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2013-10-08 07:01:29 AM  
In my day we used to climb on a structure made of metal bars. No one died or suffered serious injuries that I know of. I imagine that even the name "Monkey Bars" would provoke a protest by PETA these days because of the name.
 
2013-10-08 07:24:21 AM  
A school in Toronto tried this a year or two ago.  Backfired pretty quickly.  Pretty sure there was protest where everyone brought balls to the school or something.
 
2013-10-08 07:25:36 AM  
Ha ha, snowflakes!!
To paraphrase David Berman - They are the trick their mothers played on the world.
 
2013-10-08 07:25:40 AM  
I can still see your nuts.
 
2013-10-08 07:30:25 AM  
Don't forget to protect your pets as well.

corgipals.org
 
2013-10-08 07:31:32 AM  
It's all about lawsuits. If schools can't get sued for shiat that happens when it's the children's fault, then they wouldn't be putting all sorts of restrictions that pussifies everyone.
 
2013-10-08 07:32:29 AM  
One of our favorite recess pastimes was playing what we called "bumper cars" on the swingsets... It would've been more accurate to call it "swing jousting", though... Usually 2, but sometimes 3 or 4 of us would each take one swing, and move back as far as possible, directly opposing each other, and then would simultaneously let loose and directly fly at each other as quickly as possible, with the goal of knocking each other out of the swing seat... Minor injuries were not only common, but pretty much intentional!

But, I suppose back then no one ever thought of suing the damn school when one of us got hurt, either... Surely, that's the main driving force behind this overprotective nonsense these days...
 
2013-10-08 07:33:15 AM  

fusillade762: In my day we used to climb on a structure made of metal bars. No one died or suffered serious injuries that I know of. I imagine that even the name "Monkey Bars" would provoke a protest by PETA these days because of the name.


And the monkey bars were set in a surface of asphalt or concrete. Yet somehow, we all survived.
 
2013-10-08 07:36:02 AM  
And thee number of wraps of bubble wrap shall be three.
 
2013-10-08 07:37:35 AM  

RobSeace: One of our favorite recess pastimes was playing what we called "bumper cars" on the swingsets... It would've been more accurate to call it "swing jousting", though... Usually 2, but sometimes 3 or 4 of us would each take one swing, and move back as far as possible, directly opposing each other, and then would simultaneously let loose and directly fly at each other as quickly as possible, with the goal of knocking each other out of the swing seat... Minor injuries were not only common, but pretty much intentional!

But, I suppose back then no one ever thought of suing the damn school when one of us got hurt, either... Surely, that's the main driving force behind this overprotective nonsense these days...


That definitely would not be allowed these days as it would be a patent violation and open the school up to all sorts of lawuit

http://www.google.ca/patents/US6368227
 
2013-10-08 07:39:52 AM  
The board memeber$ don't wan't to watch your kids dashing themselves against insurance premiumns and legal fees. Money talks, plebs walk sit on a bench.
 
2013-10-08 07:40:32 AM  
Uniforms made of bubble wrap? That sounds like something I'd pay extra for.
 
2013-10-08 07:44:26 AM  

fusillade762: In my day we used to climb on a structure made of metal bars. No one died or suffered serious injuries that I know of. I imagine that even the name "Monkey Bars" would provoke a protest by PETA these days because of the name.


When I was in second grade, a girl in first grade fell off the monkey bars and broke both her legs.

We were out on the playground for recess, including the monkey bars, about an hour later.

/csb
 
2013-10-08 07:46:09 AM  
What if the students are allergic to bubble wrap? I bet they didn't think of that.
 
2013-10-08 07:57:49 AM  
Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem
 
2013-10-08 07:58:12 AM  

oryx: What if the students are allergic to bubble wrap? I bet they didn't think of that.


Then use packing peanu....oh, wait.
 
2013-10-08 08:07:45 AM  
This is apparently from a Fox News "report" and is, naturally, taking off primarily on whackadoo sites like Breitbart and The Moonie Times.

And there's no explanation in any of them of what the school actually said to anybody, just a long string of whining from students they interviewed and quotes from Twitter.

Seems legit.

