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Something I wrote in response to my son’s schooling.

Hey, Teachers, Leave Those Kids Alone – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-rice/hey-teachers-leave-those-kids_b_4023264.html

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  1. James Wiegert
    5 October 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Dear Mark,

    I felt sad and happy reading your Huffington Post article ‘Hey, teachers, leave those kids alone’. Sad that adults should do something as silly as compel kids to walk round and round a track during recess, no running, touching or, even, sitting down allowed. Happy that I graduated from middle and high school decades ago, when Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn weren’t yet ancient history.

    I realize that the only weapons confiscated in ‘the good old days’ were water pistols, rubber bands and the occasional pocket knife, while today mass shootings aren’t uncommon. but, even so, how can children learn to control themselves if they aren’t allowed to try, and fail? (And ‘fail’ without being branded a ‘failure’, or having their behavior criminalized.)

    In today’s America Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn would be serving time.

    Sincerely,
    James Wiegert

  2. James Wiegert
    8 October 2013 at 11:56 am

    Dear Mark,

    Please click on http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/07/education-children-not-feral-enough to read a Guardian article on problems in UK schools similar to the ones you described in US schools, and on possible solutions. (I think you might find the readers’ comments interesting too, especially those referring to the ‘risk averse culture’ current in today’s UK.)

    Sincerely,
    James Wiegert

  3. Mark
    8 October 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you so much for the link. He nails it!

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