Okay Rym&Scott, I told you that you had to watch what you said about education.
For those who don't know, I'm finishing a masters in Education, so I know alot about it and have taught in schools already.
Anyhow, I agree with a large portion of what you guys said about schools wanting to protect themselves. However, I point out that it is not the schools that want kinds not to go out and run around like lunatics on the playground. Often times it is parents looking for a lawsuit to make a quick buc, or someone who's afraid their prascious angel might skin a frikkin elbow that causes schools to be ultra-protective.
I student taught at a suburban middle school which ahd 3rd-5th grades. My cooperating teacher said that recess duty would be the worst part of my week. I didn't believe him, it's recess right? Kids running around, smacki into eachother. Just yell things at em and they'll stop.
My mistake. Recess consisted of several classes of students at a time (about 75 - 100 kids or so) in half a gym, walking in a circle around the outside of some cones. That's it. Hands to yourself, no touching pushing shoving roughhousing or running or skipping. Walk in a circle for 30 minutes. I was dumbstruck and felt terrible for the kids. The TEACHERS felt terrible for the kids. But there was such a fear of a lawsuit from the upper-middle-class because a kid had a tooth chipped or sprained a wrist, that the school reacted. Even when the weather got warmer and they took the kids outside...it was the SAME THING, only in a slightly bigger circle. Ocationally, they'd open the second half of the gym and have jumprope or volyball, but in the 8 weeks I was there, that was done twice. Parents had threatened lawsuits for so many rediculous things that the schools reaction was actually lenient considering there was still a recess at all.
I remember playing greek dodge with those red rubber balls even when it was snowing out! They hurt like a bitch then too, cause it was cold. My parents never complaned when I scrapped an elbow or got a bloody nose from taking a ball to the face. I take a stance from a teacher point of view that school isn't the problem, it's paranoid parents.
Now, about bullying. There are many, many kids of bullying. Some of it can me so constant and insideous that it can drive kids to suicide, and I've even seen it happen where suicide has happened, and there was shocking unremorse from the bullies to the extent of "I'm glad they're dead, they were a looser anyway". When I was bullied, I was TOLD by other children I hoped I died so they wouldn't have to look at me anymore, most of these kids I never wanted to talk with or be around, and they'd seek me out to verbally or physically assault me untill I took action(hooray for martial arts!). The parents of these children did nothing. I could go on and on and on about bullying and just how severe it can get. Teasing a kid about their shoes or clothes is one thing, but planning to jump a kid because they wore a shirt of a band you hate (happens) or trying to override a teacher in a classroom to threaten all the other students with violence that you said your MOM SAID WAS OKAY TO DO (this happened in another school while I was teaching.) is another problem all together.
I'm rambeling a bit, but my basic point is, it ain't the schools, it's parents who are thoughtless and uncaring. If you crapped out a kid because you were stupid or just wanted a baby around, and don't want the responsability of actually raising a human being, GET FUCKING NEUTERED OR SPAYED. STOP BREEDING YOUR STUPIDITY AND HATRED INTO CHILDREN AND THEN BLAMING OTHER PEOPLE.
Which is another thing you guys mentioned. It's not that people don't KNOW they're at fault for stupid shit, they DON'T WANT TO TAKE RESPONSABILITY. That's why we have warning labels on things like waffle irons that say stupid things like "Not for topical application to eyes!". Another example is the "Guess Who" game with all the little faces, 'Game Pieces Do Not Actually Talk". WHAT THE FUCK!? They're CARDBOARD! How got-damn retarded do you have to be to not realize this fact?! People wll feign ignorance to get out of being responsible for themselves. I see it all the time, someone does something stupid and promptly blames some big organization becaus ehtye 'didn't know it was wrong' or dangerous. Happens in life, PARTICULARLY with children in schools, espescially youngsters who say they 'don't knwo better' but do.
I'll stop because I think my rant will degrade into ferral sounds if I go on any longer.