This New Zealand school ditched playground rules and lets kids play in a junk pit. Should your school do the same?
Auckland school ditches playtime rules and loses... | Stuff.co.nz
That would never work here because the first kid who fell off a scooter & broke his arm, his parents would sue, and then all the cool but dangerous stuff would be taken away to prevent that from happening again. :rolleyes:
Our school had the same effect, of reducing bullying and improving overall classroom behavior, with a recess coaching program called Playworks. Basically, as long as you keep the kids actively engaged in *something* and you give them better ways to resolve conflict than hitting, it doesn't really matter whether it's an organized game or a junk pit. Our school yard is also chaos at recess, we have virtually no bullying, and I don't have to worry about my kid getting creamed by someone on a scooter or inhaling toxins from old tires & fire hoses.
Climbing trees is a bit far in my opinion. DDs school playground is surrounded by a fence, so to me that's like saying it's ok for the kids if they decide to climb it.
I think the kids need some boundaries.
That being said, I do agree that kids nowadays are wrapped up in cotton wool. They need to learn from their mistakes imo.