Top 10 weird school rules that are hard to believe

10. "No to bare shoulders.

Some schools go to great lengths to focus students' attention only on knowledge. Apparently, the naked shoulders of girls can cause guys to definitely lose focus. That's why one American school strictly forbids such clothing.

9. An Australian school has banned cartwheels

A school in Sydney does not allow children to do cartwheels during recess without the supervision of a special gymnastics instructor. This is how you need to keep children safe in school!

8. German first graders get a toy in the shape of a cone

That's a case where a nice school tradition has been preserved since the early 19th century. The toy is called "Schultüte" (school goblet) and is given to children who go to first grade to symbolically emphasize their new status in life. Usually they put sweets, small toys and stationery inside.

7. In China, older children are allowed to sleep for 30 minutes

While children around the world are only allowed to sleep in kindergarten, the Chinese also allow high school students to take a half-hour nap. Studies have shown that short naps can improve memory and performance in school.

6. A Pennsylvania school has banned uggs.

You'd probably think this is some sort of fashion control? But no, it's much simpler than that. Uggs allowed female students to sneak their phones into class, thus distracting them from their studies.

5. Ketchup is banned in school

In an effort to protect their culture from becoming "too American," French schools have banned putting ketchup on any food except French fries.

4. LOL in dailies.

A school in Georgia banned acronyms such as "LOL" and asked students to sign a pledge that they would respect their dailies and not use such an acronym in them.

3. Nebraska schools encourage teachers to call children "Purple Penguins."

In an effort to be gender sensitive, schools in Nebraska have required teachers to call their students "purple penguins" or other gender-neutral names rather than "boys" and "girls."

2. "High fives" greetings and hugs are not acceptable

A high school principal in California banned students from greeting each other with a "high five" clap or a hug. Understandably, students raised an uproar over such an absurd decision, but the principal reasoned: students should keep their hands to themselves.

1. Winning is forbidden

Once again, the "so as not to offend anyone" argument. On average, two out of three schools in the UK reward all students, rather than giving out awards only to those who win. New research shows that this way children don't feel overwhelmed and are more willing to participate.


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