‘School Demands Silent Cheers’ (2016)

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Don’t worry–they’re all cheering silently

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

Attend this high school in Sydney, Australia, and find out!


Now, you may wonder what somebody is doing, who can’t stand any noise, attending a live sports event, complete with crowd. But if you’re a school official, you wouldn’t wonder about a think like that. Instead, you would just order the fans in the bleachers to keep silence throughout the game. Just in case there might be somebody in the crowd who can’t tolerate noise.

If you send your kids to public school, anywhere in the world, complete this sentence and win a propeller cap. I send my children to be “educated” by these idiots because __________.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

14 responses to “‘School Demands Silent Cheers’ (2016)

  • cassandra41

    The only time I have seen referees demand silence is at football games when the quarterback of the visiting team cannot be heard over the din. From time to time, there has been an effort to lower the noise volume, but that it a matter of fairness after all. Still, it cannot be obtained if the fans choose not to comply; I don’t know if a penalty can be called — I know very little about the sport.

    The problem here is not the demand, it is the fact that people are becoming such sheep that they will probably obey it.


  • Erlene Talbott

    How much more ridiculous will it become? I probably do not want to know. I think I’ve about had all I can take of this nonsense.


  • unknowable2

    I’m with you, Erlene. I’ve seen enough to know that I’ve seen too much. 🙂


  • Phoebe

    Wouldn’t it be fun if a student’s family sued because the student is terrified of silent crowds?

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  • Re-Farmer

    I remember hearing in the news about a ban on clapping in Canada, at about the same time as the story in your post, but I believe it was for places like live theatres and speeches in auditoriums. They didn’t outright ban it, but students were instructed to do “jazz hands”, instead.

    Years ago, an elementary school principle banned hugging among the kindergartners. It was suggested they shake hands, instead. This was a school my own kids would have gone to after a move, had we not been home schooling them. To be fair, it turned out that there was a problem with the kids doing giant mass hugs that were blocking the hallway, refusing to break up and creating a safety hazard. I can understand that being a problem, but banning hugging outright is hardly a workable solution! After it made the news, the principle did eventually backtrack.


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