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Schools Without Playgrounds, Children Without Childhood, a Future Without Hope

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. (0)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 10:53 am
Four years ago , my school system appealed to the public for a new playground. The board claimed they had no money for a second larger play area(we are a k-2 school with over 650 students).
Low and be hold, a resident from the town came through with the money - the only thing he asked was that it be named after him -fine!
Milwaukee may have to go this route.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 11:04 am
Im sorry but one know's society has hit a low point when our children don't have a playground. I agree with Allan, we have to do what it takes to make sure our children still have a childhood.

Jason S (50)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 11:47 am

Kit B (276)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 12:42 pm

I would be far more impressed with people turning off the TV, and building the play ground, money is easier than doing the work. For those schools that have a play ground I still wish that a little of that could be, would be used for a small garden. Education is about learning real things, for one thing that food does not grow in a can.

Kenneth L (314)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 1:57 pm
Who needs to spend all that money or time wasting it on kids and equipment in the playground outside? That's where in the future psychiatry will have some new useful drug for keeping that nasty energy artificially subdued and the little goons nice and tractable back inside. Oh, I'm sorry, it SOUNDS like science fiction.

Kit B (276)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 5:12 pm

No, they will keep the shooting range and just remove some classrooms, those kids need to be working any way. Not fooling around in school, as The Newt said during his brief but funny and ridiculous stint as a presidential contender.

Craig Pittman (52)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 5:35 pm
I am so fortuante to have been home-schooled in the evenings and was able to play outside in the fields and woods during the day. What is going on with our school system? This is wrong in every sense of the word.
A group of parents nearby have built their own one-room school house and hired a retired teacher - grades 1 throught 8. Their curriculum includes the arts and playtime outdoors. This just may be the beginning of a trend. Thanks Kit.

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 5:43 pm
It is the contraction of money nothing can be enriched. No one is compensated for the creativity we need.

Justin M (2)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 6:19 am

Arielle S (313)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 9:10 am
I would not want to be a child now - so much pressure, so little carefree time to just be a kid. Our play toys were trees, old boxes, catalogs, the big box of 64 crayons - and imagination that never quit. Now kids can't even get a hug from a teacher ... what have we done?

Sunday August 12, 2012, 12:05 pm
Playgrounds are okay, however too much of anything is not good for kids. Playing as children is great for developing the imagination, but it should be used with other recreational programs that benefit a child’s mind and body. A diversified well balanced program for a child’s developmental learning is a priceless thing, for growing healthy well-adjusted kids, however like I said, balance in all things is key!


Catherine Turley (192)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 12:33 pm
if you're on facebook, check out the target app that is giving gift cards to schools based on votes. 25 votes = $25 if you don't know of a school, try esplanade elementary in orange, ca. poor school with tons of needy kids.

Kathleen R (138)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 1:38 pm
noted & read

Rebecca Y (26)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 3:03 pm
I have so many thoughts on this subject that it is difficult to narrow my words down to a few. What are we teaching our children? What are they learning? College costs are beyond an average families finances and there are very few jobs for anyone, high school grads, college educated or dropouts! Children don't know what to do when they are outside...they look for a button to push for shade or to revolve a slide around for them. Their "outdoor" play and exercise is "Wii". Parents are letting video games, television and the computer
babysit their kids while schools are increasing the salaries of the administrators and forgetting the kids. The answers are varied...perhaps if parents and teachers began quality time with children in a well balanced manner and began to stand up to bureaucracy, corporations and political gesturing. We can't let our towns, our schools, our children be as ineffective as our Congress and our government. Maybe we all need a little bit of playground time!

Christeen Anderson (371)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 4:10 pm
The headline says it all.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 4:21 pm
Thanks Kit. More sad news--kids need their exercise.

Rose Becke (141)
Monday August 13, 2012, 12:15 am
I love play grounds and I am not a child

Devon L (54)
Monday August 13, 2012, 2:45 am
Thanks Kit, this is really important. The life and dreams of the future generations are in our schools right now. When I went to school we had art, music, P.E, and all sorts of other enriching classes..
All work and no play makes johnny a dull boy... We need playgrounds. We need joyful laughing noisy playing children!!

Elaya Raja (39)
Monday August 13, 2012, 3:38 am

Past Member (0)
Monday August 13, 2012, 6:19 am
Thanks for this article.

Azaima A (207)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 6:45 am
hope they find other ways to play

Kerrie G (116)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 8:30 am
Noted, thanks.

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 2:34 pm
Back around 1989, a bunch of us "islanders" got together and took matters in our own hands. There use to be a nice playground on the island, but time had shown it's wear and it was more of a danger than anything else. The steps to the slide were there but not the slide, the swings were gone so only the poles remained, and there was rusted fish hooks in the sand box.

The City on the mainland took in parking fees from the tourists and others to park in the only parking area to get to the ocean. They collected a good sum each week from the cars that parked there, and we had to fight for several years to get the rest rooms repaired and cleaned. People had taken to going behind people's homes or in the sand itself. The money collected was suppose to go to the island needs but it never made it back from the mainland as that is where they kept their treasure.

So finally, us women did cake bakes, held dances, raffled off handmade quilts, the few local stores we did have all put jars on their counters and finally we collected enough money. We got permission to replace the playground as was needed from the powers to be, just don't ask for money, and the men, and some women that were handly with tools built the playground and we named it after an island child who had cancer and didn't make it. Many a night I would bring sandwhiches and coffee or lemonaide to the people who went from work to the playground to do a little more each night.

When it was all done, the Mayor, who said we couldn't have any of the parking lots money to replace the former run down playground, showed up with the newspaper reporter and did a ribbon cutting ceremony taking all of the accolades for himself. We remained silent out of respect not to him, but for the family who lost their child and was standing beside the Mayor while he made his speech, (they looked uncomfortable) and he swore to it he'd give an annual amount to maintain the playground. That never happened.

Shortsighted and selfish attitudes from so many.........but as I saw the ones my husband and I worked with just give so much of themselves, the way I see some good hearts on C2, keeps me going.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 11:01 pm
Kudos to you Dandelion

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