The War on Boys-Part One

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The beginning of a new series in which we will look at the ways in which contemporary society has declared war on boys.  First up, two six-year olds receive a valuable lesson that playing as boys have since the dawn of time is now strictly verboten:

Two more Maryland school kids got into trouble for pointing their fingers playing cops and robbers at school.

Actually, in the Eastern Shore schoolyard during recess in this latest case.

It happened last week at White Marsh Elementary in Tabot County.

The two six year olds had been playing and were suspended for a day.

The father of one of the boys is in the Army and said he thinks the punishment was excessive for what amounted to horseplay between two first graders.

School officials declined comment citing federal confidentiality laws.

Go here to read the rest.  Boys are going to be boys, and part of being a boy is normally fairly aggressive play that will involve lots of imaginary gun fire.  Wise teachers recognize the natural aggressiveness of most boys and their desire to burn off energy through physical play by channelling it into useful paths.  Saint John Bosco was a marvel at doing this.  Idiots called teachers or administrators adopt zero tolerance polices and attempt to end such conduct by punishment, thereby convincing the boys that either there is something wrong with them, or that their teachers and administrators must be idiots.

 

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