Good Lord. So when all these kids graduate high school and head for the Real World, they’re going to find themselves completely unequipped to think for themselves, resolve their own conflicts, imagine solutions to problems, without the intervention of a Person in Authority? We’re raising sheeple.
Feh. When I was a kid some of the boys spent 4 whole days worth of recesses making the World’s Biggest Snowball. This thing was taller than our principal. On Friday they shoved it down the big hill and knocked a bunch of kids flying like tenpins. These days they’d probably be charged with assault and suspended, never mind they were only 9 years old and the other kids were running to deliberately jump into the snowball’s path, because to get knocked ass over teakettle by a 7 foot snowball was, like, awesome. Kids are a lot tougher, physically and emotionally, than we give them credit for, and these schools aren’t doing them any favors by not letting them screw up for themselves.
I’m not advocating mass carnage and anarchy; by all means adults should be on hand to put a stop to bloodshed and overt cruelty. But they should be in the background, eyeballing the little barbarians from the shadows, not out in the middle of things press-ganging children into relay races.