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Those Public Schools' Claps!

Discussion in 'NEWS, BOOKS, CULTURE' started by vince, Aug 9, 2004.

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  1. vince

    vince Well-Known Member

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    You know what clapping style i am talking about,the;
    KPA!KPA
    KPA!KPA!KPA!
    KPA!
    Clappings that one here in the classrooms of public schools in nigeria every time the teacher asks the pupils to applaud something.
    I have been meaning to ask this question for a long time now.Why?Some say that that style instill discipline in pupils,but i can't for the life of me see how that can be.
    What do you think is the reason for such clappings?
    Do you clap like that in your naija schools?I personally hate that kind of clappings and i think it serves no purpose hence useless.
     
  2. robeta_021

    robeta_021 Well-Known Member

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    It's kinda whack in my opinion. I guess the purpose of clapping in that manner is to teach kids how to clap, but it just seems outdated.
     
  3. sweet

    sweet Enchanting Afro Princess

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    i guess is our own way of giving the other students merit.You know like if a student gets something right, we hear the teacher say "good!, students clap for her/him" and you here the "kpa !kpa kpa! kpa kpa!" :excite
     
  4. vince

    vince Well-Known Member

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    Yeah,but why like that?Why not clap the way the rest of humanity claps?It looks and sounds so silly.
     
  5. lady_vexy

    lady_vexy Heart that is Sweet

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    we r nigerians, we r meant to be different
     
  6. vince

    vince Well-Known Member

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    Ha!
    Being different is one thing,being silly,outdated and ultimately stupid is another. :glasses
     
  7. lady_vexy

    lady_vexy Heart that is Sweet

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    ha, oga mi vince what is done is done, or do u wanna UNCLAP THE CLAPS U'VE CLAPPED
     
  8. vince

    vince Well-Known Member

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    I was never in one of them schools and thank God for that!The schools i went,we clapped like normal human beings,and not like maschines or robots.
    We should not be teaching our kids irrelevant and stupid things like that,that do not in any way contribute positively to their education.
    It is still being done and i think it is time to "evolve" with time instead of standing still all the time.
     
  9. bluestocking

    bluestocking Well-Known Member

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    we never used to clap that way in my own school too cos it was considered 'local'.
    i teach sunday school sometimes and try as u might to stop kids from clapping that way, they just can't seem to understand why u want them to stop. if you tell them to clap normally they give a strange look as if to say 'abi ki lon worry auntie yi'.
    so me i've just stopped trying.
     
  10. vince

    vince Well-Known Member

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    You see!They've turned these kids into robots already. :(
     
  11. OlaMichael

    OlaMichael Don't Suffer Fools Gladly

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    Hmmm Vince, whilst I can see ur frustration with the above, I don't understand it. But a couple of questions.... Since the clapping u describe is irrelevant, stupid etc...Going by the highlighted part of ur statement, how would or how does (what in your opinion) is clapping the "normal" way be relevant, intelligent and contribute positively to the education of our kids?

    Clapping is clapping. It does not educate u any better. I happen to be one of those who went to one of such school u described and I am not a Zombie or a robot. I can clap any way I choose. Clapping the way u described didn't make me any dumber or wiser. It's just clapping.

    Also, on the plus side, I think clapping in such a manner helps to create order, save time and not allow for unnecessary indulgence by pupils to distract...(seeing that when we were young, most of us loved nothing more but to do that anyways,... at least I did) If pupils were left to clap for as long as they want...can u imagine how much valuable teaching time would be lost?? I think that kind of clapping is ok...and it doesn't necessarily affect ur life or turn u into a robot as u seem to be claiming.

    But more importantly, clapping ur own way does not also add anymore to the child's life or contribute positively to his/her education.... u feel me? :)
     
  12. Basquet

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    I agree absolutely with OlaMichael. What does it matter how you clap?
     
  13. lady_vexy

    lady_vexy Heart that is Sweet

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    gosh.. no need to write an essay bout it? only joking...good points
     
  14. vince

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    If this is so,why is it then that this kind of clapping is limited to only these schools?Why do people not clap like that everywhere else?
    Why make children do something that is not done anywhere else in the society under any occasion?
    What exactly is the philosophy behind it?What does it do for our kids?
    Paedagogy is all about teaching things relevant to real life,isn't it?
    And ,by the way,why don't you clap like that whenever the occasion calls for it?
     
  15. sharon

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    people please why are we arguing over clapping??? it's just clapping it doesn't matter how u clap, una too like wahala abeg.
    is clapping really worth arguing over?? abeg if ur going to argue, argue over better issues not how u clap. jeez
     
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    Personally i think it is said to instill discipline in the sense that it inhibits unruly outbreaks, which are the assured reaction of dubious students during such given occasions. If you are restricted to the monotonous clap system then you are less likley to buck out with yells, screams or uncalled for displays, in the name of appreciation. Plus it sounds a whole lot better.

    Disclaimer:
    The above statements have been written from an objective stand point and are not necessarily the opinion of the given author. :stretch
     
  17. OlaMichael

    OlaMichael Don't Suffer Fools Gladly

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    I c u cleverly avoided answering my question. In any case... u'll still hae to answer it.

    But who told u, or how do u know, or where did u read it that this sort of clapping is limited to these schools?? Cos I for one have clapped that way outside of my school settings.

    There are different ways and different forms of clapping and I suppose people can choose to clap whicheve way or however they choose. We shouldn't limit it to one style.

    U ask.."What does it do for our kids?" Again I ask u...what does clapping in the way u call "correct clapping" do for our kids?? Is that what gives them a better life? Is that what makes them know how to manage their money properly?? Is clapping in the way u suggest or any other way for that matter what makes them resposible when they grow up??? Man mi....clapping is just clapping. Whether they clapp one way or the other...it adds nothing and it takes nothing from their lives, so why make a fuss out of it?? it's not like as if it's a documented fact that people who clap in the way u r against are thieves, or that they are demented or handicapped in one way or the other. so what's the fuss??

    U ask... "What exactly is the philosophy behind it?" I throw the same question at you.... what's the philosophy behing clapping any other way???

    And finally.... u still haven't answered how clapping in your own way is relevant to a kids life... so all that ur reference to paedagogy being teaching things relevant to kids is very irrelevant to this discussion, well except u can show how clapping ur own way is relevant to a kids life.

    If our kids are thought to clap differently... why don't u take it as innovative or as "thinking outside the box" rather than wanting them to conform to some old age ritual/form of clapping that yu cannot explain the philosophy behind... get it???

    lol
     
  18. mimi victor

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    How about wearing uniforms? is that BAD too?
     
  19. Sweetchocolate

    Sweetchocolate Omonaija tio gba gbere

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    i sooo lov clapping bak when i waqs in naija...u feel good n like u kno alot when the class clap for u.
     
  20. kolinzo

    kolinzo Oodua4life

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    Now that's the spirit behind it Vince. At least one of them
     
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