Friday, August 31, 2007

Banning Tag? No Wonder Kids Are Obese

This is so idiotic -
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - An elementary school has banned tag on its playground after some children complained they were harassed or chased against their will.

"It causes a lot of conflict on the playground," said Cindy Fesgen, assistant principal of the Discovery Canyon Campus school.

Running games are still allowed as long as students don't chase each other, she said.

Fesgen said two parents complained to her about the ban but most parents and children didn't object.

In 2005, two elementary schools in the nearby Falcon School District did away with tag and similar games in favor of alternatives with less physical contact. School officials said the move encouraged more students to play games and helped reduce playground squabbles.
Does anyone remember what recess is supposed to be about?

Recess is a general term for a period of time in which a group of people are temporarily dismissed from their duties. According to Wiki it is:
typically ten to thirty minutes, in elementary school where students are allowed to leave the school's interior to enter its adjacent outdoor playground, where they can play on such recreational equipment as seesaws and swing sets, or engage in activities such as basketball or four square. Although no formal education exists during recess (this fact being touted most often by the children themselves), sociologists and psychologists consider recess an integral portion of child development, to teach them the importance of social skills and physical education.
It also helps the kids blow off steam and have some fun. Most sports games are based on the idea that you have to chase after someone or something. Games are supposed to include some element of conflict. Conflict, and learning to deal with it, are also an educational experiences. I'd say many kids in the past learned to deal with conflict in the playground. Perhaps by banning tag all together these adults are being a bit over protective - or maybe this is really more about the school's liability.

The simple solution to the problem of kids complaining of being harassed or chased against their will, is to speak to the perpetrators and maybe even punish them - not to ban games for everyone.

They've banned cupcakes and cell phones and ipods, sledding, and now tag. Maybe we need to put a ban on banning things.

Oh well, as my daughter would say, "The fun-suckers have struck again."
(Fun-suckers are people who suck the fun out of everything)

Maybe the kids can play a nice quiet game of cards or mah-jong during recess.