British school bans 'army game'

Teachers at a school in England reprimanded two seven-year-old boys for making gun shapes with their fingers, reports the Telegraph. A teacher accused the boys of threatening behavior. Parents said they were pretending to be soldiers.

Government inspectors rated the primary school as “good” last year, but said children should have greater freedom to play.

As in the U.S., British schools are limiting children’s play in the name of safety.

Earlier this year, a Liverpool school banned youngsters from playing football with anything other than sponge balls amid fears youngsters might get hurt.

Research last month also found that one in six British schools had banned conkers over concerns of pupils being hit in the face.

We used to play Pony Express and Indians with real bows and arrows (made of garden stakes) and water pistols. It was one of the few times in history when it was better to be an Indian. We could have put someone’s eye out, but didn’t.

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  1. Roger Sweeny says:

    The irony is that even if you believe that health is everything, this has the effect of making people less healthy. When it’s less fun to move around, people do it less, and you see increasing obesity, diabetes, etc. More days are taken off life by this action than are created. More injuries are created (ask a diabetic about his feet) than are prevented.

  2. If what they’re trying to achieve is a cohort of weak, coddled, irresponsible adults, then they’re certainly doing it right.