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School ditches rules and loses bullies (New Zeland)
TVNZ OneNews (New Zeland) ^ | Jan. 28, 2014 | tvnz staff

Posted on 01/28/2014 6:42:18 AM PST by libstripper

Ripping up the playground rulebook is having incredible effects on children at an Auckland school.

Chaos may reign at Swanson Primary School with children climbing trees, riding skateboards and playing bullrush during playtime, but surprisingly the students don't cause bedlam, the principal says.

The school is actually seeing a drop in bullying, serious injuries and vandalism, while concentration levels in class are increasing.

(Excerpt) Read more at tvnz.co.nz ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: discipline; freedom; schools
It would be nice to see some of our public schools get similar common sense. Sort of like letting kids play with dogs and sleep with them. They may get a few minor infections but it overall strengthens their immune systems and makes them healthier.
1 posted on 01/28/2014 6:42:18 AM PST by libstripper
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To: libstripper

Please, please spread this around to everyone you know. Our education system is at the core of what’s wrong in this country. We need the House, the Senate, and the WHut, but control of the education system is crucial.

This fascinating article shines light on the liberal idiocy that runs our schools.

Please pass this on.


2 posted on 01/28/2014 6:45:49 AM PST by chiller (NBCNews et al is in the tank and should be embarrassed)
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To: libstripper; zot; Interesting Times

Wow, letting noisy active little boys be noisy active little boys instead of making them into quiet little girls actually is a good thing! Who’d thunk it. how about those folks with common sense.


3 posted on 01/28/2014 6:52:56 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: libstripper
children climbing trees, riding skateboards and playing bullrush

Oh! the huge manatee!

Next, they might add dodge-ball.

Libs' heads are exploding.


4 posted on 01/28/2014 6:53:15 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy

The number one rule of having a knife at school when I grew up, was that it better not be out in class. They were gone till the end of the year. Teacher kept them in her drawer. Same for yoyos.


5 posted on 01/28/2014 6:57:06 AM PST by healy61
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To: libstripper

6 posted on 01/28/2014 6:58:56 AM PST by servo1969
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To: libstripper

School-teaching nuns recognized for decades the value of a little steam-letting recess.


7 posted on 01/28/2014 7:06:43 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: healy61
The number one rule of having a knife at school when I grew up, was that it better not be out in class.

I recall a rule in the 50s or 60s that one couldn't have a knife with a blade over 4" in length.

Where I went to high school (small town of about 900), many students drove pickups to school. Nearly every pickup had a gun rack and at least one rifle. They parked right across the street from the school. We NEVER had a 'school' shooting, and none of those pickups had doors locked.
8 posted on 01/28/2014 7:08:08 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: libstripper

I think it is more like burning up your testosterone outside running and jumping and then when you come back inside, you are ready to sit still and use your mind.


9 posted on 01/28/2014 7:11:12 AM PST by staytrue
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To: libstripper

A great big, DUH! from Maddie10


10 posted on 01/28/2014 7:19:51 AM PST by madison10
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To: libstripper

BFL. Common sense!


11 posted on 01/28/2014 7:26:10 AM PST by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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To: libstripper

“Sort of like letting kids play with dogs and sleep with them. They may get a few minor infections but it overall strengthens their immune systems and makes them healthier.”

Feed your dog right and they can shake off the infections they pick up from the dirty little beasts in no time.


12 posted on 01/28/2014 7:27:25 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: libstripper
This is reminiscent of what we did as kids 60+ years ago in Chicago: Riding our bikes without helmets down the steepest hills we could find; climbing trees or sometimes roofs; building “forts” out of abandoned Christmas trees; climbing the “Rocky Mountains,” a lot filled with jagged, broken cemetery monuments; playing games involving pocket knives (can't remember the name of a game but old timers will know); spinning tops and yo-yos; shooting marbles; firing cap guns; all fraught with some dangers, with most of us surviving intact.But this was outside the playground and bullying did exist there then as now.
13 posted on 01/28/2014 7:29:52 AM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: healy61

Hell, we played mumbly-peg on the playground! Polished your knife skills, don’cha know!


14 posted on 01/28/2014 7:34:00 AM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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Thanks for posting this.

I sent this to my wife and mother.


15 posted on 01/28/2014 7:38:32 AM PST by AlmaKing
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To: libstripper

Just so you know, and not trying to be the spelling police, but to help in searches:

It is New Zealand not Zeland.


16 posted on 01/28/2014 7:52:11 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: libstripper

This is unsurprising. Some cities have eliminated their traffic signs and signals and there is less speeding, fewer accidents.

German town abolishes traffic lights and codes. Accidents are now almost non-existent!
http://www.minds.com/blog/view/248215469679448064/german-town-abolishes-traffic-lights-and-codes-accidents-are-now-almost-non-existent


17 posted on 01/28/2014 8:15:35 AM PST by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: servo1969

“And then the grownups started....and they moved in.......The Monkey Bars.........The Monkey Bars came in.....we lost 124 kids in one day.” - Bill Cosby (Playground)


18 posted on 01/28/2014 8:18:06 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: TomGuy

19 posted on 01/28/2014 8:19:12 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: GreyFriar

It’s not just little boys.

When my daughter was in young she loved to climb trees and was into gymnastics which she loved to practice on the school playground but was reprimanded for doing so.

Cartwheels, flips and tumbles were not allowed.
Climbing trees was not allowed.
Certain moves in jump rope were not allowed.
Rocket-shipping from the swings was not allowed (my favorite when I was a kid).

The playground rules list went on and on.

Kids have a lot of energy. They need to have a place and time to expend it.


20 posted on 01/28/2014 8:24:50 AM PST by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: dfwgator

That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.


21 posted on 01/28/2014 8:29:10 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: dfwgator

iron monkey bars built on concrete playgrounds....and I’m still here


22 posted on 01/28/2014 8:42:20 AM PST by stylin19a (Obama -> Fredo smart)
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To: healy61

In the early 70s I wore a 4” folding Buck hunter on my belt to high school every day. Never once thought of it as a weapon to use on fellow students. It was just a tool.

Nobody ever said a word about it. This was an inner suburb school, not a rural one.


23 posted on 01/28/2014 8:49:52 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. This would reduce the sales of Ritalin.


24 posted on 01/28/2014 9:04:25 AM PST by zot
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To: IMR 4350

Mea culpa, mea maximal culpa. I sleep with my dogs.


25 posted on 01/28/2014 9:24:11 AM PST by libstripper (Asv)
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To: zot
This would reduce the sales of Ritalin.

The misdiagnosis maybe as some children need it.

26 posted on 01/28/2014 10:17:54 AM PST by Eaker (Sweat dries, blood clots and bones heal so suck it up buttercup.)
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To: healy61

I recall one day when the teacher asked us boys for a knife and selected one from all those offered. Then she said this knife is dull and picked another. Man, that kid got teased for a week about his dull knife. That must have been 5th grade or so.


27 posted on 01/28/2014 11:30:01 AM PST by eartrumpet
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