Skip to comments.California School Bans the Game of Tag (says it lowers 'self-esteem')
Posted on 06/21/2002 4:06:48 AM PDT by spetznazEdited on 04/22/2004 12:34:00 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
SANTA MONICA — A Santa Monica elementary school has banned the game of tag, once synonymous with youth and innocence, because they say it creates self-esteem issues among weaker and slower children.
"We had some children who were not playing 'it' appropriately. How do you differentiate between those that are playing correctly and those that aren't?" asked Franklin Elementary School Principal Pat Samarge.
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I am sorry to those who think that everyone 'should be nice and plant daffodils and go to their local pond and skip stones,' but the world out there (and i do not mean just the US) is rife with hyper-competition. And while we are telling our kids not to be competitive because it may hurt the feelings of those who lose other nations around the world are enhancing their education systems (and note in the near future the workplace will be truly global...actually it has already started, just ask those worker in the IT industry).
And what is next....no more sports like football because the losing team will find themselves lacking? Or no exams because some students might fail and start crying?
Actually the following is a post i put forth earlier today on a similar topic...that of some school systems doign away with Failing grades since they may make some students feel inferior:
This is an appalling trend in the education and tutoring system of the United States that really does not bode well for the US in the near future and onwards. The distressing thing is that while our US education structure atrophies those of other nations are going through sustained and unremitting leaps and jumps in a myriad of areas apart from one accents!
I know it sounds ludicrous that I listed accents as the only lacking factor in foreign education systems but literally that is the only viable weakness inherent in them. Foreign based education systems have become extremely competitive and exceedingly comprehensive. Your average foreigner would have better grades in every single subject including English .with his/her only weak point being the oral smoothness brought about by the accent (and note I am not saying the English is grammatically incorrect it is actually perfect, just with either some nuance or shadow of an intonation, inflection or brogue in the enunciation).
And in scrutinizing this subject area I will delve in the educational systems of India, Taiwan and Kenya high school systems (which by the way are the worlds hardest in that order) and compare them with the US high school educational system, which sadly is not considered a forte when it comes to preparing students for college and life! In the case of all these nations you will notice that there is a practical necessity for the comprehensiveness and toughness of their educational systems .and that is that it is grueling hard to acquire meaningful employment over there! The competition for every single placement is crazy, and having straight As is not a guarantee or a job offer. Hence the education systems have gone into overdrive to create a slew of virtual ubermenchs in a bid to best prepare the kids for an ultra-competitive environment!
Now to tie in the US into this mix. The US high school system is sadly not up to the mark .however our university system is one of the best in the world if not the best (which is somewhat ironical considering the state of the high schools). Hence these students from the foreign high schools come to the US for a tertiary education in an American university (since universities in the US are quite effective in developing the whole person instead of just cramming facts and figures which is the bane of other tertiary systems like the that of the British) and thus they get to have their analytical and inter-personal communicative abilities developed in the US (and note they already have a grasp of the facts and figures aspects from their education in their home countries).
What happens then? Suddenly the foreign students (at least the ones who came here for an education and not to just enjoy the American way of life or learn how to fly planes into buildings) become much superior to their American counterparts. They have a stronger work ethic, are more learned, read through the night, are extremely meticulous, do not complain, do not expect curves and handouts from their professors, and take learning as an opportunity instead of as a chore! Hence their grades are straight As and so on.
Then let us take a frenetic jump into graduation day and the search for employment in the US. Ok ..we have an American kid with a GPA of 3.1, and an Indian kid with a GPA of 3.9. The Indian kid is willing to work for a tenth of what the US kid even begins to expect, and the Indian kid is exposed to a wide variety of stresses and strains, and was taught from back home how to not only thrive under pressure but to excel! And his work ethic is just crazy!
Now, based on the law of economics, who do you think will get hired! I really doubt the workforce would let go of such a gem just because his accent has a little inflection pertinent to East Indian cultures! After all eh competes and even excels in every other facet and aspect when it comes to his educational background, and he is meticulous (probably even more so due to the hostile conditions back home that require him to ensure his work is perfect just to ensure job security), and he is willing to work for a salary no self-respecting American counterpart would deem appropriate! A parallel analogy is to have to cars for sale ..one is a brand new Chevrolet and the other is a brand new Jaguar. However the Jaguar is selling for either the same price as the chevy, or for less! Most people would opt for a Jaguar.
And although the analogy is rather crude I can say I have had some experience in this. In my university I was frisking through the honor rolls (the Presidents by the way for students with 4.0s) and almost every person was international! And in my classes I always know my greatest competition in class will come from an international student! And I also did a stint a couple of years ago at one of the Kenyan educational systems (they have like 4 or 5 parallel programs) and I was just astonished at the level of absolute and total flawlessness when it came to learning. Actually the top tiers of that particular educational system actually had teachers whose only job was to indoctrinate the students into believing they are better than every one else, and making them get such superiority complexes that they go into any situation already knowing they have won. And their levels of scholarship and focus were so impressive that I think the best word is not that they were getting educated but that they were being turned into erudite individuals.
