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post #1 of 23
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Hello!

As I'm driving in to work this morning the hot topic on the talk show I started listening to was about how grade schools are starting to ban playground games like Dodge Ball and even Tag (they reported that one elementary school in Spokane Washington did this).

The talk show was trying to argue that schools are beginning to "baby" the children to much. I can see their point of view...however I'm also thinking schools are starting to do this to avoid a potential lawsuit by parents (i.e. the parents that misunderstand that school is NOT daycare).
IMO, keep the stupid games on the playground. If Tag is deemed "to dangerous" then you have a problem with discipline in the school as probably too many kids were getting hurt (of course I won't discount that the teacher may have done this, but this part may have never made it to the papers). Heck, I remember playing the game "Crack the Whip". We started to play it after visiting an art museum and seeing children of the 1800/1900s playing this game. That's how we learned how to play Crack the Whip. I remember being "cracked off" the whip, doing a couple of somersaults on the ground, laying there a minute while I collected myself and got right back up and waited for the new whip. That was a crazy dangeroud game, but heck, I got right back up. I didn't care, it was fun!

What are your thoughts?
post #2 of 23
I think it is getting ridiculous. I mean dogeball? I played that everyday in elementary school. THe balls we used didn't even hurt that much when you got hit in the face with it. Tag is even worse. The worse thing that you do in tag is push someone down or fall while running. If this keeps going at the rate it is recess will be reading a book under a tree. This is exercise for these kids. It keeps them active.These kids need the exercise!!
post #3 of 23
Over here in the UK they say theres so many kids overweight because they don't play out like they used to, and it's true.

The amount of scrapes and cuts i had through playing tag, hide and seek etc.... but hey, i'm still here!!.
post #4 of 23
I think it's all a bunch of foolishness! Banning Tag and Dodgeball.... We played dogeball in gymclass every year in grade school, all the kids did and no one got hurt and the school certainly never got sued or any of that nonsense! Schools are defintely babying kids way too much nowadays. I mean that's a part of growing up, playing games, falling down, scraped knees, etc. Everyone is talking about how kids need to be more active, yet they are talking about banning games at recess and all that?!? I swear, the more if hear about this stuff, the less I want to have children. I certainly don't want to bring a child into a world where their schooling is so restricted...no games are recess, no Halloween parties or Christmas Concerts!
post #5 of 23
Of course it's a bunch of foolishness, but in this litigious society we live in, little Johnny can't scrape his knee without Mummy and Daddy suing the pants off anyone within 50 miles, especially any entity supposedly concerned with his wellbeing. There's no such thing as an "accident" anymore -- it's at best someone's "negligence". So to protect the school from this kind of nonsense, they endanger the kids' health by not allowing them healthy exercise -- great!
post #6 of 23
And it all comes down to GREED. Sue happy (greedy) people want easy money from somebody for ANYTHING they can think of which causes everyone to be over-cautious about EVERYTHING and our whole population is being denied/restricted/paranoid and losing out.
post #7 of 23
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Yes! It all goes back to (well in my mind anyhoo) the McDonalds Coffee lady incident where she got $1 Mil because the coffee gave her second degree burns on her leg.
Plus I feel bad for the teachers nowadays...most parents expect them to be their child's day care center worker, where they blame the teachers if anything goes wrong. Parents and teachers should both be involved in a child's exercise: Yes. Teachers should ultimately rule children: No. They don't get paid enough to do all of that.

And I agree on the exercise. If you think the games are too violent, hand them a portable video game...that'll teach them to be fat and lazy. Grrr...
post #8 of 23
I was the kid who got wacked with the ball all the time because I had little or no coordination! I still thought it was fun though. It seems silly to me that dodgeball would be banned. They could just deflate the balls a little bit so it doesn't hurt to get hit- that's what our school had always done. My husband's school had a game called "koosh-ball bombardment", now that sounds extra fun! They had a ton of koosh balls and used them like dodgeball.

Parent's are just too freaked out that their kids might get a little bit hurt or that their feelings might get hurt and I just think it's silly. Let kids play and have fun. We have such a huge problem with obesity and type II diabetes among young kids, I can't believe people are trying to prevent exercise.
post #9 of 23
I was the kid who wore glasses and got smacked in the face all the time with dodgeballs (I remember bleeding once) and still thought it was great fun. Some girl kicked my brother in the head accidently on the monkey bars and gave him a bloody nose, but its the hazard of being a kid! Honestly, people are too sensitive and overprotective now-a-days. And we wonder why our children grow up thinking that everything is owed them and they don't have to work for anything....
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by esrgirl
Parent's are just too freaked out that their kids might get a little bit hurt or that their feelings might get hurt and I just think it's silly. Let kids play and have fun. We have such a huge problem with obesity and type II diabetes among young kids, I can't believe people are trying to prevent exercise.
Its probably the parents that DID get whacked in the face with a dodge ball when they were a kid and considered it traumatic! If they sue, IMO they should take what money they win and go into therapy AND GET OVER IT!
post #11 of 23
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Before I forget, here are the articles.

Tag Banned from WA school

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NY lawsuit questions safety of Dodge ball
post #12 of 23
The girl in the dodgeball case didn't even break her elbow by getting hit with a ball. She got tangled with another student and fell. That could happen at anytime, for cryin' out loud.
post #13 of 23
Reading stuff like this just make s me so happy I have decided to have finned and four legged kids...

