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Ban on Actions While Singing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  December 18, 2011 at 7:10 PM Education News   - G J E 4
The City of York Council's group, Sure Start mother and toddler group has banned children from making gestures while singing the nursery rhyme, twinkle twinkle little star' as it could offend deaf people.
 Ban on Actions While Singing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'
Ban on Actions While Singing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'
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The action one makes with the use of forefingers and thumb for star signifies vagina to deaf people. So there are chances that the deaf get offended by it. Therefore, it has been decided that henceforth no signs would be used while signing the poem.

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Spokeswoman for City of York Council denied it was a case of political correctness, insisting it was more a sensible decision taken to prevent deaf children or deaf parents being offended by the use of the gesture.

One parent was of the view, "It is good that kids are aware of other people's methods of communication but has anyone actually asked a deaf person if they take offence to it?"

Spokesperson for Campaign Against Political Correctness said, "It is not at all unacceptable. For generations kids have performed while signing this poem and now some people feel it is offensive for deaf people."

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Surely by signing the poem they would give any hearing impaired people the chance to feel included, and also help teach children how to communicate more effectively with people with hearing impairments?
DanBam Monday, December 19, 2011

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