. . . The Waikouaiti School board of trustees has thrown out one of its longstanding school rules after two of its pupils presented a convincing case to the board.
Tamati Sagar and Aaron Jones (both 10) love climbing trees, but the practice is banned for safety reasons.
The duo surveyed all the school’s parents and found about 90% of them were in favour of allowing their children to climb trees during break times.
The boys prepared a pie chart on their findings and presented it to the board of trustees and school staff.
Board members were so impressed they relaxed the school rule three weeks ago, and children are now enjoying the freedom to climb trees in the playground. . . .
There’s a fine line between being safe enough and too safe.
When life gets too safe it becomes more dangerous because people stop taking responsibility for themselves.
These two boys, with the support of most parents, board and staff, have done their schoolmates a favour allowing them to take acceptable risks.