little child (or two) shall lead us!
Tamati Sagar and Aaron Jones (both 10) love climbing trees, but the practice is banned for safety reasons.
The duo surveyed all the school’s parents and found about 90% of them were in favor of allowing their children to climb trees during break times.
The boys prepared a pie chart on their findings and presented it to the board of trustees and school staff.
Board members were so impressed they relaxed the school rule three weeks ago, and children are now enjoying the freedom to climb trees in the playground.
Of course, this story does not come to us from America. It’s from The Otago Daily News in New Zealand, where I’ll bet there are more sheep than lawyers. And not only are the kids at this school now climbing, one of them already fell out of a tree and had to be airlifted to the hospital. This is terrible, of course, and yet:
”The mum said her son is fine, and that his doctors were pleased to hear children are climbing trees, and that we should continue to do it.
”Yes, there has been an accident, but kids are supposed to have accidents. That’s how we learn from things.”
I may have to be airlifted myself, I am in such a state of shock. The mom, the kids, and the school district all seem to understand that just because something bad happens, it doesn’t mean we should never do it ever again under any circumstances! Instead, together they came up with a new rule about how high the kids should climb.
It’s almost like rationality, cooperation and optimism have taken hold.
Get me my smelling salts! – L.