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Big Fight on the Playground (Parents Protest as Schools Take the Play Out of Recess)
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | Friday, October 10, 2003 | LAUREN LIPTON

Posted on 10/10/2003 8:05:36 AM PDT by presidio9

Edited on 04/22/2004 11:50:04 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Callaghan Elementary's fourth-graders returned to school this fall to an unusual new recess activity. Worried the nine-year-olds have too much independent playground time, the Virginia school decided to have them walk the track.

"The teachers will make it fun," Principal Nancy Moga says. One possibility: Kids may plot how many miles they've logged for math class.


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KEYWORDS: childhood; childhoodobesity; play; playground; schools
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1 posted on 10/10/2003 8:05:37 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9
kids play something called Sushi, like dodgeball except they throw balls at a wall

Gee, that sounds...like...fun.

2 posted on 10/10/2003 8:10:59 AM PDT by TheBigB ("If my country calls, I will answer. Unless I'm screening."--Homer J. Simpson)
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3 posted on 10/10/2003 8:12:11 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: TheBigB
LOL!

Man, oh man, I'm glad I grew up in the '60s and '70s and had FUN at recess.
4 posted on 10/10/2003 8:12:33 AM PDT by Skooz (All Hail the Mighty Kansas City Chiefs)
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To: presidio9
Such a sad world we have made for our kids.. =(
5 posted on 10/10/2003 8:13:55 AM PDT by scab4faa (Can't sleep.. the clowns will eat me... Can't sleep.. the clowns will eat me... Can't sleep..)
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To: Skooz
Just one of many reasons to vote against ANY school levy and start pushing congress to actually CUT "education" spending. And none of these fake baseline cuts, where they only reduce the amount of previously planned growth, but REAL cuts, where fewer dollars are spent currently than were spent in the previous year.
6 posted on 10/10/2003 8:18:32 AM PDT by Orangedog (Soccer-Moms are the biggest threat to your freedoms and the republic !)
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To: presidio9
Bradley and his third-grade friends played "store" on the field, using sticks for merchandise and leaves for money. This year, they play in the bus-turnaround area -- which Bradley says doesn't have enough leaves.

Alan Greenspan Elementary School? Let's play deflation.

7 posted on 10/10/2003 8:19:55 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Current time travel velocity: 3600 seconds/hour.)
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To: TheBigB
This fall, Ms. Walmsley took action, and now Brett spends his afternoon recess inline skating, playing kickball or riding his bike. A new school policy? Nope. "I started home-schooling him," she says.

WELCOME ABORD MS. WALMSLEY! SORRY IT TOOK YOU SO LONG!
8 posted on 10/10/2003 8:24:16 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: presidio9
I'm guessing no one plays Smear the Queer with the Football anymore. Glad I grew up in the 60s-70s too!
9 posted on 10/10/2003 8:25:09 AM PDT by meowmeow
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To: presidio9
Brings back memories of "Kill the Carrier".

A game in which about 50 kids chased 1 kid with a football until he was chased down, tackled, and pummelled until he lost his grip on the ball.

The kid that managed to take it away would be given about a 2 second head start before he was given the same treatment.

The masters of the game were either fast or could take quite a beating.

Loads of exercise and also fun in the snow.

10 posted on 10/10/2003 8:25:31 AM PDT by toast
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To: meowmeow
Ahhhh.

You remember.

11 posted on 10/10/2003 8:27:10 AM PDT by toast
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To: presidio9
From Acme, Wash., to Long Island, N.Y.,........

Ahh..Acme, Washington...makers of fine anvils and the best dynomite anywhere in the world.

12 posted on 10/10/2003 8:30:56 AM PDT by retrokitten (Welcome to the real world, hippy!- Homer Simpson)
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To: presidio9
Welcome to "education" 2003: organized recess, unorganized math class.
13 posted on 10/10/2003 8:32:10 AM PDT by IowaHawk
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To: presidio9
Remove your kids from the public brainwash camps and Home school them.
The problem is most parents use the school as a free daycare.
14 posted on 10/10/2003 8:32:46 AM PDT by liberty or death
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To: meowmeow
Oh man, I remember that too. Loads of fun. Bruises, cuts, and scrapes. But fun. I worry we're raising a generation of wimps and whiners.
15 posted on 10/10/2003 8:32:46 AM PDT by TheBigB ("If my country calls, I will answer. Unless I'm screening."--Homer J. Simpson)
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To: presidio9
I just found out my four-year-old son will have to leave his 6-inch plastic "ninja knives" home when he goes to his pre-K halloween party dressed as a Ninja Turtle.

