School: Turning Boys Into Vegtables
Here's a repost of a discussion on Reddit about this article:
(Toronto) School Bans Tag:
59 minutes ago
At first I wondered how this was relevant for the sub, but then I realized that this kind of thing is where it starts. I would guess that only a small minority of children agree that the game of tag should be so carefully monitored or even banned. But will those children who question it be taken seriously, or will they be treated as children who just want to break the rules? I think we know what's going to happen if that happens - dissenting children will be somehow silenced, and I bet there are children even now who disagree but know better than to speak up in any way.
The brainwashing starts so young. And in both directions. On one hand, people who don't like something like tag because...reasons? learn that they can get their way in the name of safety. And those who think this is stupid learn that there is no point in speaking up because their opinion will be shut down and they will perhaps even be punished or shamed.
I don't know what we can do about this, especially if we don't work in a school or have kids in school. And of course, even active work in this area will do nothing to address the issue in the present of college students demanding excessive protection from...something? while in college.
But combating this problem probably needs to involve work at the level of the elementary school, at least, though that can't solve the whole problem.
43 minutes ago
At some point in the 1980s they started giving drugs like Ritalin to hyperactive boys in grade 1.
Fast forward to today: What are kids suppose to do if even tag is deemed too dangerous?
They turned kids into vegetables.
32 minutes ago
Wonderful point. Even as far back as that, society was pathologizing/criminalizing maleness, going so far as to drug it out of boys in schools they worked so hard to design for girls.
Not to say that ADD/ADHD isn't a real thing, but it got way too easy way too fast for boys to get that diagnosis and drugs for it, when in many cases it was just that schools were not taking their natural needs into account, supposedly with the goal of making it "safer" for girls to learn, I guess, though we wouldn't have used that terminology at the time.
The process of turning kids into vegetables started a long time ago, it seems. In more ways than one. If tag is deemed too dangerous, what ARE kids supposed to do?
Stay inside and play video games, I guess. And then adults get to shame them for childhood obesity and for being anti social - when it's the adults who've been scaring them away from playing outside and from speaking to other people IRL.
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