December 21, 2015

The ban on tag: Why boys can’t be boys in today's matriarchal schools

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

St Luke Catholic School in Toronto has banned tag.

Why would they ban this age old game? The game that only requires kids and space. No technology. No equipment. Just kids.

Toronto Catholic District School Board spokesperson Tony Yan says "kids were coming in from recess injured.”

Bumps, cuts, several owies, one sprain and a fracture. This is unfortunate but not at all unusual. In fact, it's normal.

It gets better. The school also replaced rubber balls with softer ones. For safety.

But the Toronto Catholic School Board District isn't alone in it's flaming haired panic about kids having the brash audacity to behave like kids.

Weber middle school in Port Washington New York has banned cartwheels, footballs, soccer balls, baseballs, lacrosse balls and of course the deadliest of all sports; tag.

Basically, they’ve decided to ban fun. Presumably children are to seek bemusement from gentle glances at school mates and kindly thoughts about math problems.

I hope they cut air holes in all the bubble wrap and safety tape they put on these poor little kids.

But I think there's something a little more unwittingly sinister at play. All this banning of roughhousing and physical activity is more than just nanny state nonsense run amok.

It's the banning of normal male child behaviour. Boys are rough and rowdy and they run and they're loud. They like tag and they like to play competitive games like soccer and football. Not all boys do. But most. And it's ok to say that.
There is a problem with the education system. Fewer and fewer men are becoming teachers.

Only a quarter of Canadian teachers are men. Fewer male teachers means there are fewer men in our children's schools who understand what it's like to be a little boy. The education system is a matriarchy now that doesn’t know what normal boy behaviour looks like. And it makes little boys hate school. It makes male high school drop out rates higher than females. Who'd want to stay in a place where no one understands you? It makes fewer men want to continue on into post-secondary education to become teachers. It makes the vicious cycle keep spinning.

Until we have people in education who understand that little boys and little girls behave differently, silly rules, bans on fun and outlawing boyhood will continue.

Boys will be boys. And they need us to let them be boys.


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commented 2016-01-04 19:01:30 -0500
I’m now more convinced now more than ever that if I ever have children, I’ll homeschool them. Outlawing tag and sports? Talk about taking rediculousness to the extreme!
commented 2015-12-31 11:32:44 -0500
Deborah Graupner, indeed the union joke and teachers in Ontario who are the highest paid in all Canada is ridiculous. I’d wager a bet if there were a camera and voice recorder in one of my son’s classrooms the teacher would stop her chronic yelling. I am certainly glad my children are preteens, teens and adults now. I pity all the little JK’s coming into the fold of political correctness and educational censorship. My nephew who is in kindergarten got a time out and a verbal message sent home because he put his hand in front of a little girl’s face. Let the indoctrination begin!!!
commented 2015-12-30 16:41:34 -0500
Oh Thank God! I can actually see that coming from an NDP leftist mouth, that’s the scary part.
commented 2015-12-23 22:40:16 -0500
I hope all students have cushions to sit on in class, that they are served their meals by benevolent waiters in the cafeteria, that they are home by 3.30 p.m. in time for a little rest before dinner, that somebody caries their books to and from school…………..that all those stupid educators find another job.
commented 2015-12-23 13:52:56 -0500
Brian. Yes Rebelator2 is just being facetious. Or, as I like to say, he’s being feces LOL!!
commented 2015-12-23 11:47:57 -0500
Dear Rebelator2, We are all Dumber now after reading your post. Are you for real? Are you even human? Sounds like a computer generated that post, or the NDP. You are a true Nazi. No wait please tell me I got it all wrong, you were joking right? Yes playing tag or just running is dangerous to you, so don’t do it, but no one else so don’t force your idiotic rules on any one. You just went “Full Retard”. What kind of evil psychotic dictator are you? I hope I got you all wrong.
commented 2015-12-22 15:30:39 -0500
Demasculinization THE SODOMITE agenda.
commented 2015-12-22 13:19:25 -0500
Sue Diotte – they are constantly trying to override parental authority, and it needs to be stopped. The way to stop it is to destroy the union stronghold, and hire teachers for their qualifications and merit, and put cameras in all classrooms to monitor the teachers. Anytime the schools have implemented stupidity as a policy, I always told my kids that I disagreed with it, and why.
commented 2015-12-22 05:25:33 -0500
I have seven boys. My oldest is 25. When he was in grade school I got a call from the principal mentioning to me that it was inappropriate for him to do cartwheels as they weren’t allowed. I told her not to call me ever again unless it were an emergency. Presently my ten year old was given a time out at the wall during recess for stepping on one of the teacher’s foot while the kids were playing soccer. He then had to walk with the principal for a week during recess. How stupid! Oh frickin boo hoo. Go cry me a river and get out of the way of boys playing lady geesh! My thirteen year old made a gun gesture with his thumb and index finger and given a warning. Uhhhh, he’s a Corporal in Cadets and actually learns defense and is on the rifle team duuuuuuuuuh. They hardly have any play equipment and if they can use it, it really means they can’t use it the way it is intended to be used. They also do not have much outdoor activity at the schools like they did in the past and they wonder why boys are antsy in class. I remember in gym class we had trampolines, oooh but we wouldn’t want that today because somebody might get hurt. I remember in gym class and at recess we used to play dodgeball. Scary, we can’t have that anymore because yes, someone might cry waaaaaaaa. Horrors that on a rainy day a boy steps in a mud puddle. Time out for you, you got mud on your shoes! We’d better call your parents because shame on you for actually behaving like the young, rugged boy God made you!!!
commented 2015-12-22 05:22:37 -0500
Another factor tio consider in this is that these feminist run schools are working hand in hand with the psyco-pharmaceutical companies in pushing their poisons like Adderal or Ritalin. By not allowing the kids especially the boys from burning off their energy with the rough and tumble play, the boys are still hyper-energized which leads to fidgety kids who are unable to sit still. This fidgeting os interpreted by the teachers as a symptom of ADHD so push those medications on the kids. So the circle is connected that started with the schools working with the pharmoceutrcal companies to not allowing the kids to burn off their energy, which leads to fidgety kids, which leads to the pharmaceutical companies being able to sell more of their poisons. Logical no?
commented 2015-12-22 05:12:50 -0500
When was the last time you saw an advertisement on TV where the adult male wasn’t an idiot, dense, a fool, acting as child, or needed female supervision? Boys will be boys, but the woman has the brains and reels him in for his own good; all that is missing is patting him on the head and giving him a treat.