Apparently, they'll scare the teachers.

16 posted on 10/10/2003 8:32:55 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: toast
We called it "kill the guy with the ball" - which sumed up the rules quite nicely. :)
17 posted on 10/10/2003 8:33:27 AM PDT by Catphish
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To: meowmeow
Smear the Queer and Dodgeball. Without them a generation is lost.
18 posted on 10/10/2003 8:33:51 AM PDT by azcap
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To: presidio9
The days of spending every day after school and all summers riding bikes is over too. On a summer day we used to log 40 miles on our bikes! Every day! We used to ride our bikes to school and home from school. Busses were for pussies. From the ages of six to thirteen, life is to be spent rolling on rubber being pushed by peddals. That is until our safety was legislated without any regard for it's practicality in it's compatability with a normal healthy childhood.

Now nobody rides bikes. Our local district forbids it. Kids less than a quater mile from school have to ride the bus each day. Should a nice situation present itself after school to ride your bike, you face citations and fines to your parents if not wearing enough personal protection gear. Helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads. An inspection sticker from the town indicating you bike registration has been paid, and who knows what else?

And they can't figure out why kids are lazy and fat?

19 posted on 10/10/2003 8:35:20 AM PDT by blackdog ("This is everybody's fault but mine")
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To: meowmeow; toast
Smear the Queer? Kill the Carrier?

LOL! In NJ, we called it “Kill the Guy With The Ball.”

And our playground wasn’t paved, it was gravel. If you had the ball, you ran like you meant it.

20 posted on 10/10/2003 8:36:36 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: TheBigB
I worry we're raising a generation of wimps and whiners.

They've already been raised, and the damage is already being done. It's only going to get worse from here.

The "Nerf" mentality must be stopped/resisted at all costs.

As Steve Martin used to say "LET'S GET BLAND!!"

21 posted on 10/10/2003 8:39:20 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("Forth now, and fear no darkness!")
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To: retrokitten
Good one! I was thinking the thame sing.

Say, whatever happened to good ol' chicken-fights, on wet asphalt?

With nightcrawlers, to really make it interestin'...

22 posted on 10/10/2003 8:39:42 AM PDT by onehipdad
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To: presidio9
It's these damn government schools trying their best to faggotize our kids. Do you really want to work (or hire)with some wussy geek who never had a scraped knee or a broken wrist? Not in my business.

I really don't want to see my babies get real hurt, but what kind of character would they have if the grew up wrapped up in bubble wrap to keep them from getting hurt.

let the kids play, and explore their limits as little humans need to do. But, then again, the government schools aren't trying to produce individuals, they are trying to produce little gover
23 posted on 10/10/2003 8:39:55 AM PDT by ctlpdad (GO RED SOX! GO UCONN - BEAT NC STATE!)
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To: Catphish
A slab of playground gutterspout ice placed under your butt when going down the slide guarantees a mach 2 speed down the slide. After explaining it to my youngest daughter, she and the rest of the kids were banned from the practice last winter because the excessive speed sent kids flying out of control at the bottom of the slide.

When you're a kid, flying out of control is what you do best!

