winter.

There’s a real contrast with the way this would have turned out today.

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Under the Old Oak Tree

In addition to their Daily Dozen, photos that readers send in, the National Geographic also does a Photo-of-the-Day. (This page does not use flash.)

A few days ago, it featured an ancient, really impressive oak tree, with four barefoot children on it.

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Sir, Are You Okay?

It’s funny how we tend to orbit our comfort zone. We get used to doing things a certain way. We go to the same places; we mainly shop the same places.

I suspect that’s particularly true when one regularly goes barefoot. You’re just interested in getting your stuff done, so you go to the places where you haven’t been hassled before.

But it is also true that we tend to exaggerate in our minds the possibility of attention. Even in new places, it doesn’t happen much.

But there are times when it can be a real surprise.

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Russell Brand. Scofflaw?

No way. It’s just the usual set of ignorati.

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Back in June, fellow barefooter Alan Bruens was profiled in the Advertiser-News (North). He’s now moved on to bigger and better things: New Jersey Monthly Magazine.

In addition to being a nice article, this one has a killer caricature of Alan

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