Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Silent Cheer

Can you believe this one? Can you? Because I can't. Our school has adopted a 'silent cheering' policy. My daughter has actually demonstrated what this involves. "Basically (she says this a lot) you have to do it silently" and then she clenched her fists pushed them up and down in a kind of yay you've won something motion without making a sound - "that's silent cheering." 


My children won't be needing one of these - pic ebay of course!

My school is a Daily Mail article waiting to happen.  I just want some journalist to go in, write an article and whop a "the world's gone mad!" logo over the top of it.  Thankfully I am not the only person that thinks this is bloody ridiculous - all the parents do.  So what of this absurdity. Well by all accounts it is not appropriate to clap and cheer individuals as they come up and collect their little certificates in assembly. They might disturb adult meetings. Erm, its a primary school there should be noise. If you want quiet go and work in a library. No, that's all changed (as has everything else) you now have to wait at the end of the assembly to show your appreciation of your peers.  Now correct me if I'm wrong but shouldn't a child be able to express themselves in a primary school? If they can't do it in primary school when the heck can they?  Or should they all be repressed.  The sad thing is we won't really see the effect of all this bullshit until 5 or 6 years down the line when they're all SATS and burnt out. 

What happened to creativity and learning through play? Already our children are crying if they can't move up to the next level and the fear of failure is high. They test them every term and we are told "oh they don't know its happening." Yes they do and they get stressed about it. Teachers are becoming desensitised to the age of the children and are obsessed with testing them. What happened to teachers?  How are they making me feel the same way I do about politicians?

Our school also has a trim trail which we were able to use after school - this has now been banned in all weathers as someone could sue them if a child was injured.  Its the school of draconian rules, rules, rules, rules and more rules. Rules for the sake or rules.

So if you agree with me then why don't you give me a 'silent cheer!'

Until next time.....

6 comments:

  1. When we moved back to Canada for a few years the school my kids attended wouldn't let the children pick up snow. In Canada. The reason was so that kids couldn't throw snowballs at each other (an integral part of any Canadian childhood), but it also meant no snowmen, snow forts, etc. It was utterly ridiculous, and all went back to an incident at the head teacher's former school where a child was hurt during a snowball fight. Winter play times at that school were very cold and mind-numbingly boring.

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    1. Oh my, you'd think somewhere like there they'd be able to do stuff like that. I think they have a no snowball policy at this school too although they can build snowman on the fiel x

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  2. OMG really? You seriously need to get away from that school and run as fast as you can! That is political correctness gone totally crazy. That is all.

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    1. Yes really!! Thought you'd like that one missus! x

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  3. Absolute madness. Madness! I bet you keep expecting somebody to jump out and shout April Fool! Whoever thought this is, I'm guessing was picked last a sports when they were young.

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    1. Tell me about it the school has become ridiculous x

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