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October 18, 2006

Stupidity Watch, Edition #78,035

Children banned from playing tag during recess.

The age-old game is now banned by the principal, who says recess is a time "when accidents can happen." Officials are also afraid if someone gets hurt, the school will get sued.

Along with tag, the youngsters can't play touch football or any other game in which they're chasing each other.

How, precisely, are children supposed to internalize things like paying attention, making strategic choices, competing successfully, dealing with setbacks, and bouncing back from a boo-boo if they aren't allowed to play the most basic games and sports?

Some things cannot be taught to young children through mere verbalization or sit-down games. They have to go run some energy off, and they have to act things out in reality.

This is because of the parents who sue schools over bloody noses, of course.


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