Playground games a safety threat or a medium for teaching dispute resolution skills? You decide
First safety-conscious (or fun-hating, depending on your perspective) school administrators banned dodgeball.
Next in their sights is tag, according to a story in USA Today, "'Not it!' More schools ban games at recess".
Banning playground games like tag, however, may hold serious consequences for children’s social development:
Critics of the bans say playing freely helps kids learn to negotiate rules and resolve disputes.(Thanks to the alert reader who sent me this.)
"They learn to change and to problem-solve," says Rhonda Clements, an education professor at Manhattanville College.