Buying toys for Christmas? Well, the men buy what they really want for themselves; its the women who are the mature ones and buy sensibly.

Schools have been making girl friendly classes where competition is forbidden. Girls, for years, have been given extra attention by school board directives. The boys are left to their own devices, and if doing badly, well, they are boys after all. Why are there now more women in universities and more women in technical programs such as engineering, science, and medicine? Perhaps because boys and girls are no longer treated equally as generic children and educated as to the child’s needs but catered to with one sex coddled at the expense of the other.

Thirty years of female orientated education has created the one-size-no-roughhousing mentality of today’s school yards (and schools).
commented 2015-12-22 00:30:51 -0500
Well ladies, you ever wonder why there are not too many actual men anymore? They have been neutered since they were kids.
commented 2015-12-21 23:24:44 -0500
Time to reinstate the old street-proofing idea of just say “NO”. Only this time say it to the schools. They will back down if enough kids backed by their parents, just said, “No, I will not stop playing tag!” I’m a grandfather now, but I did something similar when my kids were in school. Worked like a charm. Do no parents today have the balls to stand up to city hall? Just try it, you’ll be amazed.
commented 2015-12-21 22:54:05 -0500
Lets not forget about this factor as well:
“…Most plastic products, from sippy cups to food wraps, can release chemicals that act like the sex hormone estrogen, according to a study in Environmental Health Perspectives.
The study found these chemicals even in products that didn’t contain BPA, a compound in certain plastics that’s been widely criticized because it mimics estrogen…”
commented 2015-12-21 22:39:08 -0500
Wow. Women screw up everything. Sorry ladies, but when you look at what the women in charge are doing to this society, you have to admit it’s true. They’re such control freaks. My God, they think they have the answers to everything, even to “problems” that are only in their heads. This is an extension of “too much testosterone” mindset. Well I hate to tell them this, but us guys have the exact amount of testosterone that mother nature intended!!
So I guess those guys back in the late 1800’s that said women would mess up everything – were right after all !!
commented 2015-12-21 19:57:16 -0500
One of the reasons why there are so few male teachers, is because men don’t want to wind up getting some false accusation from a female student.

