Tag – that exclusionary activity your mom warned you about.
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.
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.
This is getting a bit nuts. What are kids supposed during recess, read? What makes me sad is this part:
Another Willett parent, Celeste D’Elia, said her son feels safer because of the rule. "I’ve witnessed enough near collisions," she said.
Her kid is screwed for life.
Yeah, dodgeball and tag are potentially dangerous, but so is this:
If these parents and teachers are so damned worried about kids doing dangerous things, WHY DO THEY STILL NOT DEMAND SEATBELTS ON SCHOOL BUSES?
These people are idiots. Put seatbelts on school buses and let them play like kids. Sure, it’s scary how they play, but that’s what kids do. That’s how kids learn. If they don’t learn the physical limits of how to play with each other as kids, they won’t know what those limits are when they are older and the consequences are much more severe. It really never ceases to amaze me how many teachers truly think the only learning that occurs is in the classroom. I’m here to tell them, those kids learn just as much on the playground at that age as they do in any classroom. And, at that age, what they learn on the playground is probably more important. It’s called interactive skills. If you don’t have that, it doesn’t matter if you can spell right or not.
So, let the kids play. Let them knock a tooth out and occasionally break an arm. Let them be exclusionary. Some lessons you just can’t teach in the classroom. If I were a teacher at Willett, I’d report there was no tag or dodgeball ever occurring, and look the other way at recess. I HOPE that’s what they are doing there.