Australian school bans kids from clapping

A PRIMARY school on Sydney's Northern Beaches has banned clapping during assemblies, however the reason is not political correctness gone mad, but something a little stranger. 

In its July 18 newsletter Elanora Heights Public School explained the ban to parents.

"If you've been to a school assembly recently, you may have noticed our students doing silent cheers," the newsletter read.  

"Instead of clapping, the students are free to punch the air, pull excited faces and wriggle about on the spot.

"This practice has been adopted to respect members of our school community who are sensitive to noise.

"When you attend an assembly, teachers will prompt the audience to conduct a silent cheer if it is needed.

"Teachers have also found the silent cheers to be a great way to expend children's energy and reduce fidgeting."

In what media outlets were quick to coin another case of political correctness gone mad in our education system - the ban comes in the wake of bans on Australia Day, hugging and singing baa baa black sheep - it seems that the reality is stranger but altogether more mundane.  

 

Extract from Elanora Heights Public School's newsletter
Extract from Elanora Heights Public School's newsletter

 

"The reason is that one of the teachers wears hearing aides and the noise from the clapping is too loud," a source associated with the state's education system, who did not wish to be named, said. 

"It's to do with the volume on the teacher's hearing aides.

"So there's not really any clapping ban - that's the takeaway - there's not really any clapping ban."

NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli mirrored the sources statement in a radio interview this evening.

 "I am advised that there is no ban on clapping, rather the school is supporting a teacher with a disability," Mr Piccoli said. 

"The teacher has asked for instances where there is cause for applause, for this not to be done loudly.

"This is about accommodating a teacher with a disability. I believe we should be respectful to people with disabilities and if we can slightly change what we do to accommodate them, then we should."


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