Anyway my point is that our US high school system needs to stop being so darn politically correct and start actually educating students (instead of debating whether it is appropriate to teach kids about homosexuality and such stuff). After all kids go to high school to do two things: be educated (if not being turned into erudite individuals) and to learn how to get along with others and integrate themselves into society! Fighting over rights to teach them about same-sex marriages, or lifting up skirts to ensure they are not wearing thongs (that crazy case in the news recently) should be secondary .although in my opinion such stuff is best left at home (although sadly few families are capable to assist their kids grow into mature responsible adults).
Anyway that is my experience....and my opinion.
More like the "Pussification of America".
This latest from the socialist west coast is a perfect example of just how out of touch Political Correctness is with the real world. Just look at how indoctrinated these children have become to social engeneering.
In such a case i think (working from her works) one could say that she insinuates it is better to have a superiority complex than an inferiority complex, and that everyone who decides to not be their best in a bid to be 'nice' and be utilitarian is a sot!
Althoug Ayn Rand has her own issues when it comes to her philosphies, and is depicted as a cult symbol by some and as a pariah by others. Some of her issues is that she does not believe in God (she says religion is making people suffer suppression, repression and oprression in this world in the 'hope' that they shall get a 'reward' in some 'future perfect heavenly world' that for her does not exist), and she also was at loggerheads with some cultural propriety (for similar reasons as the religion thing).
However no matter what Rand has to say the fact still remains that what that Cali school is trying to do is so silly i dare say it is stupid! After all the kids will find competition everywhere...and it is only going to INCREASE! And taking out the game of tag is just not only ludicrous but asinine!
After all capitalism is the essence of competition! It is the distillation of everything competition is in the realm of finance, economy and pertinent areas!
So will these folks also do away with capitalism because 'it makes some people rich, and those who do not become rich will become dpressed...so we should make everyone happy and remove capitalism.'
If you follow their logic and extrapolate it you can see some strands of ther logic progressing to capitalism! It will probably never go that far, but if the game of tag is 'detrimental to self-esteem' what about capitalism that makes some very rich and others not as wealthy? Will not those who are not as oppulent feel 'sad and unworthy?'
I have to say the California school that came uo with this probably has a very atrophied logical acumen if they did not see how flawed there decision was!
So will these folks also do away with capitalism because 'it makes some people rich, and those who do not become rich will become dpressed...so we should make everyone happy and remove capitalism.'What do you think is the objective of all this modell?
Kids, there's a simple solution if you don't like "tag"...don't play!. Of course that's something else the PC schools would just as soon not encourage: opting out of group activities. Might instill anti-social attitudes such as individualism, you know.
You're right capitalism is the ultimate scoring game. A friend of mine had a plaque on his wall that stated "He who has the most toys when he dies Wins."
If a teacher is worried that some kids never win at tag, she should be smart and creative enough to devise a game or contest the slow or dull kids can win. Or, for heaven's sake, perhaps the teacher could actually TEACH the kids how to play tag.
Or what about the feelings of Saddam? Will he not feel saddened and inferior when the US navy 'unfairly' starts lobbing Tomahawk cruise missiles at him when he cannot retaliate in an equal manner? He might get depressed since the playing field is not equal!
And when these little children grow up...they're going to be able to hold a job exactly HOW?
Second:"Tamara Silver, a parent of a fifth-grader at Franklin Elementary ........"
What is a fifth grader (about 10 years old) doing playing tag.
My son quit playing tag after the first grade.
I'm so glad I live in a republican state (Texas)
Too bad, this is life. I am so glad we left California. The liberal, softies are running the State and it ain't a pretty sight!
Hmmm... Why would this women dislike athletic competition?
I think it will be a Hell of a lot MORE damaging when Precious Little Snowflake graduates with a 4.0 (due to grade inflation -- can't flunk the little dears, it makes them feel bad about themselves), and realizes that the real, adult world doesn't care about your self esteem.
Adults need to be able to accept defeat occasionally.
Adults need to be educated.
Adults don't get to whine that it's not fair, because someone else is better at something.
The educational system needs to cycle up its two-speed weedwhacker of a brain and start actually TEACHING children. We have an entire generation of children who think everything should be served to them on a silver platter, engraved with "For Your Self-Esteem."
Oops. What did I miss out on in school?
I guess it is either home school your kids or scrimp and save and send them to some elitist private school. Anything apart from Private school and Homeschooling (read Public school) is simply a slow form of attrition on the child.
And do not get me wrong....there are many who go through public school and become assertive self-motivated exemplars who perform excently in their life pursuits...but sadly such people coming out of public school is becoming a great rarity! Rarer than a four leafed clover!
