From Yahoo! News:
Hmmm…let’s see if we can apply the lessons of this article, an apt function for the role of a school:
[li]Many drivers feel harassed on the road; the obvious solution is to ban cars.[/li][li]Clearly the subversive running games known in street slang as “baseball”, “touch football”, and “soccer” are verboten, as they involve students chasing after opponents to tag, touch-tackle, or get the ball.[/li][li]If something doesn’t go your way, just complain, whine, and moan until you ruin it for everyone. We all know adults just can be bothered with the herculean task of breaking up playground squabbles between 8-10 year-olds roughly half their size, much less actively organize activities themselves that guarantee child participation (rather than rely on the local bully). And, of course, the few adults that would actually bother can be scared away by the lawsuit boogeyman.[/li][/ul]
Really, I have no patience for this type of nonsense in education, where teachers and principals must think their primary role is to provide students with a textbook definition of “irony” as they act like the most idiotic adults in the known universe.
I really don’t know if there’s much to debate here, but I’d love for someone to defend this practice. IMO this is silly in the extreme, the product of a suburban ethic cultivated under such a steady stream of media angst that it can’t bear the thought of little Johnny and Jane feeling the slightest twinge of discomfort.