How many people give high fives or shake hands upon greeting? Well what happens when you’re suddenly told that you can’t …
A school in London has imposed a “no contact” rule that bans students from high-fiving, handshakes, and even hugging. The rule is supposed to prevent fights and bullying. A spokeswoman for the school said, “physical contact between students is not allowed because it is often associated with poor behavior…” The school’s Principal adds that “it creates a disciplined environment which is essential for learning and respect.”
Personally I believe that this is a very cold policy and it is sad that the children are missing out on a special type of closeness that they need at that age. It is too bad that the school could not have come up with a different solution to their bully problem.
Ever wanted to protest your dress code? Well here’s a boy who did and actually got things done.
A 12-year-old boy went to school in Cambridge, England in a skirt to protest over a teacher’s decision to ban shorts. Chris Whitehead was angered by rules that do not allow boys to wear shorts in hot weather. He said he researched the policy and found a loophole in the rules turning up in school wearing a skirt. Because of his demonstration, the school has pledged to review the policy.
This is the classic example where one person CAN make a difference. If he had not taken a stand then nothing would have changed.