A Timeout for Tag?

My sister just called to share this ABSURD article with me. Hello! What on earth are people thinking?!?! Apparently, playing tag (and other chasing games) at school is hazardous to the growth,well-being, and self-esteem of our children. Some schools have even gone so far as to implement "structured recess programs." Good grief.

My heart breaks for these children who will grow up with absolutely ZERO coping skills. In an attempt to eliminate every trial, problem, struggle, and failure, these future men and women will expect a blissful utopia. A place where they can feel good about themselves and everything and everyone all the time. Given that such idyllic paradise doesn't exist here on earth, I would imagine they'll be faced with enormous disillusion and frustration when life ceases to meet their expectations. Sadly, not being trained by parents, teachers, and other influential adults, because the obstacles were all removed, they won't have the ability to deal with life.

It's a part of growing up and life. We do NOT live in utopia. Everything does NOT go our way. It is just as important to learn how to deal with disappointment and frustration as it is to learn to think, cook, and pay bills.

This is one of those issues that, while utterly ridiculous, takes on a new perspective when seen through a spiritual lens. Once again, our culture seeks to do everything contrary to God and His word (which should come as no surprise. God clearly tells us this in His word). They blur the lines of truth. Make them fuzzy so everyone can define his or her own truth and reality. I believe this is yet another way to indoctrinate our children in the ways of a Godless, postmodern world.

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!" 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Yet another reason that I homeschool my children.

For another thought (from me) on blurring the lines of truth, go here.


Gina said...

I read the article to my husband who replied "so I guess dodge ball is out too?" LOL

Ridiculous. I know someone who goes to great lengths to make sure her child is never upset, hurt or wants for anything. Someday life is gonna come along and slap that kid up side the head!

Barbara Frank said...

Isn't it funny that we homeschoolers are accused of trying to protect our children from the harsh realities of life, when in actuality, ours live a more normal life (not locked up in a schoolroom all day with kids exactly their age, not forbidden to play tag, etc.) than today's schoolchildren?

Great post :)

Dianne - Bunny Trails said...

Gina - yeah, dodge ball has been "out" for quite awhile. How sad for that child.

Barbara - you are so right. It really is getting to the place that our kids do live a more "normal" life! That's God for you - turning everything upside down. I'm glad to be on His side.

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