Outrage of the Week: School Cordons Off 3-Foot Hill « FreeRangeKids
O.M.F.G. (Oh My Fairy Garden)! the spectre of public liability rises again. I agree wholeheartedly with the David’s assessment. I design children’s playspaces for a living and was in a past life, a trained teacher. The biggest problems I see in most playspaces I’ve assessed is the creation of the playspaces by people who have no idea about children’s behaviour and their developmental needs (yes, including challenge/risk taking) and lack of adult supervision. Any area can become a potential hazard if it is misused. The purpose of having teachers in the playground is not to inhibit play but to monitor the childrens’ play and intervene if play or behaviour becomes dangerous to them or their peers. This intervention should be dictated by common sense, not as a proxy for the schools insurance company. Vexatious civil litigation (or fear thereof) appears to have become the cancer of our society.