The school playground can be a magical place to get away from the rigors of school work for a few minutes of fun. Some time to play with your best buds that might not live close enough to visit outside school. There’s always plenty to do, swings, that 200 degree metal slide with sharp edges, and if your lucky, there’s one of those merry go rounds to sling you off into the wood chips.
Then something happens, and someone in charge has a thought to quickly fix it by banning what they see as the problem, and that thought becomes action, without any consideration about the learning opportunity this situation presents for the children and their parents. Just ban it, stamp it out, never mind that you’re trampling the child’s imagination and social skills at the same time.
Let’s not even get started about “Zero Tolerance” policies and their effects, it’s obviously too hard to handle cases on a one on one basis in this litigious society we live in.
My real issue with this is why not TEACH the kids to play superheroes using their imaginations without the added actually physical violence? Isn’t that a social skill worth teaching at an early age? Just banning the activity gives it a certain titillation factor that doing something you are not supposed to brings. Those rebellious kids will only increase that part of the activity.
It doesn’t matter where this school is, the facts are that this is every school, banning something instead of teaching about it and turning it into something positive.
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