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posted by n1 on Friday June 13 2014, @09:48AM   Printer-friendly
from the we-could-start-a-riot dept.

In contrast to the modern trend of helicopter parenting and safety-first playgrounds, one school in New Zealand has decided to completely do away with rules during recess playtime to great effect. They aren't alone in this reversal, some of which can be justified by a study showing that children who injured themselves by falling from heights grow up to be less fearful of heights than those who weren't hurt.

 
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  • (Score: 2) by Sir Garlon on Friday June 13 2014, @10:30AM

    by Sir Garlon (1264) on Friday June 13 2014, @10:30AM (#54885)

    Of course. When TFA says "completely get rid of all rules," that's hyperbole for rhetorical effect. The normal rules of society still apply on the playground. For example, nothing in TFA makes me believe the playground monitors would not break up fights or stop a child playing with broken glass. What they're doing away with are the asinine rules like "you're not allowed to climb on the big, fun jungle gym until you're in third grade" (to cite the only example I remember from my elementary school). I suspect there are ten times more asinine rules -- such as "no rugby", maybe even "no tag" -- today than when I was a kid. Because if a child sprains an ankle playing tag, the school could get sued for letting children play tag during recess.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13 2014, @10:55AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13 2014, @10:55AM (#54895)

    Aha. Now ve apply ze social pressssurrrr to suttttly hint that ze big fun jungle gym iz for ze third graderrrrs. No rrrrrules but norrrmal rrrrules of ze society herrreee! Ha ha ha ha ha ahaaaaa!