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School ditches rules and loses bullies
TVNZ [New Zealand], by Staff

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Posted By:Judy W., 1/28/2014 6:26:45 AM

Ripping up the playground rulebook is having incredible effects on children at an Auckland school. Chaos may reign at Swanson Primary School with children climbing trees, riding skateboards and playing bullrush during playtime, but surprisingly the students don´t cause bedlam, the principal says. The school is actually seeing a drop in bullying, serious injuries and vandalism, while concentration levels in class are increasing. Principal Bruce McLachlan rid the school of playtime rules as part of a successful university experiment. "We want kids to be safe and to look after them, but we end up wrapping them in cotton wool when in fact they should

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This is wonderful but also bizarre. We´ve reached a point where letting kids play freely has to be an experiment. This attitude is prevalent here as much as in New Zealand.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: nonsense, 1/28/2014 7:08:02 AM     (No. 9708494)

Rules brought to you by the Leftists/Liberals/Progressives. Their tyrannical control of every aspect of a human´s life has been disastrous.

The far Left in reality is incredibly Regressive. Dr. Michael Savage is correct, Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Deagin, 1/28/2014 7:34:54 AM     (No. 9708521)

I grew up in the 1950´s. In grade school we used to play in the street. It wasn´t a busy street but if a car came we would just get out of the way until it passed. No big deal.after school we would go to a local playground and play pick up games of baseball or football or basketball. No adults. We explored the different wooded areas around the neighborhood. We were so much freer than kids today. We became self reliant and imaginative as we made up our own games to play when we got bored. I´m glad I grew up when I did.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 1/28/2014 7:51:01 AM     (No. 9708542)

Here, here,#2 !
During lunchtime recess when I was in 6 th grade, the boys would play the 7 th graders in a game we called "kill the guy with the ball". The "ball" was a milk carton with a rock and some napkins stuffed inside. It was basically a game of team keep away where you would tackle the guy with the ball unless he could throw it to someone on his team before you got to him. The object was to maintain possession of the ball for as long as you could. The team with the ball when the bell rang was the winner. Half of the playing field was pavement. I still have a scar on my elbow from going down hard one time. I didn´t dare go to the school nurse for fear of being called a sissy, but my mother gave me hell when I got home for ruining my shirt.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MDConservative, 1/28/2014 7:55:59 AM     (No. 9708550)

Nothing happier than a boy with a jackknife and some farmers matches or a pocket magnifying glass. Those were the days!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Refried, 1/28/2014 8:00:53 AM     (No. 9708558)

Dittos to posters 2 & 3! All that and the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer at the start of school day. No gangs & no drugs. A golden time in American history.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 1/28/2014 8:18:47 AM     (No. 9708584)

This of course is absolute common sense which is uncommon in liberals Bullies, fascist dictators, and despots thrive in environments of repression. Without repression, there can be freedom to choose a corrective action. The introduction of repression in this country began with Woodrow Wilson and was enacted into Federal policy by FDR. Since that time, the goobernment has work in increment, insidious enactment of ever increasing repression of the People. We are now to the point that we can´t decide what we drink, what we eat or even to express our opposition to the goobernment (think NSA, IRS, Discovery channel et al). IF the current rules were tossed out, the oppression of Fascist Dictator Obambi and his Gauleiters would soon come to an end.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/28/2014 8:19:41 AM     (No. 9708586)

Kids, when allowed to be kids, are great!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: chumley, 1/28/2014 8:37:22 AM     (No. 9708627)

#3, we had a game like that! The objet, as I recall, was to hold on to the ball (we had a real one) until just before you are about to get piled on, then hand it off to someone else.
We had a different name for it. It was called "smear the (odd fellow)". The word in place of odd lellow rhymes with smear. I wouldn´t want to have to go to special classes.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: enuf8, 1/28/2014 8:42:49 AM     (No. 9708633)

It´s about time common sense prevailed.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: babelfish30101, 1/28/2014 8:43:56 AM     (No. 9708637)

@ #3

We played that same game with a football. We called it "smear the queer", pretty sure we´d get expelled for hate crimes now.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ramona, 1/28/2014 9:23:07 AM     (No. 9708704)

Yes! this is what play advocates around the world are talking about (we even have conferences!). Here is what happened in an urban area (Buffalo) when kids were allowed to play with loose parts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hqfipwrIro

Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 12 - Posted by: harper, 1/28/2014 5:07:53 PM     (No. 9709514)

Our game in elementary school was British Bulldog. Lots of running, fighting and anyone caught playing got the strap. Those were the rules, but somehow the VP [a man] or the PE teacher [a man] were curiously slow to respond and actually catch anyone. But we sure ran like hell when we heard the first shouts from a comfortably long way away...and no more BB for a few weeks.

One day one of the "tough kids" got the idea of starting a gang. It gained some traction, probably because initiation included lots of running and fighting and some basic daredevil stuff. Anyway, it got big enough that the VP [a man] and the PE teacher [a man] called all the boys into the gym and read the riot act to everyone. Scared the crap out of us and that was the last we saw of any gang.

Pretty hard to argue with men that could outrun you, outsmart you, and if need be, apply the strap in such a way to make even the tough guys blub.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: saguni, 1/28/2014 8:50:01 PM     (No. 9709674)

I realize that correlation is not causation, but...

Anybody else notice that the explosion of ADHD diagnosis happened just after they decided to curtail recess in favor of studying for tests??

A grade school not far from my home has a wide "sidewalk" walking path just inside their play yard fence, but no playground equipment.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Judy W., 1/29/2014 6:47:34 AM     (No. 9709912)

Thanks for the link, Ramona. If your email address were available I would email you.

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