Thursday, October 19, 2006

School bans tag, other chase games

Nation: What else is there to say? Parents today are growing up kids who ought to live in a bubble because when they grow up, they are going to be soft and unprepared for the world in general. Playground games help you to grow as a child and helps to develop communication, motor skills as you go thru the school system and into life. The ban against dodgeball because it is "exclusionary and dangerous" is ridiculous. This is another way of trying to not make kids feel disappointment when they get knocked of the game and their feelings get hurt. Growing up a bunch of weak kids in a world that demands you have some backbone.

Officials at an elementary school south of Boston have banned kids from playing tag, touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess for fear they'll get hurt and hold the school liable. Recess is "a time when accidents can happen," said Willett Elementary School Principal Gaylene Heppe, who approved the ban. While there is no districtwide ban on contact sports during recess, local rules have been cropping up. Several school administrators around Attleboro, a city of about 45,000 residents, took aim at dodgeball a few years ago, saying it was exclusionary and dangerous. (Watch how second-grader Kelsey interpreted the rule -- 1:30) Elementary schools in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Spokane, Washington, also recently banned tag during recess. A suburban Charleston, South Carolina, school outlawed all unsupervised contact sports. "I think that it's unfortunate that kids' lives are micromanaged and there are social skills they'll never develop on their own," said Debbie Laferriere, who has two children at Willett, about 40 miles south of Boston. "Playing tag is just part of being a kid." Another Willett parent, Celeste D'Elia, said her son feels safer because of the rule. "I've witnessed enough near collisions," she said.

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