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(National Post)   New Zealand school decides there aren't enough kids with broken arms, lets them play and roughhouse without rules   (news.nationalpost.com) divider line 106
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2014-03-31 05:28:15 PM
Good.  Now here's hoping we can tell the parents and their lawyers to fark off.
 
2014-03-31 06:06:51 PM
 
2014-03-31 06:47:29 PM
ZOMG!  What will happen to the snowflakes!!!
 
2014-03-31 06:58:52 PM

gnosis301: Good.  Now here's hoping we can tell the parents and their lawyers to fark off.


We tell the parents to fark off.

We let the Maori kill and eat the lawyers.

www.ourreallybigadventure.com
 
2014-03-31 06:58:54 PM
Where's the damn "HERO" tag???
 
2014-03-31 06:59:20 PM
As opposed to meticulously organised rugby.
 
2014-03-31 07:01:48 PM
scary? really?  no....the scary part is what kind of lumpy, unmotivated brat-holes that are coming up these days. Should be "spiffy".
 
2014-03-31 07:02:05 PM

gnosis301: Good.  Now here's hoping we can tell the parents and their lawyers to fark off.


Not a lot lawyers here in kiwi-land can do about anything at all. They are a sad and neutered breed, with no chance to sue anyone for compensation for personal injury ever. Wont someone please think of the lawyers?
 
2014-03-31 07:03:00 PM
No rules?  So Jarts are OK?
 
2014-03-31 07:05:43 PM
And this is bad/"scary" why, subby?
 
2014-03-31 07:06:31 PM
Scary... If you come from the land of cream puffs, snowflakes, and helicopters.
 
2014-03-31 07:06:37 PM
Good.  Toughen the little biatches up.  It's a rough world out there.
 
2014-03-31 07:08:47 PM
Things like this can work in a place that doesn't have an ingrained lawsuit culture. Which is why it wouldn't work in the US.
 
2014-03-31 07:09:44 PM
No rules are good, they let you identify social issues before they boil over.
 
2014-03-31 07:09:50 PM
Good. Keeps 'em tough for the spiders, and tigers, and drop bears, and the well trained boxing kangas.
 
2014-03-31 07:12:02 PM
Good, too many kids grow up wrapped in this safety blanket sure in the knowledge that no matter what they do they will be protected, only to find out that the world really doesn't give a shiat about you, they are the reason hair dryers have "do not use in shower" labels on em, why my new lawn mower had 5 different "don't stick your hands in here"  stickers on it and the table saw I was looking at the other day had so many guards and safety interlocks on it that it was virtually impossible to use unless you were standing at least 20 feet away using a remote rig to feed the wood in. Let em take the small bumps, bruises, lacerations, and even occasional broken bones while young and in a semi controlled environment, it will save all of us a lot of grief later.


/besides there are a few kids out there who really need to be weeded out of the gene pool post haste....
 
2014-03-31 07:12:46 PM
They aren't going to allow games that have winners are they?!?
 
2014-03-31 07:13:22 PM
done in one.
 
2014-03-31 07:14:09 PM
Teachers leave the kids alone.
 
2014-03-31 07:14:19 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: Meanwhile in lily white Wonderbread Suburbia...


heh, Mooneyham
 
2014-03-31 07:17:32 PM
Hero tag?

Spiffy?

How is this "scary?"
 
2014-03-31 07:17:52 PM
Just like the good ol'days
 
2014-03-31 07:18:01 PM
This is New Zealand, when it's supervised they're playing rugby... there's really no difference :P  

Though seriously, let the kids play, keep an eye out for bullying and that's all you really need. In elementary school we would go walk through the woods behind the school, a good mile away form the school. We'd hear the whistle and run back to class, no biggie.
 
2014-03-31 07:18:21 PM

Someothermonkey: Things like this can work in a place that doesn't have an ingrained lawsuit culture. Which is why it wouldn't work in the US.


Just got back from a road trip to Savannah. I was amazed at the ads on TV. Every other ad was for some pharmaceutical with a list of side effects that took 2 minutes to describe. In between were ads by lawyers asking you to hop on the class action bandwagon against pharmaceutical companies. "Are you a man taking Risperdal who's grown breasts?" And the billboards were either for medical care, gun shows or personal injury lawyers.
 
2014-03-31 07:20:33 PM

beefoe: No rules?  So Jarts are OK?


Played Jarts since I was 4 or 5 years old, never once did anyone ever get hit by one, and I tried like hell to nail my older brother more than once, damn he could move fast.
 
2014-03-31 07:21:34 PM

macadamnut: As opposed to meticulously organised rugby.


Gotta get the kids toughened up so they can practice through summer.
 
2014-03-31 07:22:16 PM
I think its great.
 
2014-03-31 07:22:29 PM
scoggins.net
 
2014-03-31 07:24:17 PM
That article started off like a freaking James Bond novel.
 
2014-03-31 07:24:24 PM
My brother got a dart (not a jart just a dart) in the forehead. stood there wailing with it sticking out horizontally for about 10 minute, I swear it was the funniest thing I ever saw. The rest of us were crying with laughter, noone did a damned thing to help him.

In our defense we were about 10 and he is a farking douche. God I wish I had video.
 
