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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: 3, Insightful) by My Silly Name on Friday June 13 2014, @03:54PM

    by My Silly Name (1528) on Friday June 13 2014, @03:54PM (#55013)
    Those of us who have reached a certain age (in my case 50+) who recall climbing trees and other structures may also recall falling out of them to no permanent ill-effect. It's part of a normal learning experience. This tendency to wrap up one's precious babies in cotton-wool is just so damn tedious. Life is all about taking risks, without which we cannot grow.

    Otherwise, we might just as well adopt the "barrel method" of child rearing: keep your offspring in a barrel for the first 30 or so years of its life, then decide whether or not to hammer the bung in.
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