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    Not it! Mass. elementary school bans tag

    ATTLEBORO, Mass. - 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.
    Elementary schools in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Spokane, Wash., also recently banned tag during recess. A suburban Charleston, S.C., 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.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061018/...ground_tag_ban
    And everyone wonders why so many children are being prescribed Ritalin. Children aren't being permitted to go out during recess and burn off all of the built up energy inside of them, not to mention the lack of exercise, the poor nutrition provided in public schools and the rising obesity rate amongst children.

    Will you please let our children be children and let them play? :rolleyes2

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    Good lord...what next. We are a nation of overweight, TV watching and computer surfing slobs and this just gives our kids another leg up on their journey to be couch potatoes.
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    According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids


    in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or even the early 80's, probably shouldn't

    have survived. Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based

    paint. We had nochildproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets, and

    when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention the risks we

    took hitchhiking.)



    As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors! We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

    We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one

    actually died from this.



    We would spend hours building our go-carts out of wood scraps fruit crates and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us by cell phone. Unthinkable! We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all,no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones,personal computers, or Internet chat rooms. We had neighborhood friends! We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt. We played other games such as Kick the Can and Capture the Flag. We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us.



    We had fights and punched each other and got black

    and blue and learned to get over it. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and

    ate worms, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out

    very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever. We rode bikes or

    walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or

    just walked in. Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.



    Some of us weren't as smart as others, so we failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. Horrors! Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected, no one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law. Imagine that!

    This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever.



    The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. And you're one of

    them. Congratulations! Please pass this on to others who have had the luck

    to grow up as kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for

    our own good.

    Players come and go, but I will always be a Miami Dolphins Fan first and foremost.




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    This is just dumb.

    Like George Carlin said, one more step in the pussification of our youth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphan7
    According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids


    in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or even the early 80's, probably shouldn't

    have survived. Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based

    paint. We had nochildproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets, and

    when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention the risks we

    took hitchhiking.)



    As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors! We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

    We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one

    actually died from this.



    We would spend hours building our go-carts out of wood scraps fruit crates and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us by cell phone. Unthinkable! We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all,no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones,personal computers, or Internet chat rooms. We had neighborhood friends! We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt. We played other games such as Kick the Can and Capture the Flag. We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us.



    We had fights and punched each other and got black

    and blue and learned to get over it. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and

    ate worms, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out

    very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever. We rode bikes or

    walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or

    just walked in. Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.



    Some of us weren't as smart as others, so we failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. Horrors! Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected, no one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law. Imagine that!

    This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever.



    The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. And you're one of

    them. Congratulations! Please pass this on to others who have had the luck

    to grow up as kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for

    our own good.
    Wow...great post, bro
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtkin
    Wow...great post, bro
    its not his...he forgot to link it.

    http://www.collegecharlie.com/kids.html
    or
    http://www.mgkscot.co.uk/young.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by death7star
    It's still good stuff. Thanks for the link, bro
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphan7
    According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids


    in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or even the early 80's, probably shouldn't

    have survived. Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based

    paint. We had nochildproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets, and

    when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention the risks we

    took hitchhiking.)



    As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors! We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

    We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one

    actually died from this.



    We would spend hours building our go-carts out of wood scraps fruit crates and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us by cell phone. Unthinkable! We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all,no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones,personal computers, or Internet chat rooms. We had neighborhood friends! We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt. We played other games such as Kick the Can and Capture the Flag. We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us.



    We had fights and punched each other and got black

    and blue and learned to get over it. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and

    ate worms, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out

    very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever. We rode bikes or

    walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or

    just walked in. Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.



    Some of us weren't as smart as others, so we failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. Horrors! Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected, no one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law. Imagine that!

    This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever.



    The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. And you're one of

    them. Congratulations! Please pass this on to others who have had the luck

    to grow up as kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for

    our own good.
    Thanks for posting that.

    I had seen that before in an e-mail an really enjoyed it.

    It is amazing the extent to which the children of today are not allowed to live as children..

    I take my 2 & 3 year old boys outside to play at every opportunity -we went to Metrozoo, the beach and 2 different playgrounds just last weekend.

    Kids need to be outside running around.
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    This REALLY pisses me off. Other examples of this type of ridiculousness:

    --Grading in purple ink, because red ink may bring the child stress
    --Not keeping score in various games so that there are no "losers"
    --everybody getting a trophy no matter how lame the performance
    and my personal favorite--having children skip rope without the actual rope. This way they can't trip over the rope and feel failure.

    Why don't we just get it over with and make our children where helmets 24/7. There can be a special bed helmet so they can't hit their heads against a pillow or something.
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    Well, I think we are missing a point, It does not read like this measure is there to protect the children, at least to me it reads like it is being set to protect the school.

    touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess for fear they'll get hurt and hold the school liable.
    So it is not really an issue of schools "*****ficating" children, but more of the ridiculous overprotecting parents, who try to take advantage of public schools thanks to the ridiculous oversueing oportunities in america.




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