Elementary school forbids classic kid games from recess

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At Gold Ridge Elementary School in Folsom, California, recess has been rewired for students so as to no longer allow games like tag and touch football.

In an op-ed by Todd Starnes, the conservative columnist notes that school board officials have banned these types of games due to apparent issues of roughhousing and tough play. The school issued a letter to a few parents explaining their decision:

“Today we implemented new procedures at school aimed at reducing physical contact and related problem behaviors. Student(s) were instructed that physical contact, including tag games, touch football, etc. were not allowed in the yard.”

Starnes then cites a comment from a parent, Sam Hammer, about there being no such ban on physical contact sports and games back when he was a kid: “I don’t personally agree with it. It’s something we all did as kids and I never seen any harm come from it.”

Clearly, Starnes’ take on the matter is that America has gone through a “wussification” since the 1970s in terms of “participation trophies and gender neutrality and political correctness.” This has transcended into the playgrounds of schools, with classic kids’ games now being considered as dangerous and violent activities.

H/T: Todd Starnes

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