Government Schools: Operation Zombie

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 3:59 pm by Neal

Here’s the latest on Operation Zombie (OZ) — the government school program to transform captive children into helpless, mindless, drooling, dependent wards of the Democrat Utopia of America. The Mission Ensuring Equal Kids (MEEK) is responsible for prohibiting any activity if it can be shown that one kid is having more fun than another. The victim of the day is “tag” — a playful sport cherished by countless children throughout the ages which has historically facilitated cardiovascular activity and dexterity.

Apparently, MEEK has determined that tag not only fosters the unequal attribute of aggression, but it also causes psychological damage to the “tagged” child when they are labeled “you’re it.” Tag joins dodge ball, break dancing, tug-of-war, ring-around-the-rosie, touch football and more on the List of Prohibited Play (LOPP).

Michelle Malkin has more details on the demise of tag and offers this sage advice that all parents should heed:

“With all that in mind, here is your reason number 99,995,432 to homeschool, via the WaPo:

A playground pastime is getting a timeout this spring at a McLean elementary school.

Robyn Hooker, principal of Kent Gardens Elementary School, has told students they may no longer play tag during recess after determining that the game of chasing, dodging and yelling “You’re it!” had gotten out of hand. Hooker explained to parents in a letter this month that tag had become a game “of intense aggression.”

The principal said that her goal is to keep students safe and that she hopes to restore tag (as well as touch football, also now on hold) after teachers and administrators review recess policies.

The decision has touched off a debate among parents. Some call the restriction an example of overzealous rulemaking that fails to address root problems and undermines children’s development; others say it’s best to err on the side of caution.

“We are regulating the fun out of normal childhood activity,” said Jan van Tol, father of a Kent Gardens sixth-grader. “In our effort to be so overprotective, we are not letting children be children.” …

The Fairfax County schools’ office of risk management maintains a list of activities that are prohibited at any school-sponsored events. In addition to bungee-jumping and scuba diving, students are not permitted to break dance or play dodge ball or tug-of-war.

Government schools = child abuse.

Get your kids out of OZ. There’s no place like home.

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