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Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Thankfully the election is over and with no more "vote for me" phone calls taking up every single second of our free time we can move on to more important issues: the weakening of our children.

Last month an elementary school in Massachusetts became one of four schools nationwide to enforce a ban on the game of tag. Gaylene Hepp, principal of Willett Elementary School in Attleboro, Mass., said the decision was made because recess is "a time when accidents can happen."

That is a great idea. Teach our children that if something isn't 100 percent safe just don't do it. Pretty soon school administrators will be forcing the children to wear helmets and pads on their knees and elbows while they walk in halls that are padded and sit in seats with seat belts.

I mean it isn't like tag has kids jumping off of the top of the monkey bars or

climbing up on the schoolhouse roof. No, you just run away from the person who is "it." I think you would be hard pressed to find many kids who never played tag and maybe we skinned up a few knees but I think we turned out OK.

But banning tag comes at a perfect time. Just as "experts" claim there is a

problem with childhood obesity, schools are taking away an equipment-less, ballless, boundary-less game where the whole goal is to run.

It's bad enough that parents would rather sit their children in front of the

television than take them outside to exercise, but now schools are taking away opportunities as well. Pretty soon the kids of today will be the butterballs of tomorrow who can't walk from their video game to the bathroom without getting winded.

Some say that tag is bad on the loser's psyche. Well boo hoo! I am tired of people coddling kids saying it isn't good for them to lose. They've added so many classes for sports in Missouri that pretty soon they are going to give state championships to schools just for suiting up and playing.

I don't understand the need to shield children from losing. I promise you that every person on the face of the earth has failed at one thing or another.

Losing is a part of life, no matter how unpleasant. And if being "it" a few extra times warps a child for the rest of his or her life than it seems to me that there are other forces at work.

If nothing else, losing strengthens a child's psyche. I know that today I hate losing at anything and will work hard so I don't lose. That comes from losing as a child. I didn't like it then and I decided that the only way to not lose was to get better at something, be it baseball, video games or even writing a stupid column.

But today people just want to coddle children and because of it we are going to end up with a generation of fat bubble boys and girls who expect only good things. Not to mention they won't know how to get away if someone is chasing them. It will be liking watching Friday the 13th over and over.

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