How would you feel if your 7-year-old pointed his finger at you as if it were a gun, and then pulled the trigger?
In an opinion piece from Time Magazine, writer Christina Hoff Sommers purports that young male imaginations are being stunted in school in order to maintain a semblance of safety through their anti-violence and zero tolerance policies. While the rules are well-intentioned, she says, they are creating a more hostile environment where children aren’t being allowed to simply be children – who naturally use their creativity and imaginations when playing pretend. She cites examples in which young boys (aged 7) all get suspended for playing, pretending to shoot ’bad guys’ or playing with the likes of toy guns.
Schools must enforce codes of discipline and maintain clear rules against incivility and malicious behavior. But that hardly requires abolishing tag, imposing games of tug of peace or banning superhero play. Efforts to re-engineer the young-male imagination are doomed to fail, but they will succeed spectacularly in at least one way. They will send a clear and unmistakable message to millions of schoolboys: You are not welcome in school.
Read her article here and tell us, should students be suspended for playing these common childhood games or do these rules go to far?