I was not a cordinated kid but I lived thru tag and dodgeball without any injurys other than a bruise or two
post #14 of 23
Going to grade school in the 1960's our playground equipment was installed on blacktop. If you fell from the money bars it was a good chance it was going to hurt!!! We even had a HUGH steep hill behind the school where we would sled down on pieces of cardboard during recess. Don't ask me where the cardboard came from!! Tag/dodgeball/jumping rope all part of growing up. Most of these parents played these games growing up!!
How are kids suppose to socialize???? A niece and nephew of mine took their two small children to the Y for playing -the older (4 yrs) didn't know what to do with a basketball!!! But they can do lots on a computer. So sad!!
post #15 of 23
It's ridiculous. I don't know about my elementary school, but right after I moved to high school, my juniour high school took out the playground because it was "too dangerous." Sure, a couple of kids have hurt themselves (one girl slipped and bashed her throat into the handlebar of the teeter-totter and split open the skin under her chin. She had to have stitches but was back in her classes later that day). The main reason I'm ticked about them taking out the playground was because my whole generation has good memories about the playground. The elementary school is just a couple of yards away, so sometimes, as a really special treat, teachers at the elementary school would bring the kids over to the "big kid playground" and let them play. Now future generations aren't going to get to experience that.

And in place of the playground is a great big basketball court, but there aren't any of those netting things on the hoops. Just one big, empty concrete floor with 6 basketball hoops that nobody plays with (as far as I know. I'm sure the cliques hang out there and can only talk and do nothing else).

And the high school banned backpacks (believe it or not). The year I left and my sister went in, she told me that you can't bring your backpack with you. You have to leave it in your locker and bring the books with you instead. If you ask me, that's stupid beyond belief.
post #16 of 23
The playground at my elementary school was on blacktop as well (that probably wasn't the greatest idea).

I'm sure there isn't a playground around that has a teeter-totter anymore.

Remember tether ball? It's been banned here because they are afraid someone will get strangled playing.

Crack the whip... I totally forgot about that game until I read this thread - that was tons of fun.

Remember red rover, red rover - gee, someone could have broken their arm or dislocated something!

My husband is a soccer coach and his kids (high school age) play (on their own) a game called "muff" YIKES - that is an extreme version of dodgeball, but they LOVE it.

I think kids can/will get hurt doing most anything. I think the environment should be safe, but gee... this all sounds a bit extreme.
post #17 of 23
I went to a verrry small private school and even in my class there were 2 kids that were seriously injured on the playground. One fractured his skull and was out of school for like 2 yrs, never was the same, and another completely shattered his arm and had to have like 14 pins placed in it. Neither sued the school. But today they might. I don't know. I might too.
post #18 of 23
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Plus I feel bad for the teachers nowadays...most parents expect them to be their child's day care center worker, where they blame the teachers if anything goes wrong. Parents and teachers should both be involved in a child's exercise: Yes. Teachers should ultimately rule children: No. They don't get paid enough to do all of that.
~Thank-you! from a teacher (without a job because I just graduated!)
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by catlover67
~Thank-you! from a teacher (without a job because I just graduated!)
No problem! I've had plenty of teacher friends (who had to get a summer job to help pay for their living). So I totally support teachers!
post #20 of 23
I remember a boy messing up his elbow pretty bad falling off the monkey bars. But kids need a way to interact and socialize! They are kids. Kids can get hurt in a padded room if you let them try. It is a fact of life. I dont know one person that doesn't have a scar somewhere on them from their childhood. I have tons! I know that the one on my leg was from rollerblading and i hit a iron gate, and the one on my eyebrow is from where my sister and me had a wooden coaster fight, I remember them fondly actually!! These people need to worry more about the education of these kids than what dodge ball might do to harm them!!
post #21 of 23
This is a one-note thread so I think I'll throw in a different viewpoint. Yes, I was the small skinny girl that hated sports and P.E. because I found it boring and uninteresting.

That said I can understand the teachers who banned tag because it was just too difficult to control. I'm sure there are other activities the kids can do that are just as much fun. In Los Angeles the kids play hand ball. That doesn't take too much room and they look like they're having a lot of fun. Both boys and girls play it from elementary school through middle school. Frankly I'm for the teachers not being forced to supervise games that are just very hard to keep from getting out of hand.

And since dodge ball is criticized at not being an effective sport for getting exercise -- why include it? That koosh ball sounded like fun. I'm sure that there are many more effective forms of exercise that have been devised that the kids can have a lot of fun playing.

For the record, my favorite games were hop scotch, tag, and swinging. Someone put a big pile of sand in front of the playground swings and I loved jumping into it. Oh, and riding my bicycle.


Most of the games I had fun playing have been banned or changed for safety's sake. I don't see anything wrong with that. Yes the kids need exercise, but why not make it as safe as possible?
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by GailC
Going to grade school in the 1960's our playground equipment was installed on blacktop. If you fell from the money bars it was a good chance it was going to hurt!!! We even had a HUGH steep hill behind the school where we would sled down on pieces of cardboard during recess. Don't ask me where the cardboard came from!! Tag/dodgeball/jumping rope all part of growing up. Most of these parents played these games growing up!!
Gail! I think we went to the same school! Oops, no, our hill was across the street. Wednesdays we were allowed to bring our sledding equipment and had a long recess so we could slide.
Remember the thing you jumped on and went round and round and then got sick? Same equipment as in front of the drive-in theatre.
On the weekends my cousins and I would hook up a toboggan (I wish spellchecker worked for me) behind a snowmobile. "Watch out for that tree!!!" At least there were no guns on our playground!

With that said, the way the world has become, I have to admit that if I had children, I would probably put them in a bubble.
post #23 of 23
Falling and getting hurt is part of childhood for crying out loud.

This country is just getting lamer and lamer and weaker and weaker.

Make those kids fatter, that's the ticket.
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