Oh lord... It's funny; when I got online, a friend of mine told me he was reading the news. Five minutes later (and before I'd gotten on here) he tells me about this very thing. We have a light-hearted discussion which led to much sarcasm, and now, here we are. The most ridiculous news items get around. :laugh:
Okay, let me just follow that preface with this preface: this is the most asinine piece of crud in the history of ever. In fact, if I hadn't discussed this with my friend before seeing this, I might have initially thought it was a farce. However, considering my already-low opinion of people in general, I would believe a farce over reality anyway, so I would have believed this. The fact that it is genuinely true really makes it all the worse.
Children have accidents. They get boo-boos, scraped knees, bumps on the head, broken limbs, scratches. Why? THEY ARE CHILDREN! Children roughhouse, have fun, play rough, and they're going to get hurt; in fact, part of being a child is that you do have these accidents. But now we're going to start safeguarding them from actually living? What idiot(s) came up with this completely comical idea? Children are going to get bruised, but they'll get up and be fine; you can't protect them all the time, and trying to shield them is going to do even more damage. I wish I was a parent, just so I could claim my child's favorite game had been banned and it caused him psychological trauma, and I would threaten to sue on that basis (not that that would fly, but it's the kind of irrational thinking that's led to this ban anyway).
The fact that they just don't want to be held liable makes it all the worse, seeing how that is just symptomatic of the greater problem in the world (not just America). Life's about taking risks; if they're going to want to not be held liable, they should rather send out some kind of waiver for parents to sign, absolving them of any guilt if their children are harmed during recess or game-play (isn't recess being cancelled in schools, now, anyway? God, what is the world coming to?). It makes one wish for simpler times, when suing people wasn't the norm.
VonDondu wrote:I used to think that school officials didn't do enough to protect children from other children, and I wondered what it would take to make them change their attitude. Now the answer is obvious: lawsuits. In some ways, lawsuits really are out of control, and it's not surprising that they affect people's behavior. In a way, that's the whole point. Lawsuits "send a message", and people listen if they're smart. One way to look at thse new developments in schools is that school officials are doing these things not to protect the children, but to protect themselves. Watch what happens when we get some "tort reform". I'm sure we'll go back to business as usual. It's a pendulum.
That's the funny thing, isn't it? We always think people are either not doing enough or doing too much (although I suppose it could be argued by really over-protective parents that how could one over-do it when protecting children is concerned?
). But I agree completely; lawsuits are definitely out of control, so the fact that it can impact everyday-life is not at all surprising. It's really sad. Hopefully, when I have kids, this ridiculousness will be behind us, and my children will come home with scraped knees from a rough little bit of tag.
Dowaco wrote:I fear we are raising a generation of overprotected kids who will whine their whole lives instead of taking charge of situations. The other outcome is that when they rebel in their teens (and it will happen) they will swing the pendulum so far the other way that violence will become normal.
Oh, we are already there. I listen to people whine and complain a lot already; if anything, my generation is probably the one where the kids grow into adults who whine their whole lives. The idea that this can possibly get worse, though, is both sickening and frightening.