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#14 - captainoptimist
Reply +12
(07/25/2013) [-]
Now they have rubber "mulch" instead of wood chips. They've gone so far in trying to make playgrounds "safe" for kids that they've eliminated a major benefit to outdoor play - learning!

When we were kids, if we jumped or fell off of something high, we landed on the hard, unforgiving ground. The wind was knocked out of us, and that **** hurt. What did we learn? Don't ******* do that. Or at the very least, be more careful.

Now, they fall down and land in a pile of soft rubber. No injuries. What do they learn? Falling from high places isn't so bad. No need to be careful.

There are no awesome wooden playgrounds anymore. They've all been replaced by the same cookie-cutter plastic things. No more splinters!

Kids are supposed to get hurt. It's part of growing up. I realize this eliminates liabilities for schools, but we've eliminated a major part of childhood.

Pic related - freaking amazing metal rocket like the one that used to be in a park we live near. Gone now. Too many "hazards."
#122 to #14 - fusileer ONLINE
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(07/26/2013) [-]
Are you saying we should beat up some kids?
If not, ****, I've already started
#72 to #14 - Blarge **User deleted account**
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(07/25/2013) [-]
I go to a small private school. The playground was made of cement. The insurance company told them that they needed to make it safer, so they put in rubber mulch. They had no injuries before that ever. They have had four injuries since they put in the mulch.
#59 to #14 - brettd
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(07/25/2013) [-]
Great theory, until a kid falls off the monkey bars, breaks his neck, and spends the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

"HUUR DUUR back in my day we didn't none o these new fancy-spangled wood chips at da park" go **** yourself
#60 to #59 - captainoptimist
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(07/25/2013) [-]
So....bubble wrap your kids. Got it.

Are you not going to let your kids roller skate or ride bikes or play sports either? Many traumatic injuries can occur from those activities.
#53 to #14 - davemill
Reply +3
(07/25/2013) [-]
At least you had a ladder in it.   
In my town we had to climb the rocket from the outside.   
**** was scary and epic at the same time.
At least you had a ladder in it.
In my town we had to climb the rocket from the outside.
**** was scary and epic at the same time.
#55 to #53 - captainoptimist
Reply +3
(07/25/2013) [-]
Ours always had a wasps nest at the top. So there's that...
#49 to #14 - socalpunk ONLINE
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(07/25/2013) [-]
That's not in Boulder, CO is it?
#50 to #49 - captainoptimist
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(07/25/2013) [-]
This picture might be. The park I'm referring to is not.
#51 to #50 - socalpunk ONLINE
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(07/25/2013) [-]
#15 to #14 - willysbilly
Reply +4
(07/25/2013) [-]
That is ******* retarded logic. The tire chips are awesome, they make playing more fun and comfortable. being uncomfortable doesn't teach kids anything, most people with minds can figure out the whole not jumping off tall things conundrum
#16 to #15 - captainoptimist
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(07/25/2013) [-]
Except children, who learn from experience rather than logical cognitive processing until they're about 6.

Just because you don't agree with something doesn't mean it's "******* retarded logic."

Maybe kids would think it was awesome if we bubble-wrapped them. That doesn't mean it's the best thing for them.
#18 to #16 - hvacian
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(07/25/2013) [-]
I managed to slide over the edge of a rather tall slide right at the top once. I don't remember what type of ground I landed on or how it felt. I do recall the immense fear I felt as it happened and having to accept it. That kinda evolved into quicker reflexes to minimize how bad the end result could be. It might just be why I'm good at dodgeball.
#19 to #18 - captainoptimist
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(07/25/2013) [-]
I would imagine, if you had landed on something soft, your total recollection of the experience would be different. Those who cliff jump experience fear and an adrenaline rush during the fall, but once they've done it and realize they aren't going to get hurt, the fear diminishes and they are more apt to do it a second time.
#99 to #19 - OsamaBinLadenz
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(07/25/2013) [-]
**** that. When I was a kid if I fell on something and feared the fall but it didn't hurt because of the material, my logic wasn't "falls don't hurt", they were "Wow, had it been made of something different I would've been really hurt."