Ok, so in Townsville, Queensland, the Belgian Gardens State School recently banned cartwheels, handstands and other gymnastic tumbles on the playground in an effort to protect students from injury.
But one parent at least had some common sense, and complained to a local newspaper her 10-year old daughter was threatened with suspension after doing a cartwheel. Other Aussies also seem to retain some grey matter: State Educ. Minister Rod Welford suggested the school should overturn its decision. “I think our generation of parents are mollycoddling their children.” According to the school, teachers were scared the parents would sue their schools if students are involved in accidents…
Man, what’s happening to the world? Grassburns, skinned elbows and knees, sprained fingers, paper cuts, gum in your hair, marbles in your pocket and scuffed shoes from climbing the big tree in front of the principal’s office on a dare… That was life!
Life wasn’t always rosy when I grew up, but at least I had the chance to be a kid - not a point of contention between idiot groups of grown-ups who are to scared to live life.