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Children timed for 2 minutes maximum on swings or reprimanded

My granddaughter attends a school on the south side that has implemented a 2 minute time limit on using the swings during recess and lunch breaks. They actually have someone there timing them. I have to wonder if they also have someone there watching out for the children’s safety. It would nice if a school has so many volunteers that they could make sure the children were safe and interact with them on a positive level.
Apparently my granddaughter has gone over her allotted time in a couple of instances. The last time she was summoned by 2 students from another grade to a classroom before lunch to be reprimanded (humiliated) in front of these other students while the supervisor tore into her. She is a very shy girl and this has devastated her. She is only 9 years old. My point is that if the swings are such a problem they should be taken down or more put up. 2 minutes is a ridiculously short period of time to swing. Think about it!! I think this school should be more concerned about providing a safe and happy place for children to learn. Not a place that they are afraid to go back to. OVER SWINGS!!

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  1. If only there was a time, say, after school, where this rule wouldn’t apply! Oh wait…

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  2. Celia Mairi Celia Mairi says:

    That is insane!!

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  3. Sorry, meant to hit “Rant”

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  4. That’s Rant worthy.

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  5. Bobby Sam Bobby Sam says:

    Calm down grandma – you’ve got the momma bear claws out. My guess is that you are hearing this from your little granddaughter. Try to see the other side of things – lots of kids want to use the swing so they institute a time limit. No different than 300 kids wanting to all slide on a hill at the same time. The school will typically assign a day to diferent grades or classes. Try supporting the school by explaining to your granddaughter the need for these rules instead of blasting the school. She is 9 after all-old enough to comprehend that its not always about her and that there is a need to share.

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    • First thing I see in this rant that really bothered me was the fact a 9 yr old was taken from her class brought to another class and then reprimanded in front of everyone. T
      This school is teaching shaming?!?!?
      Second thing that bothered me is 2 minutes, it takes a child about that long just to get going.
      If the swings are such an issue, perhaps get more or get rid of them.

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    • Lets leave a barren playground where the swings were and move the monitoring to down the slide. When the slide becomes a problem pull that sucker up too.
      Kids have to learn.

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    • Sarcasm doesn’t relay well in printed word.
      Of course I don’t think that they should be removed and of course kids need to learn how to share, so what’s with the reprimand in front of other students?
      I live across from a school, there are no monitors timing the kids on the swings. They seem to already know how to share. That school should give the kids some credit to deal with it on their own.

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  6. Is this actually a thing!!? maybe they should implement a sign up sheet and a scheduled swing, followed by 1.5 turns each on the slide, a 3 second smile window to acknowledge the fun they are having and then walk single file back to the classroom. unreal…..

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  7. Keith Currie Keith Currie says:

    Don’t let this distract you from the fact that Hector is going to be running 3 Honda Civics with spoon engines. And on top of that, he just went into Harry’s, and he ordered 3 T66 turbos, with NOS. And a Motec exhaust.

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  8. If there’s people there timing, how did she go over her time limit? Or was the issue that she didn’t get off when she was told to.

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  9. What are they teaching these kids? Removed from class to be reprimanded in front of other students?
    Ridiculous
    This world has enough shaming.

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  10. Good. Schools need more structure and rules.

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  11. Misty Purdy Misty Purdy says:

    Then sign up to volunteer and see for yourself

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  12. talk to the vp/principal. Share with them the content of the message to your gdaugher. Ask them to look for more constructive messaging for the kids council to use if it happened differently. As for the swing time limit, hey lots of kids there apparently want to use the swings. Kudos to them having some type of system instead of riots.

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  13. You send your kids to indoctrination prison and are surprised when they are regulated in how they behave? How else are you supposed to create homogeneous drones that can’t think themselves and perpetuate the culture they were born into?

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  14. Join David Eggen’s page. He is the minister of Education. Maybe you can ask him

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  15. Leslie Berg Leslie Berg says:

    Holy back in our day we just worked it out . Kids work things out timing them and all that is stupid how will they ever learn conflict resolution this way sheesh

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  16. Nellie Noble Nellie Noble says:

    What? This is ridiculous. Lol. What ever happened to first come first serve? Life sucks sometimes. Sometimes you get the swing, sometime you don’t.

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    • Exactly, kids need to also relearn how to play other games in the playground and use their imagination to play new ones then no one will be left with nothing to do and no body has to be timed for having fun

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  17. Craziest shit i ever heard…you have to be kidding….

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  18. Go take them down deal with it

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  19. Ashley Cragg Ashley Cragg says:

    Playground rules. First ones there get them. You snooze you lose. Kids need to learn to wait their turn or find something else to do. At my daughters school they aren’t even allowed to play on the park on certain days!! They have a park schedule and if it’s not your grades day then you have to play in the field.

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  20. It’s not only kids being bullies , it’s the teachers too

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  21. Wow when I was a kid it was who ever got to the swings first got to swing and everyone usually shared anyway the way kids are being treated is insane raising little robots it’s not how kids should act like being times while swinging ….smh what’s next just so ridiculous

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  22. Katy Cole Katy Cole says:

    I can’t believe that each kid gets a fair amount of time. Life isn’t fair and no one gets the same as anyone else so stop timing and let them fight out like we did. As for the shaming, don’t waste your breath teachers and supervisors no one will ever learn anything from it and it damages children in the future.

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  23. Wow, never heard of such a thing.

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  24. I dont think shaming im necessary, but our school used to sing our town name alphabetically to manage swing time. Everyone got a turn. Thats the way life is. Perhaps explain to her others would also like to have a chance to swing?

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  25. If recesses are only 15 min – 2 minute limits give as many kids as possible a chance to swing. Ideally these rules would be respected by the kids, and a mutual respect developed among classmates.

    Im 100% against the public humiliation factor.

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