More than you ever wanted to know about the adult plot to get rid of Tag & Recess!
Ban on Tag, Other Activities Makes Anti-Obesity Effort Ring Hollow
The Portland Press Herald directly links the growing trend to ban tag and other contact games during recess and
Schools Ruling Out Fun on Playground, Critics Say
Maria Sacchetti, The
Reporting on the "uproar" caused by
Common Sense in Recess
The News-Journal (Daytona Beach, FL) looks at the growing trend of schools banning contact sports during recess and argues: "There's a new bully in schools: overregulation." "[I]n a litigious climate," the paper explains, "schools try to limit claims as much as possible. Eliminating some risk of injury on the playground translates into reduced claims. And it diminishes playground supervisors' look-out duties. But pupils aren't actuarial variables. They're in school to learn, and some of their learning takes place on the playground. Schools aren't doing their students favors by overly controlling their environment." The paper lauds the experimental effort of one local middle school principal who is "go[ing] against the trend of cutting back on less structured activities" and, for two periods every Wednesday, is offering her students the opportunity to engage in such activities as arts and crafts, poetry writing, checkers – and touch football. "The idea," the paper writes,"[i]s to add to pupils' learning experiences, even if those entail activities not everyone has aptitude for: If touch football is exclusionary or too rough for some, it is also more inclusionary to those who might not feel so included in, say, algebra class."
Two More Schools Ban Tag
MetroWest Daily News (
You can add McCarthy Elementary in
Students Dodge Tag Ban
Chrissie Thompson, The
The recent ban on playing tag during recess at Willett Elementary in
The Associated Press,
"[F]or fear they'll get hurt and hold the school liable," administrators at