Actually that reminds me of something i saw this morning. They were showing a profile of this gent who started a company called 'Girls Gone Wild' on some news channel....and in essence what his company does is tell college students to lift up their shirts and expose their breasts. Well....the founder of GGW became a millionaire when he was 24 due to the income accruing from the sales of the videos. Now you may wonder....what did the girls get from their 'efforts?'
A T-Shirt! That's all! A simply white T-Shirt with the company's name written on front (for them to tell their friends what they did)!
Now my question is this: this not the product of an education system that makes people, in this particular case girls, so dumb that they do see anything wrong in someone making multi-millions out of their breasts when all they get is a silly T-Shirt? As in comeone.....how slow can these girls get! Although i am sure their math skills are so atrophied that they probably do not know how many zeros a million has! And i can asure you nearly all those girls went through public school...actually i can even go as far as say ALL of them are the 'prime products' of pubic...oooops, public school!
True, but they also had socialist/liberal types in them as bad guys, who were doing all they could to p***yfy the world through taxes, punishment of success, oppressive laws, etc.
Just as Orwell's "1984" is one of the most instructive overviews of totalitarianism ever written (despite being "just" a novel), Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" is the best illustration of the results of budding socialism/communism. The novel contains an entire inventory of all the ways that the socialists/communists attempt to destroy capitalism and individualism. And the successive stages and long-term results of those agendas are shown in the course of the novel.
It's a real eye-opener for people who haven't given socioeconomics much prior thought.
And it's scary that although the events in the book seemed like science fiction when I first read it in 1982, all too much of it reads like today's headlines now.
She was extremely Nietzschean and quite Machiavellian.....unless i am mistaken.
Um... Not really. Both of those imply a "screw you to get mine" outlook, which is very definitely *not* part of her philosophy. In "Atlas Shrugged", especially, there's a very strong code of honor involved which specifically forbids defrauding or stealing from anyone, or even mooching or accepting charity.
In essence the game had two parts: the first was your usual tag, where one person would try to tag an individual from a group! But then at a pre-arranged time the tempo changed, and the game became a variation of a mob slaying!
Essentially the person who is tagged becomes the hunted instead of the hunter as the whole group starts chasing him (it was always a him for obvious reasons eg we wanted girlfriends and thus had to act nice to them). And it was not just chasing but we would also have carte blanch to hit and kick and punch and.....(fill in your favorite physical blow) him until he could reach some pre-set point where he would be safe from the group assault!
The thing is that sometimes we would set the safe zone quite far from where we were playing the game.....sometimes even outside school grounds! And then the chase would be on.
And the thing is that all of us (at elast the ones i still know....most of us are in college now) turned out pretty well, and we have been outperforming most people we come across (the reason i put most and not all is because i may get accused of hyperbole). And we are not anti-social or suffering from any 'social evils' because we know it was all a GAME! And we were not picking on anyone....and we did not get 'depressed' if we were too slow and got tagged! Gosh, i know several folks who wanted to get tagged just so they could be chased!
However if we had tried that in the state of Californication we would probably have been expelled and sent to jail for 'cruel and unusual punishment.' After all they would have preferred for us to get some Barbie dolls and play kissy with them!
Well, how about pulling aside any kid who's playing inappropriately and punishing the kid? I guess if a kid tips over the checkers board on a rain day, we have to ban checkers too.
You bet. Just had an argument with our (female) school principal who wanted to ban poison ball. Why? One kid (a boy) got hit on his ear, and it turned red. I say, let each parent decide whether their kids can play these games. I WANT my sons to get bruised occasionally and to learn how to get up and keep going. They're black belts in karate, and they belong to Boy Scouts, which is one of the last non-wimp kids' organizations around. In scouts, my sons have spent hours paddling canoes in cold pouring rain, they've climbed mountains and rappelled back down, they've camped in below zero weather, and they've dealt with several emergency situations that required quick thinking and toughness. And they're turning into young men. A lot of the schools are either being feminized or queerized. And it serves our sons poorly.
...And the 'Dumbing Down of America' is simply the name we give to the larger plot to remove all vestiges of individuality and indoctrinate all of us into the Third Way, EU-style, collective conciousness.
"Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated"
If the left gets it's way, the earth will be taken over by so-called 'lower' life forms, which will become the intellectually 'higher' life forms on the planet, after the left takes us back to the pre-stone age era.
And they're a thousand times happier than the kids who have been spoon-fed "self-esteem". I know this even though I've never met them; I was in the Scouts myself and have practiced the martial arts for 15 years. There's nothing like the joy of conquering adversity. Incredible, isn't it, that these people who talk so much about feelings, know so little about them.
Maybe in the education system, but Amazon's outsourced customer service group, a component of which is based near Mumbai/Poona, coaches their employees in imitating American accents, keeping up with US news etc, so that someone calling has no idea that the Harry he's talking to is really Hari.