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At McLean School, Playing Tag Turns Into Hot Potato
Washington Post ^ | 4/15/2008 | Michael Alison Chandler

Posted on 04/15/2008 1:10:36 PM PDT by Proverbs 3-5

A playground pastime is getting a timeout this spring at a McLean elementary school.

Robyn Hooker, principal of Kent Gardens Elementary School, has told students they may no longer play tag during recess after determining that the game of chasing, dodging and yelling "You're it!" had gotten out of hand. Hooker explained to parents in a letter this month that tag had become a game "of intense aggression."

The principal said that her goal is to keep students safe and that she hopes to restore tag (as well as touch football, also now on hold) after teachers and administrators review recess policies.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: ban; childhood; fairfaxcounty; mcclean; nannystate; playground; schools; tag; youreit
I suppose Smear The Queer is out too?
1 posted on 04/15/2008 1:10:37 PM PDT by Proverbs 3-5
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To: Proverbs 3-5

Took the words right out of my mouth.

The bubble wrapping of society continues...


2 posted on 04/15/2008 1:11:59 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: Proverbs 3-5

Next: Students will not be allowed to wipe their own bottoms after pottying.


3 posted on 04/15/2008 1:12:41 PM PDT by Eurale
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To: Proverbs 3-5

>Robyn Hooker

This is *exactly* why female principals are a mistake.

The feminization of our boys is in full swing.


4 posted on 04/15/2008 1:13:04 PM PDT by ROTB (Our Constitution [is] for a [Christian] people. It is wholly inadequate [for] any other. -John Adams)
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To: Slapshot68
Back around 1970 I broke my collar bone running (back to class) during recess, neither my parents or I wanted recess canceled...
5 posted on 04/15/2008 1:13:52 PM PDT by Proverbs 3-5
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To: ROTB

Hookers weren’t allowed in school back in my day...


6 posted on 04/15/2008 1:14:34 PM PDT by Proverbs 3-5
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To: ROTB

I have no love for the eduKKKrats, but I wonder if the greedy trial lawyer parasites aren’t more to blame for this.


7 posted on 04/15/2008 1:14:41 PM PDT by lesser_satan (Vote McCain - The Choice who Sucks Less!)
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To: Proverbs 3-5

They’re making kids into sissies!


8 posted on 04/15/2008 1:16:34 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Proverbs 3-5
Robyn Hooker, principal of Kent Gardens Elementary School, has told students they may no longer play tag during recess after determining that the game of chasing, dodging and yelling "You're it!" had gotten out of hand. Hooker explained to parents in a letter this month that tag had become a game "of intense aggression."

Maybe they'e playing full body contact tag.

Yeah.

You're still "It" unless you flying-tackle little Billy.

9 posted on 04/15/2008 1:22:24 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Typical White Person)
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To: Proverbs 3-5
"The principal said that her goal is to keep students safe..."

Keeping Our Own Kids Safe
10 posted on 04/15/2008 1:22:27 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Act Swiftly Awesome Pachyderm!)
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To: nmh
They’re making kids into sissies!

So that they'll grow up into reliable little socialists.

11 posted on 04/15/2008 1:22:28 PM PDT by thulldud (Insanity: Electing John McCain again and expecting a different result.)
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To: Proverbs 3-5
Similar story last August in Colorado http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1889607/posts
12 posted on 04/15/2008 1:24:49 PM PDT by Proverbs 3-5
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To: Proverbs 3-5
In addition to bungee-jumping and scuba diving, students are not permitted to break dance or play dodge ball or tug-of-war.

Huh? What planet did bungee-jumping or scuba diving ever occur at recess?

Its only a matter of time before recess becomes this!


13 posted on 04/15/2008 1:25:17 PM PDT by OCC
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To: Proverbs 3-5

That’s becasue they realized you were an uncoordinated klutz! :-)


14 posted on 04/15/2008 1:26:22 PM PDT by marlon
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To: thulldud

And this is why they aren’t allowed to stand to pee any more....


15 posted on 04/15/2008 1:27:21 PM PDT by fightinbluhen51 ("...If it moves, tax it, if it moves faster, regulate it, if it stops, subsidise it.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Maybe they’e playing full body contact tag.”

That is what the problem is in this case. Tag is one thing, slamming kids to the ground is another. As is grabbing them by the extremities or the neck to effect a fall.


16 posted on 04/15/2008 1:27:33 PM PDT by swmobuffalo ("We didn't seek the approval of Code Pink and MoveOn.org before deciding what to do")
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To: Proverbs 3-5

Of course, dog piling is only allowed in bath houses these days.


17 posted on 04/15/2008 1:28:22 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Proverbs 3-5

Seems silly to clamp down on a cardio activity while kids are getting more and more obese (or so we hear).

Maybe it’s easier to do “other” things if you can keep them from running....if you know what I mean.

It stinks, that’s all.


18 posted on 04/15/2008 1:29:24 PM PDT by austinaero
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To: Proverbs 3-5

That was one of our all time favorites as kids!


