Thursday, May 01, 2003

Great Reading

If you have not been over to read A Small Victory today go there now.

Michele is on a roll. I particularly love her entry titled ride on the peace maze after quoting a news story about peaceful play in the schoolyard Michele observed "We are raising a nation of sissies" and goes from there.

I recently taught my neices and nephew how to play four square. I realized in the process that what the game teaches children how to deal with others and negotiate much more than how to bounce a ball back and forth. Those interpersonal skills are what all playground games teach children. If you think back on your childhood most of the time spent in the playground was fighting about if that was 'liner' or on your side or my side - those small battles taught us all how to deal with each other. Children today will not learn how to negotiate with each other or how to lose an arguement but still go on and win the game.

We are failing to teach our children how to be great adults. As the Duke of Wellington declared "The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton". I doubt that the battles of the future would be won in the "peace maze".


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