Friday, October 27, 2006

Another Salvo in the War Against Boys

Here in Queer Nation (Massachusetts) the feminization of boys and the masculization of girls continues apace. From the Sun Chronicle:

Tag is now out during recess at Willett Elementary School in Attleboro.

So is touch football and any other unsupervised "chasing" games that are deemed to pose the risk of injury as well as liability to the school.

"It's a time when accidents can happen," said Principal Gaylene Heppe, in her second year at the helm of Willett.

Heppe included the new rule as part of a standardized set of playground rules that were not in play upon her arrival.

In doing so, she joined in a growing movement against traditional games played by young children in school gymnasiums and playgrounds. A few years ago, school administrators in the area, as well as around the country, took aim at dodgeball, saying it was an
exclusionary and dangerous game. Modified versions now include softer balls and ways for children to re-enter the action.

"I think that it's unfortunate that kids' lives are micromanaged and there are social skills they'll never develop on their own," said Debbie Laferriere, who has two children at Willett.

"Playing tag is just part of being a kid," she said. "Now, for children not to be able to make those decisions by themselves without interference from adults doesn't give them the opportunity to make their own choices."

Games like tag give children "social skills that transfer to later in life," she said.

Parent Christine McAndrews agreed.

"I think it's a little bit silly," she said, adding that she was not aware the rule was in place.

Willett parent Celeste D'Elia, on the other hand, backed Heppe's decision. Her son, she said, feels safer and enjoys the alternatives to throwing a football around.

"I've witnessed enough near collisions" in the playground area, D'Elia said. "I support anything that makes the playground safer and helps teacher to keep track of them."

Oh my, "near collissions", someone could scrape a knee!

Mind you Willet's "son" could always enjoy the alternatives, but now he has the administration cracking down on anything but the "alternatives." He is probably an uncoordinated dork, now everybody is being force marched down that road.

There will be more on the "queering" of the childrne in Massachusetts, I promise!

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