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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: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13 2014, @08:58PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13 2014, @08:58PM (#55122)

    > they have an unemployment rate far lower than the US or Europe,

    Unemployment is a weird number for a bunch of different reasons, one of the biggest is that doesn't count people who have "given up" looking.

    Better to look at total employment, [wikipedia.org] and Japan is doing well at 71% but that still is just 11th (USA is 16th).

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13 2014, @10:02PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13 2014, @10:02PM (#55133)

    It's a bit uglier than that, as that number doesn't account for underemployment (hence why I mentioned Freeters [wikipedia.org]). Basically, Japan have the 3rd largest economy, but the benefits accrue to a very small part of the population, and a very large part of the population (mostly under-30s) are effectively being supported, in whole or in part, by their wealthier parents (who accrued their relative fortunes in the 80s boom). Opportunities are relatively limited, advancement is extremely difficult, the game is rigged, and the previously-mentioned conformist society only serves to keep people from questioning a clearly failed system (though this is very, very slowly changing).