Fewer male teachers is not what drives male students to drop out. Sheila, if you think this, you are an idiot. But then again, you also believe the Alberta NDP government drives people to commit suicide.
commented 2015-12-21 19:28:42 -0500
this is probably the reason why there are a lot of school shootings.
commented 2015-12-21 19:12:44 -0500
Western Mark
I truly hope you made that ‘conference’ as miserable as physically possible for that teacher.
commented 2015-12-21 18:52:03 -0500
It is ending this anti-male Feminist matriarchal stuff in our schools that is one of the things we should be insisting from Conservative politicians and parties especially since one will care if a bunch of misandry Feminists and their self-loathing male supporters make the usual “misogynist” “sexist” etc comments.

In fact, the Conservatives should be aiming for such allegations by Feminists today as it is a compliment and vote-getter that anything Feminists today disapprove of
commented 2015-12-21 18:48:27 -0500
It’s a good thing the left is importing thousands of Boy’s who will actually be rough and tumble boys that will completely reject all matriarchal teachings. They will also reject every aspect of progressive values and culture. Don’t worry about the sudden increase in rape crimes or the exclusion zones they will soon be creating in a City near you. It’s all according to plan.
commented 2015-12-21 18:31:03 -0500
sorry mike baby{fat-head}. but problem when fat-heads do the polling, surprise surprise fat-heads win. no problem though a non fat-headed poll outside of toronto and quebec revealed true nos. majority of toronto east and quebec are indeed fat-heads. can not argue with the nos.
commented 2015-12-21 18:27:48 -0500
This all so wrong and superficial. All respected authorities agree that excessive and dangerously aggressive pastimes like tag that invade the private space of sensitive children reluctant to assert their rights are mostly caused by consumption of meat protein by aggressor children. It is incumbent for all co-parents in the education system first demand that all school meals served to children within our institutions be vegan only. Exceptions only permitted for certain religious reasons.
Once all the school meals are in compliance it will be necessary to extend these vegan only measures to the home meals of any children who persist in unwanted activities. The department must be tasked with seeing that any legislation needed to set such urgent compliance into law is speedily dealt with.
commented 2015-12-21 17:50:12 -0500

Sorry to tell you this, but Toronto is ranked the second smartest city in Canada.
commented 2015-12-21 17:34:11 -0500
banning school sports and running for all our children is crazy. so becoming fat and fat-headed is now the new norm. understanable in toronto of course were all the fat-heads reside in canada. but stubbing a toe while exercising is collateral damage at best, exercising should be a way of life for all our kids, otherwise fat-heads in toronto will kill a hell of a lot more of our kids than a few stubbed toes.
commented 2015-12-21 17:32:30 -0500
From Mao to Obama, the left can be summed up as a road to hell paved with good (but misguided) intentions…. or in other words, unintentional consequences….
commented 2015-12-21 17:23:56 -0500
While this is an interesting aspect to the banning of play in the schools, I think the reason is less sinister but equally socialist. Children playing in school yards require supervision, not to tell them to stop playing but to teach children to be sportsmen. Also supervisors stop dangerous behaviour when it does occur and look after the feelings of the injured. However, supervision is an added teaching responsibility upon teachers, who are doing the best they can through unions to have as little responsibility as possible. If tag, ball, running are banned, then teachers don’t have to work that hard. Far be it for today’s generation of teacher to get involved in the game of tag, it might break a union rule that says this is going beyond a teacher-student interaction.

So while it is interesting that the bans are part of the ultra-femmes’ agenda, I think it is nothing more than union induced behaviour on teachers. However, maybe the two do go hand-in-hand.
commented 2015-12-21 17:07:12 -0500
Part of the problem that people ignore is that parents are suing schools when they children get hurt. So basically the schools are just trying to protect themselves from lawsuits – they are not trying to turn your son into a Nancy Boy.
commented 2015-12-21 16:40:33 -0500
Parents should have the freedom to chose which school their children attend. This would fix the problem, unless the government legislate sissified schools.
commented 2015-12-21 16:28:52 -0500
I was recently ‘requested’ for a teacher/parent conference. Seems this issue has become apparent to my 11 year old son and he said so… out loud, in class, to his teacher. “Not fair, it’s because I’m a boy” as quoted to me by his teacher.