Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Playground Police: Playworks And Progressives

                 More and more elementary schools around the United States are so concerned with the “politics” of their playgrounds  that they are hiring “recess consultants” to police them. The firm that provides the “consultants,” Playworks,  says recess can be more inclusive and beneficial to children if it’s more structured and if phrases like, “Hey, you’re out!” are replaced with “good job” or “nice try.”
                Yes, Playground Police, that’s what we need. And we certainly need to ban more “phrases.” I myself recall weeks and weeks of despair spent trying to somehow put my life back together  after one of my schoolmates informed me, “Hey, you’re out!” during a heated game of Dodge-ball (now banned) or tag.
These kids will certainly be well equipped as young adults to face the business world, ISIS, AL-Qaeda, Russia, China, Iran, Kim Jong-un, et. al.
                Playworks “oversees” the games and activities and designs them to reduce unruliness and ensure that no children are left out. Schools pay the company many thousands of dollars to do this.
Structured, instructed, policed play…isn’t  “play”  at all. The heavy adult presence changes the recess dynamic leaving many kids confused and joyless. At a few schools, some classes and even entire grades have signed petitions to draw their school official’s attention to the fact that this new direction is an unwise one.
                This is all part of progressive’s plans to take away more and more of our freedoms while making us ever more docile. When we are (made) less independent we by definition become more dependent…on our government’s that tell us that they are doing (whatever it is that they are doing at any given time) it for our own safety and benefit. If we don’t have the character, courage, faith and fortitude to resist this domestication-by-dependency now, we never will, as this process has been going on in the West for decades and has done irreparable, and nearly insurmountable, harm. We continually allow ourselves to pay more and more money for dumber and dumber- and more counterproductive- government programs and policies. We need to tell government, “Hey, you’re out! (But nice try!).”

                Our playgrounds should be grounds for play, not social engineering.

                And  that, my dear Watson, should be elementary.

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