Lose the game fairly or lose the game period.
A vice-principal has criticised a proposed ban on kids’ games, urging parents to teach their children the value of winning and losing.
Some Victorian schools are considering outlawing games such as tip or tag and skipping rope.
The reasoning behind this is children apparently no longer have the resilience to handle losing a game or not being picked for a turn.
Andrew Mackenzie, Vice-Principal of Bacchus Marsh Grammar, said: “I think the problem is kids don’t play these games with their parents like they used to in my day.”
Mr Mackenzie also thinks that a lack of school sports is part of the problem as well as many children’s addiction to technology such as iPods.
“Parents, teach your kids to win and to lose,” he said.
This news is a major change from only 20 years ago when children were taught that if you lost, you shook hands and moved on; it is a shock to people who grew up under this regime.
Unless youngsters start developing some resilience, many great kids’ games of the past such as hand ball and dodgeball, may fall off the radar. – Jackson Miller
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