School bans clapping at assemblies in favor of 'silent cheers'

One school has banned its pupils from clapping at assemblies, but it's all for a good cause.

Education officials in New South Wales, Australia, said the rule was put in place out of respect to a teacher at Elanora Heights Public School who has a hearing condition that makes her sensitive to noise, according to BBC News.

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Instead of clapping, students can pump their fists in the air, make "silent cheers" and show excitement through movement and facial expressions, the BBC reports, citing a newsletter sent home with students.

However, News.com.au called it the "the latest example of a political correctness outbreak in Australian schools," some of which have banned hugging, singing Christmas carols," and other practices. 

Read more at BBC News.

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