Wednesday, November 04, 2009
With conker season all but over it never ceases to amaze me how each year there is a crop of stories relating to over protective schools either banning conkers, or insisting on some form of "protection" being worn, on the spurious grounds of health and safety.
This year the same sad old "health and safety" issues have cropped up, as the pupils of Adlington Primary School in Macclesfield have discovered. The pupils there, who wanted to play conkers in the playground, were been ordered to wear safety goggles because of health and safety issues.
Miss Broadhurst, the headteacher, said:
"We are quite an academic school and were determined the kids should have some fun - but we do it safely.
In terms of wearing goggles we just considered it was better to be safe than sorry. Conkers are generally frowned on now because a child somewhere in the country, at some point, has been hurt playing a game.
I suppose it does really show that health and safety has gone over the top."
1 Wrap the kids up in cotton wool and they will never grow into mature, responsible, self reliant, confident adults.
2 What about the danger of wrists being bruised by a badly aimed conker? Why not insist on pads for hands as well?
3 Risk and danger is necessary for a healthy well balanced life, remove risk and danger and you kill the human spirit.
4 Kids will look for other ways of getting a "rush from risk", eg running across railway lines.
5 This type of overreaction merely transfers the adults' anxiety onto the kids, thus damaging them psychologically.
6 If this "does really show that health and safety has gone over the top", why on earth implement this daft policy?
All in all it is an over reaction to a low risk situation.
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