2014-03-31 07:26:39 PM
My son is two and has already had stitches right above his eye and I lost count of how many times he's bloodied his lip.  He's also caught his fingers in several things and nearly broke them.  I just took my daughter to the doctor today because she was complaining that her leg hurt (just turned out to be a deep bruise from falling and hitting her shin).

Kids get hurt, it's part of the learning process.  If you take that away from them, then they don't learn their boundaries.  Obviously, I would never let my kids play out in a busy street or be alone around a pool, but they need to be able to play and get out their excess energy.
 
2014-03-31 07:27:52 PM
Back in the day  if you went in the houseand you didn't have a broken bone or were bleeding out you got a smack upside the head and told to get back outside. Guess kids were a little tougher back then
 
2014-03-31 07:28:53 PM

gaspode: My brother got a dart (not a jart just a dart) in the forehead. stood there wailing with it sticking out horizontally for about 10 minute, I swear it was the funniest thing I ever saw. The rest of us were crying with laughter, noone did a damned thing to help him.

In our defense we were about 10 and he is a farking douche. God I wish I had video.


My sister and I once played about the stupidest game ever invented, called "Who can throw the large rock over the other's head while she's swinging?"

Technically, my sister 'lost', but I was the one with the bloody forehead.
 
2014-03-31 07:29:43 PM
wpmedia.news.nationalpost.com

I can tell you exactly what happened right after this picture was taken.  I can also tell you that the kid in the middle of the tire puked like a broken fire hydrant.**

I can also tell you that by the next day he was ready for another go.  Tire rides beat xBox any day.

**We didn't have cable growing up...
 
2014-03-31 07:31:24 PM
Good job subby, you are reeling them in.
 
2014-03-31 07:34:28 PM
There is an inverse relationship between broken arms and obesity.  There aren't enough kids with broken arms.
 
2014-03-31 07:36:26 PM
Ahhh, the good ol' days of one-rule soccer: Rule #1 - The ball has to go in the other team's goal to score.
 
2014-03-31 07:36:37 PM
Didn't RTFA...but this would be good.
 
2014-03-31 07:39:00 PM
As a kid never got hurt from any roughhousing on the playground. Only because I was lucky and getting into minor accidents on the playground toughened me. Probably the worst thing to happen to me as a kid was playing in the sand pit and accidentally finding sand covered dog shiat. Why did people let their dogs shiat in the playground?
 
2014-03-31 07:39:34 PM
Scary?

Hell yeah...scary awesome!
 
2014-03-31 07:44:45 PM

Skyd1v: [wpmedia.news.nationalpost.com image 620x465]

I can tell you exactly what happened right after this picture was taken.  I can also tell you that the kid in the middle of the tire puked like a broken fire hydrant.**

I can also tell you that by the next day he was ready for another go.  Tire rides beat xBox any day.

**We didn't have cable growing up...


I tried that as a kid. Once.
 
2014-03-31 07:44:45 PM

ReapTheChaos: [scoggins.net image 600x446]


came for this, leaving happy
 
2014-03-31 07:45:05 PM
FTFA: "less bullying, less tattling"

It does have to be noted that he might have the connection wrong here.

But overall yes, I think he's on the right track here.  Bring back asphalt playgrounds.  Skinned knees and broken arms build character.

/even I'm not sure how much of any of this I mean
 
2014-03-31 07:47:58 PM

ReapTheChaos:


I was a little older in the 70s, we could have used the knee pads and helmets every time quualudes came to town.
 
2014-03-31 07:50:43 PM

gaspode: gnosis301: Good.  Now here's hoping we can tell the parents and their lawyers to fark off.

Not a lot lawyers here in kiwi-land can do about anything at all. They are a sad and neutered breed, with no chance to sue anyone for compensation for personal injury ever. Wont someone please think of the lawyers?


Wait, what?  Do you guys have single payer?  I haven't thought about it, but if everyone gets health care from the government, then the lawyers couldn't sue for personal injury damage.  The hundreds of billions of dollars saved from the lawyers might be almost enough to cover any extra burden to the economy.
 
2014-03-31 07:54:01 PM

lindalouwho: ReapTheChaos:

I was a little older in the 70s, we could have used the knee pads and helmets every time quualudes came to town.


Feel'in' fine  on a 714


/Godz rock n roll
 
2014-03-31 07:56:26 PM

AngryDragon: Good.  Toughen the little biatches up.  It's a rough world out there.


But then who will go on the internet and complain about the inequities of life?
 
2014-03-31 07:56:57 PM

BluVeinThrobber: lindalouwho: ReapTheChaos:

I was a little older in the 70s, we could have used the knee pads and helmets every time quualudes came to town.

Feel'in' fine  on a 714


/Godz rock n roll


Ever notice that's the number on the badge on Dragnet?
 
2014-03-31 07:59:00 PM

ReapTheChaos: [scoggins.net image 600x446]


I love that image, I just wish whoever created it had the slightest idea how apostrophes work.
 
2014-03-31 07:59:08 PM

GoldSpider: There is an inverse relationship between broken arms and obesity.  There aren't enough kids with broken arms.


Ulna & radius, 5th grade. Ross 10 spd, steep hill, and a '71 coup de Ville. Not obese. Correl-ausation proven
 
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