Fourth-graders at the William Dick School, in North Philly, listened intently yesterday as they learned the rules of dodgeball.
“If someone taps you with the ball, you’re out,” said “recess coach” Joe Cokes, demonstrating by touching a ball to a student’s chest. “If you don’t catch the ball, you’re out.”
After a few more lessons, Cokes blew his whistle and the kids sprinted to their sides to play. Cokes is one of several “recess coaches” from a youth-fitness advocacy group that’s in the city this week teaching kids in nine district schools how to play nice during recess.
Playworks, a California-based nonprofit, not only teaches low-income students across the nation how to play games, but how to lead games and equip the students with leadership skills to solve conflicts on their own, said Jill Vialet, who founded the group 15 years ago.
The group, formerly known as Sport4Kids, operates in urban districts in 10 other large cities and is here as part of a pilot program. LINK
It is absolutely insane on a titanic level what is going on in our nation’s school systems. In Philly, the school superintendent is getting thousands of tax dollars in “Performance Bonus” money at a time when they are bringing in “recess coaches.”
AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH KA -BOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMM!!! (Sound of my head exploding, AGAIN!)
This is madness. Kids used to learn how to play “Dodge Ball” and other street games in Gym class. God only knows what they are doing in gym these days but apparently it isn’t enough. Maybe all the recess rules these idiot administrators have slapped on the school yard is to blame. God only knows you can’t run, play tag, or play any of the traditional school yard games we all grew up with. Compound that with the non-stop video game culture we allow the kids to live in and is it any wonder they are out of shape?
Let me give you a quick example: Peach is playing softball on two teams this year. Her school team has a rule that they can’t start another inning if it will run past 5pm. They start around 3:30 so the game only lasts an hour and a half. That means the game usually ends prematurely. No late inning rallies. No gut check, come from behind wins. The umpire just calls the game. Why? Because of INSURANCE rules. Someone needs to explain why the game can’t go on until 6pm. In this part of the country it is daylight until 8pm easily during the late spring and summer.
They are ending the activities early yet complaining the kids are fat. They don’t let them play, yet have to bring in “recess Coaches.” It’s unacceptable.
Good God what is going on in America when we need “Recess Coaches”?