Today in the news headlines in Australia:
Some bright sparks, courtesy of a ‘study’, have come up with the idea of weighing kids at school as means to collect data to help combat the obesity epidemic. This has irked me all day since I heard about it. Focussing on health and education – that will help. Focussing on numbers will not. A focus on numbers – particularly in regards to WEIGHT – can lead to obsession, the development of other unhealthy habits, and years of issues.
I was weighed with my whole class when I was in primary school. The weights were written on the board, and I was the heaviest. I wasn’t fat, but kids being kids, only saw who was number one. Me. And what did I see? That I was the heaviest in the class. After years of teasing, self-torture, starvation, over-exercising and body dysmorphia…well, 25 years after the ‘event’ I have finally sorted myself out…well, mostly.
This week, parents of children at Sydney’s Drummoyne Public School were told that following consultation with the NSW Education Department, acrobatics had been banned from the playground.
That includes hand stands, cart wheels, rolley polleys (well, that’s what we called them in my family), and more. It seems like the list of things our kids ‘can’t’ do these days greatly outweighs the list of what they ‘can’ do.
Is it just me, or does it seem like all of the innocence and fun is being taken out of school?