The Mind Wobbles

So many things to absorb, think about, deal with and put up with - it simply makes the mind wobble...

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

I'm sorry - I think this is ridiculous!



From today's CNN:


School bans tag, other chase games

POSTED: 10:52 a.m. EDT, October 18, 2006

ATTLEBORO, Massachusetts (AP) -- Tag, you're out!
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.

(Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.)


OK, anyone who knows me knows that I am the anti-outdoor-activity queen. But even for me, playing "freeze-tag" during recess remains among my happiest childhood memories. Yes sometimes we would fall down, and then we got back up - if we were bleeding the lady in the school office would clean it off and put a band-aid on it. Nobody sued anyone!

What the hell is wrong with people?

2 Comments:

Blogger purplepassion said...

OMG! Have we as a society become that obsessive and controlling of our kids! The kids growing up in these generations won't be able to think at all for themselves or solve any kind of problem if we don't let them fall down and pick themselves back up again!

The parent who said her son feels safer, is raising a hermit!

THEY ARE BANNING UNSUPERVISED CONTACT SPORTS....CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW MUCH TROUBLE THESE KIDS ARE GOING TO GET INTO WHEN THEY ARE SET LOOSE ON SOCIETY FINALLY UNSUPERVISED!!!

Sorry, I'm gonna stop now and just go get some water and take some deep breaths. It's just so sad, so so sad...

3:09 PM  
Blogger Dixie said...

This is what happens when we have a society that promotes lawsuits to solve everything. We just get afraid to let anyone do anything for fear of getting sued.

6:49 PM  

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