Monday, December 31, 2007

Encouraging Boys With Guns Goes Beyond Gaza

Guess who's encouraging kids to play with guns?
Playing with toy weapons helps the development of young boys, according to new Government advice to nurseries and playgroups.
Almost sounds like something you would hear coming out of Gaza or the West Bank. But this is happening in England:
Staff have been told they must resist their "natural instinct" to stop boys using pretend weapons such as guns or light sabres in games with other toddlers.

Fantasy play involving weapons and superheroes allows healthy and safe risk-taking and can also make learning more appealing, says the guidance.

It conflicts with years of "political correctness" in nurseries and playgroups which has led to the banning of toy guns, action hero games and children pretending to fire "guns" using their fingers or Lego bricks.
But Great Britain has not yet gotten to the point of creating videos encouraging children to become suicide bombers and kill Jews--or anyone else for that matter. The current thinking instead is that there is no problem allowing the boys to play with guns
as long as practitioners help the boys to understand and respect the rights of other children and to take responsibility for the resources and environment.
That might be considered a novel approach in some places in the Middle East.

No matter how you may feel about seeing boys play with toy guns, there is still a fundamental difference between this

and this

Crossposted at Soccer Dad

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