- December 7th, 2013
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Something strange is happening in the United States. A Canadian friend recently said, “I can remember when Americans weren’t afraid of everything.” Just so. Don’t run on the playground because you might fall. Don’t roughhouse because you might get a bruise. Don’t go outside at high noon because you might get skin cancer. Don’t swim after eating because you might get a cramp. If a child draws a soldier, call a SWAT team because he is a murderous psychopath. Don’t ride a bicycle without a helmet. Fill in the deep end of the pool because someone might drown. Supervise everything. Control everything. Fear everything.
This man’s opinion reverberates in my spine because it hits so close to what I believe to be the truth. I know people whose job it is to maintain order on an elementary school playground, and their job description is specifically to try to get all the students to play organized games. Through this urging, the children will lose the chance to engage in negotiating between each other, interacting with other humans, etc. They are just being indoctinated into the way of being in the USA, which is now “follow the government’s rules”. No longer can children simply make their own rules for games or do whatever the fuck they want. Now recess is just another fucking gym class, and it makes me mad because these children won’t get to learn how to interact with each other without an authority figure present. It is liberal managerialism manifesting and making the next generation conform to its preferred standards. It is crafting a generation of thought serfs.