Schools Discourage Kids from Using Playgrounds

Ahhh, the nanny state continues to grow by leaps and bounds, unlike the school children who are now told “not to run” and are advised against using the swings, merry-go-rounds, and teeter-totters. Apparently, fun involves risk and parents don’t want to take that chance. And neither do the county officials that are worried about lawsuits.

The National Program for Playground Safety (I wish I was making this up) is one of the organizations trying to get rid of the classics, stating that “Kids aren’t using them the way they’re supposed to.” Apparently one can’t try to launch their kid brother in the air with a teeter-totter anymore. I guess we should just put fences around the playgrounds and have kids just imagine having fun with them. In fact, we can put vending machine right next to them so they can get fatter too!

Getting back to the amusing NPPS, if you’re a parent that doesn’t know how to have fun, you can actually buy videos that will give you step by step instructions on how to make your child equally not fun and overly protected from such harms as “the plastic seat was hot” and “the monkey bars were too cold.”

  1. It sounds kind of like this.

    Sit down shut up the hell up there will be no physical activity no room for individuality I am in charge here and damnit your going to listen.

    The joys of public education.

  2. Ahhh, the nanny state continues to grow by leaps and bounds, unlike the school children who are now told “not to run” . . .

    I would think you meant, “not unlike the school children” . . . who are definitely growing a little more than they should.

    Public school has gotten absolutely ridiculous. Sending a child to one of these schools should be considered a form of abuse.

  3. LOL

    good point IO Error… I was thinking of a clever way to phrase that, and I may have mixed up my metaphors. I was actually referencing the “leaps and bounds”, but true, the children are growing at a phenomenal rate.

  4. I agree. They should not ban recess for these kids!

    All we hear about today is childhood obesity! Do you think this lack of activity, as a result of doing away with the playgound, will make our kids healthier? No!

    On the other hand, I will not defend private schools. I attended a private school until the 7th. grade. Let me tell you, it was awful! I would not recommend a private school to anyone. That’s just my opinion, I guess.