24 posted on 10/10/2003 8:40:07 AM PDT by blackdog ("This is everybody's fault but mine")
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To: presidio9
Great...I can't wait untill these pussyfied kids are running the country someday.
25 posted on 10/10/2003 8:42:26 AM PDT by BureaucratusMaximus (if we're not going to act like a constitutional republic...lets be the best empire we can be...)
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To: onehipdad
"Ahhhh...I love the smell of worm pate' on the playground asphalt at the morning recess." - A quote from Robert Duvall's childhood years.
26 posted on 10/10/2003 8:42:28 AM PDT by blackdog ("This is everybody's fault but mine")
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To: azcap
Where I came from, we also had "Bombardment", sort of dodgeball, only there were about 20-30 balls. You stood on opposite sides of the gym and hucked 'em at each other from behind a line. For some reason, we always fought over who was gonna get the star pitcher on their team.
27 posted on 10/10/2003 8:43:43 AM PDT by Little Pig
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To: presidio9
This is precisely why we have a bunch of screwed up kids. We have taken adversity out of their lives and replaced it with a false sense security. This is part of the same trend that promotes children when they should be held back..and rewards them for failure. Or when anything bad happens we have a parade of "grief" couselors that come to the rescue. Is it really any wonder why we have kids shooting each other? We've taught them that adversity doesn't exist...and that anything that might offend them is an assault against them. Instead of "sticks and stones may hurt my bones"...Words have become weapons. Liberals have literally created a socialist utopia that doesn't exist outside the classroom, so when these kds enter the real world, we see even more violence as they can't handle the adversity. This isn't preparation for the real world...it's preparation for a dream world that liberals are trying to create using our youth as guinea pigs.
28 posted on 10/10/2003 8:45:35 AM PDT by cwb
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To: dead
LOL! In NJ, we called it “Kill the Guy With The Ball.”

LOL...in my childhood circles...we just called it "Kill".

THAT was successfull anger management.

29 posted on 10/10/2003 8:45:35 AM PDT by BureaucratusMaximus (if we're not going to act like a constitutional republic...lets be the best empire we can be...)
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To: presidio9
Most recess injuries when I was a kid were from the hard-core "King of the Hill" matches.
30 posted on 10/10/2003 8:45:59 AM PDT by Spruce
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To: presidio9
Well, they are not only determined to kill roughhousing but the creative imagination. We wouldn't want kids to learn how to think or feel for themselves, would we?
31 posted on 10/10/2003 8:47:11 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: presidio9
"Our school is an A-plus school, but my children are miserable," Mrs. Hoffman says."

Wake up, Mrs. Hoffman, and remove your children from a school they hate. It's not doing them any good.
32 posted on 10/10/2003 8:48:31 AM PDT by ladylib
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To: toast
King of the Mountan - Snow Season

Huge piles of snow on edge of playground. There were always little blood trails leading back to the school. It wasn't a good recess unless someone bled.
33 posted on 10/10/2003 8:49:28 AM PDT by TomHarkinIsNotFromIowa (Foe Hammer!)
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To: presidio9
Our job is to teach them how to compete properly," says headmaster Olen Kalkus.

Exactly. Let's quit pretending that there aren't differences in all kinds of abilities.

Harvard doesn't choose C students and Ohio State doesn't draft intra-mural quarterbacks. (We could try to force them to do so, of course, in the name of 'inclusiveness.")

It's my job to teach my kid that life has its victories and its defeats, and that we need to learn how to live with both. While the school's primary job is education, it's the school's secondary job to reinforce such common sense parental guidance.....even if it means keeping their nose out of it.

34 posted on 10/10/2003 8:49:31 AM PDT by xzins
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To: onehipdad
(Apocalypse Recess Now) Those guys surfing on that beach in Vietnam from the Air Cavalry during the beach battle were the same kids playing "Kill the kid with the ball" when they were in gradeschool.

Some day soon there will be a major war with a battlefield strewn with American kids all because they were fighting "Operation Mousepad" instead of "Kill the Kid With The RPG".

35 posted on 10/10/2003 8:49:52 AM PDT by blackdog ("This is everybody's fault but mine")
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To: presidio9
I bet the school in Viginia makes them walk the track to the left!
36 posted on 10/10/2003 8:51:48 AM PDT by blackdog ("This is everybody's fault but mine")
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To: cwboelter
We have taken adversity out of their lives and replaced it with a false sense security.

Which, in turn, takes the whole "thinking for yourself" and "maikng decisions for yourself" concepts out of a child's development; thus creating a lifelong childish dependence and loyalty to "the authority". The present authority is the school (not the parents)...who knows what it will be in the future. They ARE being groomed for socialism/communism. Its sick.

