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Hardcore Parkour!

Posted in Education with tags , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2010 by Jordan

Last summer I took two of my nieces to play at my old elementary school’s playground.  Upon arrival, I was surprised at the new playground equipment that the school had.  Gone are the days of jungle gyms, aluminum slides accessed by a vertical ladder, teeter-totters, and hard ground to brace a fall.  Now kids have padded foam ground under the equipment, slides accessed by an incline plane with railings on either side and a 3D Xs and Os game build right into the equipment.

I say balderdash to all this new fancy and safe equipment.  What are kids going to learn if they don’t break their wrists on the jungle gym, burn their legs on the sun-baked aluminum slide or bruise their balls because the guy on the bottom of the teeter-totter jumped off while you were 7 feet above the ground?

The answer to this is more parkour!  Schools should be setting up outrageous objects throughout the school grounds and encouraging kids to use their creativity to master those obstacles.  The farmers from my neck of the woods would say there is no better way to learn a kid then to have the kid get hurt.  A kid sprains an ankle parkouring from one roof top to another.  Farmer says, “That’ll learn ya.”  A kid gives himself a concussion because he does a back flip of a wall while parkouring and lands on their head.  Farmer says, “That’ll learn ya.”

The kids have to learn.  Can we please teach them?

More Parkour is the answer.

“Hard Core Parkour!”

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