Just wondered if any of you have about the death of games like tag on school playgrounds?
I volunteer in a local nursery school once a week. Last Thursday I had this exchange with some students during playtime.
Me: Let’s play some freeze tag!
Child #1: We aren’t supposed to play tag.
Child #2: Yeah, you want to get us in trouble or something?
Me: What kind of rule is that? Why can’t you play tag?
Child #3: ‘Cus it’s The Rule.
Child #4: (Whispering, as if the playground is bugged ): We still play sometimes in secret when the teachers are just talking.
I emailed the headmaster and she says it is just “too dangerous” with so many kids on the playground.
In a year, this school will merge with another into a shiny new building (which looks kind of like a perky prison) with over 700 older students. I’m afraid to think about what will classified as too dangerous then?
UPDATE: Today at playtime I learned that the children are not allowed to play in and/or with snow on the playground. The children are restricted to the cleared tarmac area of the playground. I also saw two great looking perfect-for-play sticks taken away from children and put in protective custody.
I shudder to think what would happen to a child caught playing tag in the snow while holding a stick?