School District Says Tag Won't Be Banned At RecessA Washington state school district that faced national backlash for banning tag during recess has now lifted the ban. Earlier, the district's superintendent instituted a new "hands off" policy at recess, saying "unstructured play deteriorated into name-calling, fighting and injury" during isolated incidents last year.
■Class discussion: Did playing tag ever caused any problems for you? Have you ever gotten hurt on a playground? Did you ever get called names? Did you ever call names? Was it a big deal? Should most children's play be structured and supervised? Do kids have enough time to learn how to get along without adult supervision? Are kids overprotected?