Should Tri-State Schools Add a Playground “Roughhousing Zone?” [POLL]
Kids will be kids. Full of energy that sometimes is hard to contain. While running, jumping, and climbing on the playground certainly helps burn up some of that energy that builds up during a school day, sometimes it's not enough and they may find themselves wrestling around with each other. Not only to burn up energy they struggle to control, but because they're human and for what ever reason we like to test our strength against other people to see how we stack up. At most schools, this is a no-no because someone may get hurt, but what if wasn't?
According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, several schools in Quebec, Canada have implemented "roughhousing zones" on the playground where kids can wrestle around and get a little more physical with each other.
Now then, it's not going to be some no-holds-barred, WWE style free-for-all. Little Timmy won't be allowed to drop an elbow on Little Johnny from the top of the jungle gym, nor will he be able to put him through a table. Neither of them will even be able to punch, kick, or bite the other either. While the term "roughhousing" may create those visuals, the zone will be constantly supervised by P.E. teachers at each school. Plus, before the kids can even participate, they have to take a "training session" where they'll learn to wrestle without resorting to the aforementioned WWE or UFC style tactics. They will also be told, and expected to follow, strict guidelines regarding the kind of physical play they are allowed to do.
It's certainly an interesting idea. Almost like a "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" kind of scenario. Kids will likely try to find a way to get by with a little roughhousing when the teacher isn't looking, so why not just let them do it while the teacher is looking (and make sure they don't get too carried away)? Will someone get hurt? Probably. But, they could also get hurt losing their grip on the monkey bars and falling to the ground, or falling out of a swing. They're kids. It's what they do.
What do you think? Would you be in favor of schools in the Tri-State implementing the same concept? Let us know by casting your vote in the poll below.
[Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation]