School Bans Hand-Raising – Burlington Junior School bans all hand raising during class to create a calmer atmosphere in the UK. There have been other measures such as prohibiting hugs, tag, Christmas, and even prayer, but in Bridlington, East Yorks, the 8 and 9 year olds can give a “thumbs up” to get a teacher’s response. No one knows why the old method of asking for acknowledgement in the classroom didn’t work.
“School children have been banned from putting up their hands in class when answering a question and are instead being told to raise a thumb like The Fonz,” according to reports.
They are referring to the “The Fonz” from the TV classic “Happy Days.” There was no word if they will have to accompany the thumbs with an “Aeeeyyyy!” However, the parents are not to keen on the idea of their kids having to imitate the character to get the teacher’s attention.
“I thought it was a joke at first. It’s daft. I can’t see the logic in it,” Dad-of-three Dave Campleman, 44, who has two daughters already using the new method, said in a statement. “Fair enough if it was across the board, but I’ve not heard of any other schools doing it,” he stated.
Campleman went on to add “I think it’s a bit pointless, it’s not benefiting their education – they could focus on other things. Kids are used to putting their hands up, it is natural for them. Being told to do something different just confuses them. I am just bemused by it. I think they should go back to the old way of putting your hand up in class.”
One parent was worried when the students go to a secondary school that they might be made a laughing stock of the hand-raising rules and bans, since they will have already learned the new method, but it will leave questions for some on why the change was made in the first place.