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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: 4, Informative) by JeanCroix on Friday June 13 2014, @02:24PM

    by JeanCroix (573) on Friday June 13 2014, @02:24PM (#54969)
    It's all fun and games until someone drops a boulder on Piggy.
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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13 2014, @04:04PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13 2014, @04:04PM (#55022)

    The point is that sooner or later someone is going to drop a "boulder on piggy." Better that they do it as kids where the harm is less and they can learn the consequences of that kind of behavior than to do it as an adult where the harm is much greater and then subsequent consequences are much worse. Childhood is practice for adulthood, if you don't let kids get that practice it means they will be unprepared to be adults.

    • (Score: 2) by JeanCroix on Friday June 13 2014, @04:08PM

      by JeanCroix (573) on Friday June 13 2014, @04:08PM (#55025)
      Either you completely missed the reference, or you're implying murder is inevitable for everyone.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13 2014, @08:47PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13 2014, @08:47PM (#55115)

        No, I got the reference, read the book in 7th grade. I recognized it as hyperbole and decided to address the kernel of truth in the argument rather than accept the hyperbole at face value which is why I put scare quotes around the phrase.

        Kind of a shame that the only responses to that have been literalists. The more I read here, the more I become convinced that way too many people are stuck in a sort of high-school level of debate quality. It's a mental crutch that prevents people from coming to a meaningful understanding of the world around them, instead letting them live in a fantasy land of black and white, good and evil, them and us.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13 2014, @06:46PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13 2014, @06:46PM (#55087)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_the_Flies#Piggy [wikipedia.org]

      Another something a 10 year old can easily read (though, again, he might not get all the subtext):
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Farm [wikipedia.org]

      -- gewg_

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 14 2014, @04:03PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 14 2014, @04:03PM (#55323)

    This made laugh harder than it should have, considering what it is referencing.