Because that’s what this is really all about, isn’t it? Adults don’t want children around with their shouting, and running, and interrupting, and growing-up-and-paying-taxes-to-support-the-welfare-state. Children should now all now be girls, who sit at tables and colour nice little pictures of all the damage human beings do to Earth. Banning things you play with from a playground, is like banning liquor from a bar. Oh sure, you can just sit around and talk, nibbling on deep fried chicken wings, but what’s the point? The point is that whoever is doing the banning doesn’t want bars and their patrons, to exist. Sort of got to wonder what’s going on in the minds of these Administrators…..
Anyone around my age (41) remembers all the super-dangerous toys we played with. Things like cap guns, lawn darts, flimsy 4′ above ground pools, bikes without helmets, un-cut up hot dogs. The only kids with any sort of padding were on a hockey rink (maybe.) I don’t remember any concussions from a soccer ball. I didn’t even know a soccer ball was hard enough to give you a concussion. Could it be (no don’t say it) that maybe, not letting kids play is actually making then less safe, because they don’t know what they are doing?
And when did it become a crime to act like a kid, or more specifically a kid who’s a boy? To run, jump, and take chances. There is a reason that more and more people are trying, when they have kids, to have girls. We like sit down, talk it out, get good marks, relationship minded ,”girlness.” Hey — I’ve got five girls and I love them dearly, but I can also see that my Big Boy is getting a raw deal. Like in Kindergarten, when 4 year olds are expected to sit immobile while listening to stories (hey — former porn stars don’t have time to sit through your kids’ fidgeting.) Like is an emphasis on safety at all cost in the slowed down slides and imagination play stations at the park. The characterizing of toy guns and other play that involves good and bad guys as anti-social, and imagining that it is an unnatural invention of a war-like culture. I know girls, and girls love to get in a big group and talk out a pecking order. Boys just want to take it outside.
This ball ban will probably be overturned, now that everyone is squawking about it. It’s the attitudes behind it that make me crazy, (like don’t let your kid walk alone anywhere.) Childhood is a fundamentally normal stage of human development. Stop treating it like a prison sentence.