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Wussification Of America's Kids - Part II  
User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4128 posts, RR: 8
Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2570 times:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/18/no.tag.ap/index.html

Now a local school is banning tag, touch football, etc during recess because they are afraid someone might get hurt and hold the school responsible.

Quote from article:

Quote:
Another Willett parent, Celeste D'Elia, said her son feels safer because of the rule. "I've witnessed enough near collisions," she said.

Morons like that are part of the problem.


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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2542 times:

Even as the staunchest social liberal on my best day, this makes me want to vommit. The Rule is bad, the rationale is atrocious. If it was genuinely intended to protect the students I ould AMLMOST undrstand, but as it's a mere law suit avoidance technique it's  redflag .

User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2540 times:

Kids need to get dirty, get hurt, lose a ballgame, endure some namecalling and deal with various other forms of traditional character building and disease resistance building.......

if not then we're going to have a generation of children who won't be able to cope with real life.



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User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2508 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 1):
but as it's a mere law suit avoidance technique it's

Probably the most telling line from the article:

Quote:
Recess is "a time when accidents can happen," said Willett Elementary School Principal Gaylene Heppe

Sorry Gaylene, recess is a time when kids get to be kids, seems someone has lost sight of that.

Quoting DL021 (Reply 2):
if not then we're going to have a generation of children who won't be able to cope with real life.

Unfortunately we've already got it, and those 'children' have become adults intent on passing their lack of self responsibility on to their kids. While the school admin is at fault for bowing to this kind of nonsense, the impetus for this lies in the staggering number of law suits filed against schools on a routine basis. While most are without merit, dealing with them costs time and money, both of which are usually in short supply in any district. When/how did my generation develop the mentality that if my little Johnny gets a scrape on the playground, that's not 'normal', and I deserve compensation?



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User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17784 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2495 times:

How did people ever survive to see their 21st birthday when rules like these weren't in place? It's a miracle anyone survived the 1900s. Silly


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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2477 times:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 4):
How did people ever survive to see their 21st birthday when rules like these weren't in place? It's a miracle anyone survived the 1900s.

And let's not forget the good old exposed metal jungle Gyms of the 50's 60's and 70's.

In all reality I think the problem is the continued defiance of Darwinian process.


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2473 times:

The problem with this rule is that it spares the weak and moronic from getting picked off via natural selection. A cruel truth but it's the way the world works. Although I realize the stupid outnumber us smart folks soon enough they might realize their power and revolt against us.


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User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2640 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2464 times:
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Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 6):
The problem with this rule is that it spares the weak and moronic from getting picked off via natural selection. A cruel truth but it's the way the world works. Although I realize the stupid outnumber us smart folks soon enough they might realize their power and revolt against us.

Lol way to turn it into a conspiracy


User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2457 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 6):
The problem with this rule is that it spares the weak and moronic from getting picked off via natural selection. A cruel truth but it's the way the world works. Although I realize the stupid outnumber us smart folks soon enough they might realize their power and revolt against us.

On a much less draconian level, stopping these kinds of games prevent kids from discovering their own strengths and weaknesses, and how to cope and compensate. I was a small kid, so I wasn't too hot at games that relied on upper body strength (I HATED dodgeball), but I was wicked fast, and had strong legs, so things like tag and the monkey bars (chicken) was where I got even. I even got a decent reputation at football, once I got the ball it was tough to stop me. Taught me to play to my strengths, a very good life lesson.



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User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2688 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2453 times:

Quoting Mdsh00 (Thread starter):
Now a local school is banning tag, touch football, etc during recess because they are afraid someone might get hurt and hold the school responsible.

I was just getting ready to opena thread on that..

http://www.comcast.net/news/strange/.../18/501446.html&cvqh=itn_schooltag

Give me a freakin' break... let's just take recess away all together!! Let's these kids play, kids get hurt all the time, it's part of growing up!!



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