Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Tag--You're It!

A school in the Boston area has banned kids from playing tag at recess. They say it is because they fear that a child could get hurt and the school could be held liable. Give me a break! Tag? Even worse than the school administrators is the stupid parent quoted at the end about how her son feels safer now that no one can play tag? What are they teaching these kids? That any activity that presents the possibility of being hurt should be avoided? All risk is bad? Feeling "safe" is the most important value of all values? Blech.

4 Comments:

Blogger Ruth said...

I had a friend that dislocated his shoulder playing "red rover." I don't get the tag-ban, though.

10/18/2006 6:35 PM  
Blogger Poverty Lawyer 1 said...

Long gone are the days when kids could just be kids, I guess.

10/19/2006 7:06 AM  
Blogger 123txpublicdefender123 said...

I had plenty of friends that got hurt at recess in elementary school--from playing dodgeball or red rover or playing on the bars or jungle gym. That's part of being a kid. This country seems to have gone down a road where there is a pathological need to eliminate all risk from children's lives, and that is a terrible way to prepare them for adulthood, IMO. It also takes a hell of a lot of fun out of being a kid.

10/21/2006 11:24 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Exactly. I just don't get how kids who are that sheltered can be prepared for the "real world."

10/21/2006 4:03 PM  

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