I recently took inventory of childhood pursuits schools have banned like tag, touch football, snowball fights, cartwheels, running, skipping. A lot of school recesses now resemble yard time at federal penitentiaries.
But, when you think you’ve heard it all, along comes news from Down Under that reaches an all-new low.
So it is, our Nanny State Ninny Award for the month of July goes to Elanora Heights Public School in Sydney where the edu-crats have banned clapping.
They say the no-clapping rule was introduced to respect students who are “sensitive to noise.” Only “silent cheering” is allowed, like fist-pumps, “pulling excited faces” or wriggling on the spot.
You may be asking, how many children at Elanora Heights suffer from noise anxiety?
Zero. The school was caught lying. The no-clapping rule wasn’t to protect noise-sensitive students but rather, to minimize discomfort for ONE teacher with a hearing disability.
Apparently asking one teacher to use earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones was too logical so instead, the school flips upside-down to accommodate a single person because she’s allergic to noise.