37 posted on 10/10/2003 8:52:48 AM PDT by BureaucratusMaximus (if we're not going to act like a constitutional republic...lets be the best empire we can be...)
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To: meowmeow
Smear the queer was one of my favorites along with wallball.
38 posted on 10/10/2003 8:53:33 AM PDT by Ajnin
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To: xzins
I was cut during tryouts for our little league ball team two years in a row before I made the team. If you were not good enough you sat in the bleachers and worked on your game until next year. My dad's involvement was to get me to join the little league football team in the fall so I could smack the crap out of the same baseball kids who were "better" than me. It felt good and kept me in the upper tiers of the pecking order. Self esteem counseling consisted of a good forearm block to the chops.
39 posted on 10/10/2003 8:56:48 AM PDT by blackdog ("This is everybody's fault but mine")
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To: dead; meowmeow; toast
Don't forget "Red Rover".

A good sized kid could really work up some speed in the space between the two lines. If ya kinda tilted as you hit the line, you could usually take out at least one person on the opposing team -- sometimes two or three.

I have a chipped tooth and slightly askew nose to show for it.

40 posted on 10/10/2003 8:56:55 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . Nihil sub sole novum. . .)
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To: presidio9
Here's another angle: Rough play and competition makes for good soldiers. In WWII, the guys that were handpicked for special outfits like scout-sniper platoons were those who had an upbringing rife with hunting, hard play and vigorous physical activity. This kind of upbringing is all but extinct in today's pussified America.
41 posted on 10/10/2003 8:58:20 AM PDT by agooga
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To: AnAmericanMother
"Red Rover, Red Rover, let.......Bubba come over"

One can still have childhood dreams as an adult right?

42 posted on 10/10/2003 9:00:37 AM PDT by blackdog ("This is everybody's fault but mine")
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To: agooga
Rough play and competition makes for good soldiers.

That’s exactly what these “education experts” fear.

Good soldiers are often violent and don’t surrender well.

43 posted on 10/10/2003 9:01:17 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: agooga
Here's another angle: Rough play and competition makes for good soldiers. In WWII, the guys that were handpicked for special outfits like scout-sniper platoons were those who had an upbringing rife with hunting, hard play and vigorous physical activity. This kind of upbringing is all but extinct in today's pussified America.

In the weeks leading up to the war there was a front page Wall St Journal story about how the US soldiers were holding full-on Fight Club style matches, complete with lost teeth and broken noses to keep the edge on.

44 posted on 10/10/2003 9:06:21 AM PDT by presidio9 (Countdown to 27 World Championships...)
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To: presidio9
"Our rule is very simple: If there's a game going on, anyone can play," Principal Ken Williams says.

Back in the 50's this guy would never have kept his lunch money. (And not many teeth either)

And acording to this report, there are NO GAMES so who's he kidding?

45 posted on 10/10/2003 9:06:26 AM PDT by JoeSixPack1 (POW/MIA Bring 'em Home, Or Send us Back!! Semper Fi)
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To: blackdog
Yep, some baseball kids were lousy at football and vice versa. Some were good at both. Some were good at neither.

The same with academics. We gotta teach our kids to live with it.

I'm always amazed, though, at some of the 'average' joes who go out and get filthy rich. Couldn't throw a ball; couldn't make a tackle....but WOW could they make money.

Life is one strange ride. Only God knows how all the strands come together.
46 posted on 10/10/2003 9:06:41 AM PDT by xzins
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To: meowmeow
"I'm guessing no one plays Smear the Queer with the Football anymore."

You would probably be suspended and sent to sensitivity training if you suggested playing Smeer the Queer today.

47 posted on 10/10/2003 9:08:06 AM PDT by 2right
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To: toast
Brings back memories of "Kill the Carrier".

We didn't have such a colorful name - it was simply "Tackle the Man With the Ball". And yes, girls weren't invited.
48 posted on 10/10/2003 9:08:49 AM PDT by G L Tirebiter
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To: dead
An intercepting angle was learned by "creaming" the kid with the ball at a full run. Evasive action was learned by the kid who had been "creamed" too many times. Covert operations are mastered with strategic snowball caches and blinding sun angles leaving your opponent sightless in the glare.

Secret Op's was done by the kid who took the dead squirrel to show the playground monitor staff in order to distract them so that highly effective but banned retaliations could go unnoticed.

Psy Op's was done by wedgie teams.

49 posted on 10/10/2003 9:09:41 AM PDT by blackdog ("This is everybody's fault but mine")
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To: Ajnin
bump for wallball! I was gonna post it. And we used a volleyball for maximum hurtage.
50 posted on 10/10/2003 9:10:03 AM PDT by doodad
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