Clapping is banned at school assemblies at an Australian elementary school near Sydney, reports The Herald Sun. It’s too noisy.
“Instead of clapping, the students are free to punch the air, pull excited faces and wriggle about on the spot,” the Elanora Heights school newsletter reported. “When you attend an assembly, teachers will prompt the audience to conduct a silent cheer if it is needed.” Silent cheers are “a great way to expend children’s energy and reduce fidgeting.”
In response to loud jeers, an education official said a teacher with hearing aids has trouble with noise at assemblies.
Cheering is normal behavior, writes Lenore Skenazy on Reason. “The song doesn’t go, ‘If you’re happy and you know it, noiselessly wriggle’.”
If the hypersensitive rule, “all of human interaction is up for banning: hugs (for those sensitive to touch), hellos (for those sensitive to interaction), handshakes (for those with OCD),” she writes.
In a “political correctness outbreak,” Australian schools “have banned hugging, singing Christmas carols, celebrating Australia Day and singing the word ‘black” in the nursery rhyme ‘baa baa black sheep’,” reports Downtrend.
An exclusive girls’ school told teachers to use “gender-neutral” terms instead of “ladies” or “women” to respect the sensitivities of lesbian and transgender students.