I read with interest an article about a school banning the use of footballs, soccer balls, baseballs, etc. on the playground at recess. This same school is also banning games of tag and cartwheels. Really? Cartwheels? I have an idea. Let's just wrap these kids in bubble wrap until they turn 21. What ever happened to "go outside and play?" The most exercise some kids get is downloading an app. I see kids outside who are wearing more protective gear than a NFL linebacker, for goodness sake. How on earth are they ever going to toughen up and learn if adults are afraid that their kid might break a nail.
I don't like to see a child get hurt any more than the next person. My own brood had their share of bumps, cuts and bruises while they were growing up. But they learned. And they toughened up. And they grew into adults that I am proud of. Adults who can handle most anything that life throws at them. And they didn't learn this by being over-protected.
And then there is the elementary school that is not allowing their students to participate in any Halloween activities because someone might be offended. The school principal sent out a letter to parents that reads in part:
"Some holidays, like Halloween, that some see as secular, are viewed by others as having religious overtones. The district must always be mindful of the sensitivity of all the members of the community with regard to holidays and celebrations of a religious, cultural or secular nature. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that school districts may not endorse, prefer, favor, promote or advance any religious beliefs...."
If you are so flipping sensitive that a bunch of elementary school children dressed up as ghosts, fairy princesses and comic super heroes offends you, then you need to do something about that thin skin of yours. And I can't think of one good reason to change a long standing American tradition of celebrating Halloween. These are just kids. And the adults in charge seem to be bound and determined to suck the fun out of their lives.
Kids are kids for a very short time. How about just letting them be kids.
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