Monday, January 27, 2014

Some New Zealand Schools End Playground Rules

Apparently with good results.
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.

Principal Bruce McLachlan rid the school of playtime rules as part of a successful university experiment.

"We want kids to be safe and to look after them, but we end up wrapping them in cotton wool when in fact they should be able to fall over."...

"When you look at our playground it looks chaotic. From an adult's perspective, it looks like kids might get hurt, but they don't."
Fancy that. I wish this idea would run amok here.

And let's abolish zero-tolerance policies while at it. They are anti-American at their very core. Unless, of course, you think America is all about training children to become docile drones in a police state.

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