Monthly Archives: November 2011

what?? no balls allowed!??

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TORONTO –  A Toronto school angered students and parents when it banned soccer balls, baseballs, footballs, tennis balls and volleyballs from the school grounds, the Toronto Star reported.

Students at Earl Beatty Public School were sent home carrying letters stating that nobody could bring any of the balls to the junior and senior schools after a “few serious incidents” in which staff and students were struck in the playground.

The temporary ban means only Nerf balls or sponge balls can be used by students at the school for now.

School trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher told the newspaper that the most serious incident involved a parent who was hit in the head by a soccer ball, suffering a concussion.

“I think the principal is reacting in a rational way. You don’t want anyone to be injured,” she said.

But some parents and students object to the ban, arguing that it is excessive.

Chris Stateski said his six-year-old son Jacob was “crushed” when he learned about the ban.

“He [Jacob] said, ‘Daddy, what am I going to do with all my friends?’ He wanted to change schools,” Stateski said.

Anna Caputo, a communications officer at the Toronto District School Board, said the ban was temporary and that the school would monitor the situation closely.

“It’s a small playground and 350 students are playing in that playground. There’s also a daycare [center on the site] so there are a lot of small children and parents going in to pick up the children,” she said.

When I first heard this story all I could think of was—and this from the same type of people who keep crying out that kids are too lazy and fat.  So let’s take their balls away that give them exercise and a sense of team play, both of which give them physical and mental health.
I can see in a few years we’ll have the NFL -Nerf Football League.  No need for helmets and pads, no need for medical teams, except for simple first aid kits.
I sometimes think that the so-called experts are confused and therefore sending mixed messages.  They tell children that they are fat and lazy.  They then take away sports that they could get hurt in.  Or maybe they are just preparing them for the padded cells we will all need to ‘protect ourselves.’
It sounds to me that the school needs to better organize their playground.  Put the ball fields farther from the traffic and the daycare.   Maybe post signs that people should be aware of dangerous balls in the area.
Kids need to run.  Kids needs to play.  Many sports have balls…that’s why we pay billions every year to watch sports–be it taking little Johnny to his baseball game or watching the professionals play bocce at the local pub or watch football in our living rooms.
Either that or the gymnastics and track teams are going to get larger.  But then again, this is Toronto—I wonder what would be done if someone got hit with a puck?  Maybe it’s a good thing the school doesn’t have a hockey rink!
We are raising a generation of kids that will be the most weight conscious hermits we could imagine.  People are afraid to be in crowds because of the flu or other disease that might be out there.  We tell our kids constantly through TV, magazines, etc that they are doomed to thousands of diseases if they don’t eat right, exercise right or do whatever the next government edict is.  We tell the kids that the computer has it all and teach them games that they can’t get hurt on, except maybe carpal tunnel.  Who needs a dance or sporting event when you can Skype?
We need to teach our kids to live.  We need to teach them human interaction is a good thing.  We need to teach them that yes, you can get hurt but you can also get better.  We need to teach them that sometimes you just have to decide for yourself and follow your dreams.
And schools need to let kids burn off stream.  Kids have a great energy that sitting still just builds up.  As adults, we need to learn from kids that running around stimulates the brain and the body, clears out cobwebs, and gives a better sense of self.  So stop taking their balls away and let them play, let them dream, and let them just be kids for a little bit.

Veteran’s Day 11-11-11

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Today we honor those who have served or are serving our country. The first Veteran’s Day, formerly called Remembrance Day, was to honor those veterans of World War I…later it was changed to Veteran’s Day after World War II.

 

 

In other countries, such as Canada and the United Kingdom, poppies are placed on the graves of the fallen or worn by the living to show their gratefulness.

Since 11/11/1918 we have fought World War II, the Korean Police Action, the VietNam War, Desert Storm, the War on Drugs and the current War on Terror. It doesn’t matter the name. It doesn’t matter the place. It doesn’t matter the era. What matters is that moms and dads, brothers and sisters, wives and husbands, children and friends have fought, gone off to fight, or have trained to fight to preserve what this country stands for: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We salute these brave men and women and remember that all gave some and some gave all. Along with our allies we have defended our country’s honor and brought to it the freedoms our forefathers dreamed of.

 

They have lost battles and won wars. They have served in the Arctic cold and the hot desert. They have guarded the Land, the Sea and the Air. They have done what we didn’t do for ourselves: put their lives on the line for the rest of us.

And so at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we remember. We remember the men and women and their families. We wear our red, white and blue or the poppy to remember and honor those that have fallen and those that survived. We should thank our Veteran’s. We should honor our Veteran’s. And most of all, We should teach our children about our Veteran’s.

It shouldn’t matter if we agree with the reasons they went off to war. It shouldn’t matter if they won or lost. It shouldn’t matter if it was politically correct. What does matter is that they did as their country asked. 

Thank you doesn’t seem like enough. And so I pray God blesses our soldiers, our veterans, their families and friends. Let freedom ring! For we are the home of the free because of the brave.

 

Freedom isn’t Free! Support our Troops!!