~â¥Little Miss - posted on 09/23/2011 ( 32 moms have responded )
Ok, so I know this site has huge diversity, so I am REALLY interested in what everyone has to say about this. I am in the USA, and hand shaking when you meet someone is a standard social skill we learn growing up. It is a gesture of greeting, and if you don't do it...especially on a professional level...it is considered rude. Other countries kiss on both cheeks, bow....and quite frankly I am not sure about all other cultural greetings. Now onto the good stuff....
So, my son is in a Charter School (basically a public school privately funded, and typically has a better academic program than regular public schools) they have to wear uniforms etc. So, the big thing is, when entering school, they MUST shake hands with the director of the school....every single scholar. I don't like it, especially going into cold and flu season. I do like that it teaches the kids proper greeting skills, but every day of school? If your child is the last in line to shake the directors hand, you have shaken hands with 120+ other students, that may have a cold, strep, flu..etc.
Now, I know kids are going to be exposed to germs no matter what....I am just not a fan of directly exposing them with hand shakes....it puts our children in contact with it more directly.
Oh, I guess I should mention....they go and eat breakfast directly after shaking hands....with no hand washing.
What do you think about this...would you make a stink? Cause I already have.