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Subject: Public School Kids are not allowed to play tag anymore
Date Posted: 8/30/2007 1:33 PM ET
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Here in my neck of the woods, school officials have banned the game of tag on the playground. They want children to play games that involve less physical contact. TAG!!! It was one of the only things we liked to do at recess! With recess funding being cut nationwide, and less climbing equipment available to students, what do they expect them to do? Play patty-cake?

Article here

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 1:42 PM ET
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Yet another reason we homeschool.

 

I was at a homeschool meeting earlier this month, and the kids played....

 

Gasp!

 

 

Dodge Ball!

 

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 2:26 PM ET
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Dodge ball!  Isn't that considered assault?  Okay, just kidding.  I saw that headline too.  I guess some kids that didn't to play were getting chased.  So instead of dealing with the "bullying" just ban that activity altogether? Everyday there seems to be a new reason to be thankful for homeschooling.  Patty cake will probably be next because it involves actual contact.

I remember playing bloody knuckles on indoor recess with my best friend in 6th grade.  It sounds gross now, but it involved a large pocket comb (OMG, now I'm really dating myself) being scraped over your bare knuckles.  Probably couldn't do that now.  I've since traded in the comb, but still have the friend. 

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 3:15 PM ET
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Oh, give me a break!  And they complain about the obese children in our country, yet they stop them from running around and being active!!  I don't know what my boys would do if I restricted their 'recess' time to non-violent play!  LOL

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 3:31 PM ET
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That's just silly! Kids need exercise. They won't let elementary boys & girls sit together on the bus here. My son keeps asking why. I don't want to have to tell him "because the school has dirty minds son".

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 3:39 PM ET
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They banned dodgeball here. I saw a story awhile back where Portland Oregon was going to remove swings from the playground.

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 4:26 PM ET
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REMOVE SWINGS!!!!!

Sheesh! The local elementary school here only has recess for 15 minutes now. They need extra time to study for the testing. @@

15 minute recess..school starts at 7:35 and ends at 3:00...sun goes down as soon as it hits the mountain tops..so just after 4 for most of the school year...

Kids never get to be kids anymore.

I love home schooling.

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 11:52 PM ET
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The elementary school near where my kids' dad lives still, as of a couple weeks ago, still had its swings... and I believe it's technically over the line in Portland, and not in Gresham...

Merry-go-rounds and teeter-totters are the rare things in this area... and any older style metal climbing structure. All the schools are putting in those wood ones that look pretty, but have less to do/less room for kids, and are supposedly "safer".

 



Last Edited on: 8/30/07 11:56 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/31/2007 1:46 AM ET
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I let my kids play tag. I let them climb trees. I let them have physical contact. I let them dig with real shovels, too! Oh, and thye can always play on the swings, teh monkey bars, or whatever else tempts them  when they are on their own time.

And we say God in the classroom. AND pray.

So there.

:D

Date Posted: 9/2/2007 12:37 AM ET
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I heard about that on the radio--the consensus was that's about the stupidest thing ever.  You've got to make the anti-obesity argument, children need more exercise, chasing each other is good exercise(so basic, yet so complicated for school administrators to comprehend).  Sigh.