Pre-School Says, “No, Your Kid Can’t be the Goddamn Batman.”

- 05-22-13Comics, WTF? Posted by Mark Poynter


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.

What do you think? I’m sure you’ve got an opinion, click down to the comments section and let us know.

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  • Josh Evans

    Role Models? BAN THEM.

  • Joe Sorbera

    Schools, and everyone and every company in general, are scared shitless of a lawsuit. Teachers can’t even scold a kid for misbehaving without hearing about it from the parents the next day.

  • Wazdakka Gutzmek

    Executive Director does not know how to spell the word “play”? While I’m sure that’s not at the root of the problem, it does display an “educators” ignorance of spell check.

    You can’t stunt imagination. Good luck with that.

  • imagen

    Let’s ban an entire generation’s youth from pretending they’re superheroes. We’re doomed.

  • Ofnir

    We used to play super heroes, soldiers, cops and robbers, alien invasion…How did we manage to not hurt anyone doing these things, but kids today are apparently incapable of fake-punching and such?

    Oh, that’s right, instead of teaching how to do it in an imaginary and non-harmful way, we just ban it outright now.

    • Rebecca

      In many schools fake punching is treated as if it was actual punching, so students would be punished for playing even if they weren’t hurting anyone. So its not that the kids are not capable, just not permitted.

  • Jane

    Out children. Televisions shows. Paly times.
    I’m thinking this pre-K school has bigger issues.

  • Guest

    Someone needs to red pen that note and send it back with a grade.

  • Dan Ashley

    I left high school in 1997 and from nursery school and right the way through nothing has changed. We never hurt anyone or did anything we knew that would cause an injury. We knew what was dangerous. But if you take away the entertainment element, you take away the play element. Then what do they have but ten minutes to realise just how boring school really is? The absence of fantasy icons in childrens’ imaginations leaves a lot of space for real trouble!

  • rion

    kids need to use their imaginations to build creativity. taking it away is the most horrible thing you can ever do to a child. i used to grab a stick and pretend to be in the middle of starship troopers the stick of course being my older brother and little sis would play like that for hours, personally i think we all are ok. even after we got hurt every now and then no one cared cause we knew it would never end.

  • MechaTrav

    Schools banning imaginative play is ridiculous. When I was in k-6 we played Superheroes (I was always Captain America) and when someone got hurt, our teacher used it as a tool to show us how to play and not hurt each other. We learned from it. And no one ever got ‘injured’ beyond a few scuffed knees and elbows anyway. This is just another example of teachers not wanting to do their jobs, and that’s the big issue in this country now.

    • MechaTrav

      Well, both not wanting to and afraid to because of over-protective and potentially litigious parents…

  • alister

    they already tryed baning batman and it didn’t work then