Skip to comments.Colorado School Bans Game of Tag on Playground
Posted on 08/31/2007 3:51:34 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
Springs elementary gives tag a timeout By BRIAN NEWSOME THE GAZETTE
On the playground of a northern Colorado Springs elementary school, tag is not it.
The touch-and-run game and any other form of chasing was banned this year at Discovery Canyon Campus elementary school by administrators who say it fuels schoolyard disputes.
It causes a lot of conflict on the playground, said Assistant Principal Cindy Fesgen. In the first days of school, before tag was banned, she said students would complain to her about being chased or harassed.
Fesgen said she would hear: Well, I dont want to be chased, but he wont stop chasing me, or she wont stop chasing me.
Fesgen said two parents complained to her about the demise of tag, but she said that generally, parents and children didnt fuss about the new rules. Running games are still OK, she said, as long as students dont run after one another.
The Academy School District 20 elementary school isnt the first in the Pikes Peak region to take issue with traditional recess games.
In 2005, two elementaries in Falcon School District 49 adopted a structured recess program, Trouble-Free Playground, that did away with games like tag in favor of alternative activities that cut down on physical contact. Evans and Meridian Ranch elementaries said the program encouraged more students to play games and helped reduce playground squabbles.
Nationally, several schools have done away with tag and other games because of the accidents and arguments they can lead to. Its a trend that has rankled some parents and childhood experts who say games such as tag contribute to childrens social and physical development.
Fesgen, who has supervised playgrounds for more than 20 years, said this is not the first school where shes restricted chase games. She still believes in free play. Students can run races and run around with friends, she said.
There is plenty for them to do, she said.
In 2005, two elementaries in Falcon School District 49 adopted a structured recess program, Trouble-Free Playground, that did away with chasing games in favor of other activities that cut down on physical contact. Evans and Meridian Ranch elementaries said the program helped reduce playground squabbles.
We too. Once I got nailed just above an eye and took several stitches. We also used bamboo spears, but I don't recall any serious mishaps from that. The worst mishap of all, while playing chase games. was running full speed into the metal cable of a clothesline positioned at my eye level. They had to glue that wound. There were no fat kids in my circle of friends and we all somehow survived childhood.
Kenny Maine, ESPN during football highlights “he’s running like people are chasing him”..
Um, so does this mean “smear the queer” is out too?
So much for the BS socialization argument that socialists use against us home-schoolers.
Let’s all make SURE none of these kids grow up with the ability to deal with conflicts cause we ALL KNOW that in the adult world, everyone is at peace with one another....
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