See what's coming soon! Coming in October »

Jump directly to the content

Already a subscriber?

Home > Trend Watch > 2013 > November 20 > Are We Raising a Generation of Wimps?

Trend Watch

Perspective on the buzz

Blogger Mark Tapson wonders if we're raising a generation of wimps. Tapson notes that one New Hampshire elementary school has banned the game of tag during recess, because the contact is potentially harmful. "We want them running, we want them jumping and releasing the energy, but just in a safe way," said principal Patricia Beaulieu. A middle school in Port Washington, New York recently banned footballs, soccer balls, baseballs and lacrosse balls on its playgrounds, because those "hard" balls are potentially injurious. "In that same paranoid vein," Tapson writes, "the Postal Service announced it was scrapping a line of stamps depicting children in various forms of play such as skipping rope, walking and jogging, dribbling a basketball, etc. The reason? It received 'concerns' from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition over apparently 'unsafe' acts shown on three of the stamps … as if youngsters these days even know what a stamp is." Tapson claims that "in our overprotective zeal to create ultra-safe environments" we're raising kids "who will be unable to handle adversity or defend themselves on a personal or national level."

-By Matt Woodley, for's "News that Illustrates"

Related Topics:ResearchTrends
Posted: November 20, 2013; All posts for week of November 20, 2013

Subscribe to read more

Subscribe Today!

  • Monthly issues on web and iPad
  • Web exclusives and archives on Leadership
  • Quarterly print issues

Print subscriber? Activate your online account for complete access.

Editor's Pick
A Tale of Two Weekends

A Tale of Two Weekends

What can preachers learn from professional storytellers?
Sister Sites
Discipling in a Digital AgeBuilding Church Leaders

Discipling in a Digital Age