Ball Ban!

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Ball Ban!

This is an editorial and the bias is pretty clear, but what do you think?? Has society completely lost its mind? What would you do if this was your school?

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/11/16/matt-gurney-citing-safety-toronto-school-takes-brave-stand-against-balls/

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I guess it's safe to assume they don't play dodgeball in PE. Jeez, in sports like football, soccer and bball you run more risk of getting hit by a body part like an elbow, foot, or head than you do of getting whacked by the ball. That is @#$%ed up, IMO.

I think the administrators of this school have lost their minds or are complete wusses who caved to the self-centered complaints of ONE parent who got hit in the melon by a soccer ball. Environmental hazard in a schoolyard, I think.

I wouldn't let my kids attend a school where they couldn't bring a ball or play with one in the schoolyard. Stupid.

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"Claire'sMommy" wrote:

I guess it's safe to assume they don't play dodgeball in PE. Jeez, in sports like football, soccer and bball you run more risk of getting hit by a body part like an elbow, foot, or head than you do of getting whacked by the ball. That is @#$%ed up, IMO.

I think the administrators of this school have lost their minds or are complete wusses who caved to the self-centered complaints of ONE parent who got hit in the melon by a soccer ball. Environmental hazard in a schoolyard, I think.

I wouldn't let my kids attend a school where they couldn't bring a ball or play with one in the schoolyard. Stupid.

This is what I'm thinking. If these are the sorts of decisions admin comes up with, would I really want to entrust them with my child's education? No thanks.

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Dumb question ~ but from the article all I got was that they were banning kids from bringing such balls to school, not banning them from playing with such balls while AT school?

I mean, I'm actually okay with that. I think that a backpack should include books, food tissues, etc.........not balls.

Growing up, all of the balls we played with (gah this sounds dirtah!) were ones either provided for us at gym class or provided for us in our varsity sports teams.

Am I missing why a kid should bring a ball to school? To me, it just sounds like something kids could fight over, or could get lost, or someone could steal etc etc......how is not bringing that element (the entertainment or extraneous things from home element, that is) into the realm of academia a bad thing?

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Our schools provide playground equipment, including kickballs and I'm not sure what else. Perhaps they went a bit too far with the ban because soccer balls and the like aren't really likely to cause major problems. I kind of think it's on the parent to be vigilant if they're on/near the playground. Stuff happens. I think my school bans lacrosse balls only, for obvious reasons, but they can bring in the soft ones.

That being said, I hate how that guy wrote the article. One could be as obnoxious in their portrayal, but in the other way, like, "What?!?!? Why can't we just let kids be kids?!?!?! If they get hit with the ball, maybe it'll teach them to watch out for flying balls. I mean, they have to play SOMETIME, right? All those teachers want to do is boss our kids. They should be allowed some time to decompress and if that means someone gets hit in the head with a lacrosse ball, so be it. I mean, *I* got hit in the head with a ball and I'm just fine."

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"Potter75" wrote:

Dumb question ~ but from the article all I got was that they were banning kids from bringing such balls to school, not banning them from playing with such balls while AT school?

I mean, I'm actually okay with that. I think that a backpack should include books, food tissues, etc.........not balls.

Growing up, all of the balls we played with (gah this sounds dirtah!) were ones either provided for us at gym class or provided for us in our varsity sports teams.

Am I missing why a kid should bring a ball to school? To me, it just sounds like something kids could fight over, or could get lost, or someone could steal etc etc......how is not bringing that element (the entertainment or extraneous things from home element, that is) into the realm of academia a bad thing?

Yep. Good points, all.

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I think it's ridiculous. Are we going to start not allowing them to play on the swings or slide or monkey bars or other playground equipment? I mean, come on... they could get hurt on those too (and probably worse).

From these articles http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20111115/school-bans-hard-balls-111115/20111116/?hub=TorontoNewHome and http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/safe-or-extreme-toronto-school-bans-hard-balls/article2237973/

A Toronto school is officially a Nerf-only zone until further notice.
A letter issued on Monday from the administration at Earl Beatty Jr. and Sr. Public School states that kids can’t bring or play with any kind of hard ball - i.e. soccer balls, footballs, volleyballs or tennis balls, according to a CTV report.

it does sound like ANY balls at school, not just ones the children bring from home.

And yes, kids do bring balls to school sometimes... just like they bring skipping ropes and baseball gloves and whatever else to play with at recess. Our school does have balls that the children can take out to play with at recess time as well.

I would hope that they are referring to ONLY at times like recess... and the children are still allowed them during their class's regular gym time. But I don't know... it's not very clear.

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In the article I read, it stated they couldn't bring hard balls, like basketballs, soccer balls, etc. They could still bring softer balls, like nerf balls. Or I would imagine those balls you play dodge ball with.

Our kids take balls or other sports stuff to school for recess. Our school has a play yard, but no playground equipment. And this seems to be the norm in SW Ontario (where this school is located) from what I can tell. And in the mornings, we dodge the balls that are flying through the air. You see parents take one to the head every now and again, but it's never a big deal. The parents all laugh it off and the kids apologize and everyone goes on their merry way.

It's an excessive rule. They could have limited ball use to off pavement or to a certain area during drop off and pick up time, if it is really that big of deal. If their school is like ours, all kids play before school while waiting for the bell to ring. No one is allowed into the school until the bell goes. So depending on the time you get to the school yard, you've got some time to run around and play.

Here's another article on the topic: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1087874--students-revolt-we-want-our-balls-back

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I couldn't even read past the first paragraph of the article without getting annoyed. Too far, bottom line.

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