Sit Down and Shut Up
More and more schools are banning traditional playground games, including touch football and soccer, saying they’re too “dangerous.” Tag is banned at Freedom Elementary School in Cheyenne, Wyo., because it “progresses easily into slapping and hitting and pushing instead of just touching,” said Principal Cindy Farwell. “You’re taking away the physical development of the children,” complains Prof. Joe Frost of the University of Texas-Austin, a specialist in childhood education. “Having time for play is essential for children to keep their weight under control.” (USA Today) ...If it weren’t for all the sex they’re having with their teachers, some kids wouldn’t get any exercise at all.
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