/ you may now return to your regularly scheduled and entirely inappropriate outrage
 
2013-10-08 08:17:19 AM  

Joe Blowme: Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem


Hear, Hear.... That about sums it up now doesn't it.
 
2013-10-08 08:17:27 AM  
In 1972, one of the things me and my friends did in the 2nd grade was to play "paratroopers" by swinging as high up as we could and then flying off the swing to land & roll. The higher up you could swing before letting go the better. And distance from the swing counted as well. Looking back, it's a miracle none of us even had so much as a sprained ankle.

And yes, we did have one of those ultra-tall metal butt-burning slides as well. And the "Whirl & Puke". And the teeter totters where it became a game of brinksmanship on whether you could unexpectedly hop off your side and make the other person land ass-first on the ground before they pulled that on you.


I guess since this was in the days before "Stranger Danger" and Amber Alerts, Darwin had to try to thin the herd with what he had.
 
2013-10-08 08:21:34 AM  
For my son's birthday this year, we had it at a park with all of the old metal style playground equipment (monkey bars, too), and I brought footballs, soccer balls, baseballs, etc.

I guess I am the worst parent in the world.

/I was having a lot of fun on the swings, though...love going up high
 
2013-10-08 08:23:31 AM  
The silly thing is, at least when I was a kid many moons ago. It wasn't the balls (insert joke here) that caused the problems, it was what we did to the guy with the ball, the guy trying to get the ball or the guy trying to do something to the guy with the ball that caused the injury.

Hell, we played football every day at lunch in Jr. High with a Nerf football (easier to transport)...

Balls don't hurt people (insert joke here) but what people do with balls hurt people.
 
2013-10-08 08:24:10 AM  
People forget that kids aren't fragile.  If I were to experience a fall or a bike crash right now that I did as a kid, it be a trip in an ambulance and weeks of rehabilitation.  Let them play hard while they can.
 
2013-10-08 08:32:11 AM  
Yeah... I've definitely been raising my son with the "let him hurt himself, that'll learn em" philosophy.  Im finding that independence in such ways seems to encourage improvement of his problem solving skills compared to his coddled peers.

Hopefully I'm not damaging him in some unseen way... parenting is complicated.  lol.
 
2013-10-08 08:33:36 AM  
The merry-go-round at my 6th grade school had a section of boards missing, you could push by stepping down into the void and really get it going, of course if you fell through it probably would have at least beaten you to a pulp or at worst ground you to skinned up bits, it had been that way, according to others, since kindergarden  and stayed that way until replaced 4 years later.
 
2013-10-08 08:35:32 AM  
Zoltan!
 
2013-10-08 08:42:28 AM  

MadMonk: People forget that kids aren't fragile.  If I were to experience a fall or a bike crash right now that I did as a kid, it be a trip in an ambulance and weeks of rehabilitation.  Let them play hard while they can.


This.

SpdrJay: Zoltan!


Ha!
 
2013-10-08 08:50:54 AM  
"football is out and Nerf ball is in. Hard soccer balls have been banned, along with baseballs and lacrosse balls, rough games of tag, or cartwheels unless supervised by a coach.
Students were not thrilled about the news.
"Cartwheels and tag - I think it's ridiculous they are banning that," one said.
"You go for recess - that's your free time to go let loose and recharge," another said.
"That's all we want to do," a third student said. "We're in school all day sitting behind the desk learning."

#1 is liability
#2 is that the schools don't pay teachers to police student activity
#3 is the school doesn't have EMT's on staff
#4 Have you ever seen Todd drill that football into Jennifers ear?  She totally didn't know it was coming and Todd well, he's played Pee Wee since forever and he KNOW's how to throw.  She was hearing impaired for a good long time.
#5 View the national championships for gymnastics and watch the injuries - those kids are TRAINED to do routines and they STILL have accidents.
#6 "You go to recess . . ." Now we interview Sixth Graders for their views on anything?
#7 "sitting behind the desk learning"  Well, now you're learning how to comport yourself like a human being.

Playground injuries are a joke for those that never got hurt.  To the kids that did get hurt and the teachers and nurses that had to care for them, they're a nightmare.

Nerf is a great moderate / middle ground concept.  Take your bubble wrap commentary and shove it you childless teabaggers.

