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.
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.
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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.
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DD - Leia, July 5 2008
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