Wednesday, October 18, 2006

A Nation of Wusses

A school in Massachusetts banned tag and other unsupervised contact games because of the fear that parents will sue the school if their children get hurt at recess. I don't know which is worse: the fact that our children are further being coddled or the fact that we live in a society where people would sue a school because their children got hurt on the playground while playing an innocent childhood game. What good are we doing our children by never allowing anything unpleasant to happen to them?

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Blogger Dim said...

Absolutely ridiculous and your question about which is worse is a great one. As a society, we are WAY too litigious and the coddling has to stop.

I'm gonna tell my kids to go outside and do what I used to do: Play live-action Frogger. And it made me the man I am today.

- D.

10/18/2006 12:36 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Oh man, you do not want to get me started on a question like that. But now I can't help myself. :)

The "positive atmosphere" style of parenting is ruining this country. It's producing a nation of entitled a**holes. Sure, it sucks to not get what you want from the moment you emerge from the womb and it's kind of a drag not being told that everything emanating from you be it solid, liquid or gas is art. But boring as it may be to hear, it does have a huge impact on the type of person a child grows up to be. Being disappointed is part of life. There's no appreciation of happiness and accomplishment without it. End of rant. :)

10/18/2006 1:11 PM  
Blogger March to the Sea said...

that town is inside 20 minutes from me....

10/18/2006 1:58 PM  
Blogger metamorphose said...

And people already complain that they don't get enough exercise. Ugh. In a few years, all of our children will have to go too school in bulletproof bubbles.

10/18/2006 4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, good Lord. It's bad enough what I have to stop kids from doing - such as singing Happy Birthday in the cafeteria, lest someone feel bad that it's not THEIR birthday - I don't need this bullshit, too. My kids don't play tag, but they do play quite unfair soccer. They beat the hell out of each other, then practically clap one another on the back and joke about it. Kids don't care - the parents are the psychos.

10/18/2006 6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In one year of elementary school, two kids in my class of 50 broke arms. It was nothing unusual. Then again, I grew up in a school where they paddled you sans hesitation.

To me, part of childhood is playing tag and tackle football and getting hurt. That's one of the best things about being a kid. Stupid parents.

10/19/2006 3:11 AM  
Blogger Hotwire said...

you have hit on one of the things at the top of my list of 2,000 that really piss me off.

while my kids' school has gone out of their way to turn the kids into a lump of wussies, they have yet to ban tag, but i'm sure that it's coming. and when it does, you may see my name in the paper as the father who went postal in the middle of a pto meeting.

10/19/2006 8:08 AM  
Blogger B. said...

I have a parent who is furious that her child got a cut on his finger last week and I didn't call home about it--I did what any NORMAL person would do. I made him wash it and gave him a band-aid.

10/23/2006 7:13 PM  

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