Thanks to Todd, Jennifer couldn't hear what I wanted to do with her and Playdoh and Mr. Machine, Bwah hahaha
 
2013-10-08 08:51:48 AM  

Marcintosh: "football is out and Nerf ball is in. Hard soccer balls have been banned, along with baseballs and lacrosse balls, rough games of tag, or cartwheels unless supervised by a coach.
Students were not thrilled about the news.
"Cartwheels and tag - I think it's ridiculous they are banning that," one said.
"You go for recess - that's your free time to go let loose and recharge," another said.
"That's all we want to do," a third student said. "We're in school all day sitting behind the desk learning."

#1 is liability
#2 is that the schools don't pay teachers to police student activity
#3 is the school doesn't have EMT's on staff
#4 Have you ever seen Todd drill that football into Jennifers ear?  She totally didn't know it was coming and Todd well, he's played Pee Wee since forever and he KNOW's how to throw.  She was hearing impaired for a good long time.
#5 View the national championships for gymnastics and watch the injuries - those kids are TRAINED to do routines and they STILL have accidents.
#6 "You go to recess . . ." Now we interview Sixth Graders for their views on anything?
#7 "sitting behind the desk learning"  Well, now you're learning how to comport yourself like a human being.

Playground injuries are a joke for those that never got hurt.  To the kids that did get hurt and the teachers and nurses that had to care for them, they're a nightmare.

Nerf is a great moderate / middle ground concept.  Take your bubble wrap commentary and shove it you childless teabaggers.

Thanks to Todd, Jennifer couldn't hear what I wanted to do with her and Playdoh and Mr. Machine, Bwah hahaha


I wasn't exactly athletic, but I played outside and got hurt plenty of times playing alone or with friends.
 
2013-10-08 08:53:24 AM  

fusillade762: I imagine that even the name "Monkey Bars" would provoke a protest by PETA these days because of the name.


How much for a newsletter subscription?

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2013-10-08 08:54:06 AM  
Awesome idea, there.  I guess now the kids will just have to play with whatever they can find lying around on the ground, like rocks, sticks, broken glass, dead animals, because safety.
 
2013-10-08 08:57:47 AM  

skozlaw: This is apparently from a Fox News "report" and is, naturally, taking off primarily on whackadoo sites like Breitbart and The Moonie Times.

And there's no explanation in any of them of what the school actually said to anybody, just a long string of whining from students they interviewed and quotes from Twitter.

Seems legit.

/ you may now return to your regularly scheduled and entirely inappropriate outrage


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2013-10-08 08:58:34 AM  
In 6th grade we played "Smear the Queer" at recess and we liked it, weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee loved it.

/actually I didn't play. I hid inside
 
2013-10-08 08:59:18 AM  

MadMonk: People forget that kids aren't fragile.  If I were to experience a fall or a bike crash right now that I did as a kid, it be a trip in an ambulance and weeks of rehabilitation.  Let them play hard while they can.


I learned that after my oldest took some spills learning to walk...after that, I just let her do whatever.  She's naturally cautious, so it's never much of a worry.  My son, however, got his first stitches at 14 months old because he was using one of his toys as a climber and it tipped him face-first into the edge of the coffee table.  Hasn't stopped him from climbing, and I haven't stopped him from climbing.  We don't buy many toys, but the ones that we do get tend to be stuff for physical activity.  I'd rather the kids be kids before they are stuck in school for 8 hours a day.
 
2013-10-08 09:02:10 AM  

Cybernetic: fusillade762: In my day we used to climb on a structure made of metal bars. No one died or suffered serious injuries that I know of. I imagine that even the name "Monkey Bars" would provoke a protest by PETA these days because of the name.

And the monkey bars were set in a surface of asphalt or concrete. Yet somehow, we all survived.


I was the kid that screwed it up for everyone else - at 8 years old, I fell off playground equipment at my school on a Sunday, fractured my skull and broke both arms.  Nearly died; the skull fracture saved me because it relieved the pressure on my brain from the concussion.  Good times.

