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Remember: Bureaucrats don't let bureaucrats do cartwheels.

FUN UPDATE!!! School Bans Cartwheels

HEY! I forgot to add the video I made a few years ago about a cartwheel ban. Enjoy! . Yes, a school in Canada banned cartwheels. What’s worst about this is the school’s reasoning: Cartwheels have been banned at M.T. Davidson Public School in Callander. Cartwheels are not permitted on school property in the playground […]

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Okay, I'll admit it. I AM a spooky tree.

A Predator Behind Every Tree

A mom writes:  . Dear Free-Range Kids:  . We are a homeschooling family of 7 children ages 16-4, but our kids participate in sports at the school at our church. This year I was asked to coach the elementary cross country team.  The students aged 6-10 run a lap around the campus (about a half […]

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There's that dangerous woman and her grandson!

Teen Invites Grandma to Prom, But School Says No — She’s a Danger!

Bryce Maine, an Alabama grandson who puts all other grandsons to shame, chose as his date to the Eufaula High School prom: Grandma.  . At first, the Washington Post reports, Grandma — that is, Catherine Maine — demurred: “I just thought, well, it’s just so nice that he wanted me to go,” Catherine told WTVM. “I kept […]

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Listen to the talking dog, not the man!

Dear Parents: An Adult Male Shared the Sidewalk with Some Students for an ENTIRE BLOCK!

Here’s a note home sent by a school in suburban Maryland — the same county where the Meitiv kids were picked up twice for walking home from the park unchaperoned:                                                                         February 8, 2017 Dear Parents/Guardians: I am sending this letter to inform the _____ community of an event that occurred at one of the _____ […]

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Turns out this is not a lethal weapon. It's a swing.

A School Decides to Keep its “Dangerous” Swing

Teacher Tom — “Teaching and learning from preschoolers” — is a joy to read, especially in this case, where we find him bravely confronting that modern day terror: A swing. You may recall that Richland and Spokane Washington school districts both phased out their swingsets. As a spokesman for the Richland district explained at the […]

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Slow! Kids playing (and parents nearby, of course).

More About Playborhood and Risk, From Tim Gill

. The New York Times article on Playborhood, the open-to-all playground that Silicon Valley entrepreneur Mike Lanza organized on his front and back lawns, continues to elicit a ton of comments and commentary. Here’s what Lanza wrote on his own Facebook page. And here’s a post by Tim Gill, the British visionary who blogs at […]

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So much for trying to spread happiness.

Man Handing Out Teddy Bears Terrifies Town

. A dad in Ostego, Michigan, population 3,956, terrified parents, police and school administrators by handing out teddy bears to people he passed on the street, including children in the presence of adults. It was Ken Cronkhite’s attempt to spread some happiness and help his 89-year-old father, the owner of an 800-teddy bear collection, to […]

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