Playground removes "safety" rules; fun, development and injuries ensue

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  1. JonS

    Kiwis are less litigious, by and large, than Americans,

    That's because of ACC, a landmark development of no-fault insurance that has made life a whole lot more rational. Part of the deal was that Kiwis lost the right to sue in a lot of circumstances. Therefore, of course, there is a noisy lobby - composed mostly of Randian fools - scheming to have it dismantled. Pricks.

    As an aside, I've anecdotally heard that the combination of numerous skate parks (most towns have at least one) combined with ACC coverage for tourists has made NZ a bit of a destination for skateboarders and the like.

    and that they enjoy an excellent national health service

    True so of course that too is under severe threat by neo-libs and 'but I'm paying for oncology/maternity/psychiatric/whatever services THAT I'M NOT EVEN USING' idiots.

  2. Robbo

    Here in Toronto the leading light for sensible human park and playground design and behaviour is the Dufferin Grove Park, where the local residents have consistently pushed back against the dickhead Harrison Bergeron bureaucrats of the city and maintain a most excellent playground which features a massive a sand pit, complete with running water, logs and adult sized shovels and rakes. It is THE BEST. I always took my young son there - he's now in his late teens - and always suffered watching him and the others of his tribe as they moved the heavens and earth, wanting to join in and knowing full well it would be "inappropriate" for an adult to engage in such activity. Lucky bastards.

  3. hengist

    My daughter goes to this school. She's always coming home with bumps, bruises and scrapes, and she can never tell us how she got them because she's having too much fun in the playground to notice. She also can't wait to go back to school the next day. I picked her up from school one afternoon and there were kids climbing the traffic sign poles, sitting on walls and generally having fun while waiting for their parents to pick them up. One day, my daughter climbed a tree and took a nap there!

    Every morning we see kids walking to school on their own, or zooming along the pavement on their scooters, or even getting off the train on their own to walk to school. In other words, just like things were when I was at primary school 30 years ago.

    It's not a utopia by any stretch of the imagination, some kids are still mean to other kids, but it's not any worse than they'll get in the real world. The real, physical bullying is much less, and the classrooms are quieter and more productive. It's a really good school.

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