/was 8
//friend I was playing with thought I was dead and left me there
///found four hours later
 
2013-10-08 09:09:17 AM  
Step 1: Ban all physical activities to reduce injuries.
Step 2: Wring hands because kids are becoming a bunch of fatties
Step 3: "Improve" school lunches by doubling prices to serve food that the kids won't eat.
Step 4: Profit??
 
2013-10-08 09:16:20 AM  

Walker: In 6th grade we played "Smear the Queer" at recess and we liked it, weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee loved it.



Well, that brings back memories...
/not necessarily good ones, but memories nonetheless
 
2013-10-08 09:18:07 AM  
When you take the balls away from the good boys, only the bad boys will have balls.
 
2013-10-08 09:19:20 AM  
Are Nerf Crotch Bats still OK?
 
2013-10-08 09:19:59 AM  
Look, I know that the Giants are pretty bad this year, but this is just silly.

/try the veal.
 
2013-10-08 09:20:36 AM  

CasperImproved: When you take the balls away from the good boys, only the bad boys will have balls.


Yes, yes they do.

Rawr.
 
2013-10-08 09:23:02 AM  
It's school, they shouldn't be having fun anyway.

//That would have been the response from my gym teacher in grade school.
 
2013-10-08 09:57:46 AM  
www.useragentman.com

No Zoltan yet?
 
2013-10-08 10:05:17 AM  

Marcintosh: Playground injuries are a joke for those that never got hurt. To the kids that did get hurt and the teachers and nurses that had to care for them, they're a nightmare.


Oh boo farking hoo.

I played contact sports for all of my young life (soccer, hockey, football) and had numerous broken bones and assorted injuries. One of which required surgery to correct.  I'm currently employed managing projects, and people. Nearly all my leadership and people management skills come directly from my experiences on the field and ice.  Injuries are part of life and should be treated as a calculated risk.  Sometimes building character is worth the risk of an injury especially in kid who will heal fast and isn't at risk of losing employment due to being unable to perform some job function.

I say let the kids play.
 
2013-10-08 10:07:54 AM  
You know all those Boomer/GenX/ Millennial threads where people argue that every generation is the same? Old people become lame and the new generation becomes cool?
This is yet another example of how new generation is inferior. They aren't allowed to do shiat. Even they know it sucks.
 
2013-10-08 10:11:10 AM  
Seriously?  No pictures of hot chicks wearing bubblewrap dresses?  Fark, I am disappoint.
 
2013-10-08 10:31:07 AM  
The Port Washington district said the softer foam balls put students in the best situation to cut down the chance of getting injured becoming well-adjusted adults with real life experiences to build character on.
 
2013-10-08 10:43:56 AM  

safetycap: fusillade762: I imagine that even the name "Monkey Bars" would provoke a protest by PETA these days because of the name.

How much for a newsletter subscription?


Well now right there is proof that at least SOME balls SHOULD be banned...from everywhere...which brings me to wonder; what on earth did the balls responsible for these two look like? Eeewwwwww!
 
2013-10-08 10:51:40 AM  

Literally Addicted: Cybernetic: fusillade762: In my day we used to climb on a structure made of metal bars. No one died or suffered serious injuries that I know of. I imagine that even the name "Monkey Bars" would provoke a protest by PETA these days because of the name.

And the monkey bars were set in a surface of asphalt or concrete. Yet somehow, we all survived.

I was the kid that screwed it up for everyone else - at 8 years old, I fell off playground equipment at my school on a Sunday, fractured my skull and broke both arms.  Nearly died; the skull fracture saved me because it relieved the pressure on my brain from the concussion.  Good times.

/was 8
//friend I was playing with thought I was dead and left me there
///found four hours later


Great friend, lol..."oh wow my friend is dead. Okay, well I'm going home now, have me a peanut butter & jelly sammich".
 
2013-10-08 11:04:40 AM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-08 12:02:08 PM  

poodebunker: Great friend, lol..."oh wow my friend is dead. Okay, well I'm going home now, have me a peanut butter & jelly sammich".


She was 7.  I don't blame her at all.

I do, however, feel really sorry for the girl who found me, surprisingly recognized me, and brought me home.  My dad yelled at her for moving my unconcious body.  Again, a kid, what did she know at age 10?

OTOH, I had a lot of childhood accidents, so you'd think my parents would have kept a closer watch on me.
 
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