Playing games with common sense
|by Kristine Steakley|
Remember all those fun summer nights spent playing flashlight tag with the neighborhood kids, or the hours of TV tag and freeze tag and ghost in the graveyard? It appears all the myriad variations of tag may soon be relics of the past.
What I'm really wondering, though, is how someone can chase you against your will. If you don't want to be chased, don't run. Problem solved. It's not much fun to chase someone who is standing still. If the teachers and parents had a little common sense, they would explain this to the kids who are complaining and playground tag would remain a fun recess activity.
Say what you will about tag, and kickball, and other "dangerous" games like Red Rover, but it seems rather coincidental that childhood obesity has become such a big problem at the same time that we're banning these very active playground pursuits.