Tuesday, August 24, 2004
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Politically Correct Recess

Only in California... Sacramento Bee: Recess gets regulated -- Worried about safety, schools restrict traditional games by Sandy Louey Concerned about safety and injuries and worried about bullying, violence, self-esteem and lawsuits, school officials have clamped down on the traditional games from years past. Gone from many blacktops are tag, dodgeball and any game involving bodily contact. In are organized relay races and adult-supervised activities. "It's fun stuff," said Azia Orum, a Rio Linda sixth-grader. "We just can't do it. People get hurt." The restrictions trouble some early-childhood experts and parents. Recess is usually the only part of the school day where kids can do what they want. Experts say free play helps kids learn how to cooperate, socialize and work out conflicts.