circa 1955:  American schoolboy Paul Mayo raises his hand to answer a teacher's question. Paul must travel to school by ferry every day from his home on Bedloe's Island, where the statue of Liberty stands.  (Photo by Orlando /Three Lions/Getty Images)

School Bans Students From Raising Hand to Answer Question

  1. Home
  2. World
By Heat Street Staff | 4:56 am, December 1, 2016

A school in England has banned pupils from raising their hand in class as a means of showing they want to answer a question.

Teachers have claimed the same students were putting up their hand time after time, potentially giving them an unfair advantage.

From now on, other methods will be used to encourage children to engage with their subject such as picking pupils at random.

In a letter to parents Barry Found, the principal of Samworth Church Academy in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, confirmed he wants to ‘dispense with the age old “hands up to answer a question” practice’.

Mr Found said ‘a variety of other techniques’ would be used to ‘ensure that every student is challenged and developed through our questioning’.

The policy has echoes of a new rule introduced by Edinburgh University students’ union earlier this year. It banned students from putting up their hand at meetings, saying that to do so could violate the “safe space” of others.

Other UK universities now have an app that allows students to send anonymous messages with queries to a screen at the front of the lecture hall instead of raising hands.

But Chris McGovern of the Campaign for Real Education called it ‘politically correct nonsense’ and a ‘gimmick’.

Advertisement