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Postby dream_017 » Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:48 am

Another in a long list of sad stories and then they wonder why kids stay inside and play video games and watch TV and get fat. Also, I think the article makes a very good point about teaching kids problem solving skills.

USA Today wrote:'Not it!' More schools ban games at recess

By Emily Bazar, USA TODAY
Some traditional childhood games are disappearing from school playgrounds because educators say they're dangerous.
Elementary schools in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Spokane, Wash., banned tag at recess this year. Others, including a suburban Charleston, S.C., school, dumped contact sports such as soccer and touch football.

In other cities, including Wichita; San Jose, Calif.; Beaverton, Ore.; and Rancho Santa Fe., Calif., schools took similar actions earlier.

The bans were passed in the name of safety, but some children's health advocates say limiting exercise and free play can inhibit a child's development.

Groups such as the National School Boards Association don't keep statistics on school games.

But several experts, including Donna Thompson of the National Program for Playground Safety, verify the trend. Dodge ball has been out at some schools for years, but banning games such as tag and soccer is a newer development.

"It's happening more," Thompson says. Educators worry about "kids running into one another" and getting hurt, she says.

In January, Freedom Elementary School in Cheyenne prohibited tag at recess because it "progresses easily into slapping and hitting and pushing instead of just touching," Principal Cindy Farwell says.

Contact sports were banned from recess at Charles Pinckney Elementary early this year, says Charleston County schools spokeswoman Mary Girault, because children suffered broken arms and dislocated fingers playing touch football and soccer.

Some schools that ban games at recess allow children to play them in gym class under supervision.

Critics of the bans say playing freely helps kids learn to negotiate rules and resolve disputes.

"They learn to change and to problem-solve," says Rhonda Clements, an education professor at Manhattanville College.

Joe Frost, emeritus professor of early childhood education at the University of Texas-Austin, sees playground restrictions as harmful.

"You're taking away the physical development of the children," he says. "Having time for play is essential for children to keep their weight under control."
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Postby onnestabe » Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:59 am

Next month: No more books in school. Kids can drop them on their toes, or shut their fingers in the books, thereby hurting themselves. We have to make the safety of the children our highest concern - even higher than teaching them to live their lives. :-t
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Postby mutantseabass » Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:03 am

What is wrong with people??!!!! Tag and soccer you cant play at recess, so what do you do at recess?
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:07 am

This infuriates me to no end. I don't know where to begin. .....

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Postby mutantseabass » Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:09 am

Omaha Red Sox wrote:This infuriates me to no end. I don't know where to begin. .....

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Postby dream_017 » Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:13 am

Don't worry, even if they were allowed to play tag, at the end everyone would be it so that nobody has to go home being it :-? :-# :-b
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:15 am

I read that children, especially males, are prone to gender discrimination in public schools because they're more 'active' and hyper in class because they're boys. They are easily diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, since they don't behave like little girls. It's pathetic and frustrating. Next thing, parents are going to be charged for child abuse for allowing their children to play outdoors.
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Postby moonhead » Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:37 am

there is still 4 square and tether ball. don't forget swings. ;-D
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Postby Twisted Sister » Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:52 am

More evidence that this country is going the wrong way... thank you sham-lawyers, "well intentioned" school administrators, and coddling parents for ruining our youth.

I cringe to think how the next 2 generations of kids turn out. :-[
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Postby knapplc » Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:53 am

They could just stand in a circle with their hands in their pockets and breathe deeply. That's unlikely to hurt anyone. ;-7
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