19 posted on 04/15/2008 1:33:18 PM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: OCC

Everything that is not forbidden is mandatory. (Or is it the other way around?)


20 posted on 04/15/2008 1:33:31 PM PDT by thulldud (Insanity: Electing John McCain again and expecting a different result.)
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To: Proverbs 3-5

Didn’t Monk cover this in an episode?


21 posted on 04/15/2008 1:35:37 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: Proverbs 3-5

I totally forgot about that game.

LOL.....


22 posted on 04/15/2008 1:36:21 PM PDT by Shyla
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To: thulldud
Yup!

It's all about FEEELLLIIINNGGSSSS!

Oh, oh, oh feelings.

Can you imagine these empty headed, cowards defending our country if we have a war on our soil?

They've been taught to be petrified of a GUN!!!

Heck, they won't have to fight us. All they'll have to do is insult them verbally and they'll cry and submit. The sight of a gun may cause many to faint.

23 posted on 04/15/2008 1:43:15 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Shyla

24 posted on 04/15/2008 1:44:48 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: kingattax

LOL. What the Hell???


25 posted on 04/15/2008 2:05:57 PM PDT by ohioman
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To: ROTB

“intense aggression” = boys playing and getting it out of their system.

Now they’re going to wonder why there’s more “violence” in the hallways, classrooms, and after school.


26 posted on 04/15/2008 2:08:11 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Proverbs 3-5
Hooker explained to parents in a letter this month that tag had become a game "of intense aggression."

The inmates really are running the asylum.

27 posted on 04/15/2008 2:10:44 PM PDT by E. Cartman (Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.)
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To: E. Cartman

I saw this happening to my son in the nineties.(Sissyfication) What did I do ? Took him to Nascar races in the infield,taught him to handle a gun then to hunt . Dang, now he is a better shot than I am & he loves and respects women and America too !


28 posted on 04/15/2008 2:28:12 PM PDT by bewaregovco
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To: bewaregovco

Welcome to FR.

I did the same for my Daughters.


29 posted on 04/15/2008 2:39:12 PM PDT by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: Proverbs 3-5
Actually, after reading the article, I don't think that their actions are unreasonable.

This tag involves grabbing people who do not necessarily know they are playing and possibly bumping them to the ground. "Then the kids do 'pyramiding' or 'towering.' They pile on each other. [Sometimes] they call it 'jailhouse' or 'jailbreak,' " because the child has to break out, she said.

Sometimes kids get out of control, and it is necessary to restore a reasonable level of order.

This tag involves grabbing people who do not necessarily know they are playing and possibly bumping them to the ground. "Then the kids do 'pyramiding' or 'towering.' They pile on each other. [Sometimes] they call it 'jailhouse' or 'jailbreak,' " because the child has to break out, she said.

Since the prohibition began early this month, physical education teachers have begun a "chasing, fleeing and dodging" unit in first through fifth grades. Students essentially play variations of tag, and the teachers remind them about safety rules and point out the athletic skills they can transfer to other sports, said Sue Straits, a PE teacher.

So basically they can still play tag, and likely will be able to play tag on the playground once again once the school figures out some reasonable rules for what is allowed and what isn't.

It does sound like some of the kids were being overly aggressive to the point where kids were going to get hurt.

They didn't try a zero tolerance approach and call the police and have the kids charged with assault. They just suspended tag long enough to get their teachers on top of the problem.

I'd have rather they just disciplined the particular kids that were causing the problem, but it sounds like the problem was widespread enough that their approach is reasonable.

30 posted on 04/15/2008 2:44:11 PM PDT by untrained skeptic
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there are other ways to handle unruly kids or kids that go too far than to prohibit a game, even temporarily. Studying the problem isn't the solution. Discipline the problem kids. Simple.
31 posted on 04/15/2008 5:47:42 PM PDT by Proverbs 3-5
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To: ohioman

The old game of Smear the Queer...now it means something else...sadly.......

Kinda if a tag, red rover game....

As kids bacck in the day, fun.

Now. hell..........


32 posted on 04/15/2008 7:39:32 PM PDT by Shyla
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To: Proverbs 3-5
there are other ways to handle unruly kids or kids that go too far than to prohibit a game, even temporarily. Studying the problem isn't the solution. Discipline the problem kids. Simple.

Disciplining the kids properly is the solution.

However, haven't we seen more than enough examples of improper discipline.

I don't think there's enough information in the article to tell if they are handling this really well or not, but since they only seem to be temporarily banning tag, and are doing so because it was getting far out of hand, it sure doesn't seem like they are taking a really bad approach, and might even be taking a reasonable approach based on the situation.

They didn't implement a one size, fits all, zero tolerance approach, and that should be recognized and commended. They gained control over a situation where the kids were out of control.

And they appear to be planning on addressing the problem, rather than just permanently banning any behavior that might be close to being a problem.

The could screw things up from where they are now, but I don't think they have done badly so far, despite the spin the author put on it.

33 posted on 04/16/2008 7:24:38 AM PDT by untrained skeptic
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