Playground games a safety threat or a medium for teaching dispute resolution skills? You decide

Schools ban playground gamesFirst safety-conscious (or fun-hating, depending on your perspective) school administrators banned dodgeball.

Next in their sights is tag, according to a story in USA Today, “‘Not it!’ More schools ban games at recess“.

Banning playground games like tag, however, may hold serious consequences for children’s social development:

Critics of the bans say playing freely helps kids learn to negotiate rules and resolve disputes. “They learn to change and to problem-solve,” says Rhonda Clements, an education professor at Manhattanville College.

(Thanks to the alert reader who sent me this.)

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