Preschool Bans Superhero Play

Really?  That was my first reaction when I read the title of the email blast I received from Exchange Everyday, a community that promotes the exchange of ideas among leaders in early childhood education.   The notice sent by an unnamed preschool to their parents stated that overactive imaginations are causing injuries and the school doesn’t  “promote hurting one another.”  Admirable but, again, REALLY?   Is that the best they can do to avoid injuries?   In the notice sent to the parents, the school makes some valid points. Besides not allowing students to hurt each other, the school suggests monitoring the media the child watches and eman-of-steel-pretendncouraging creative thinking and imaginative play.  Great ideas!  It is a bit disappointing that the powers-that-be at the preschool can’t use their imaginations to come up with different ways to avoid injuries at their preschool than to ban the good guys!  I was even more flabbergasted when I scrolled through the slideshow after the article that shows even more outlandish bans  by schools.

By the way… lets call the Grammar Police …their notice needs some proofreading!

Stay tuned…

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3 thoughts on “Preschool Bans Superhero Play

  1. This reminds me of the discussion we were having in class about whether tech gadgets like iPads are destroying children’s imaginations. Well, I guess I have nothing to fear- imaginations are indeed running wild, and getting school plays banned in the process! These preschool directors are confusing imagination with imitation. I can’t say for sure, having never actually seen the kids at this school, but from my experience as a preschool teacher, I would be surprised if these kids weren’t just acting out things they see in superhero cartoons and movies. And I agree with you completely- there are much better ways to resolve this issue than a blanket ban on things like school plays.

  2. This would lead me to question what kind of management system is in place? If the children are not allowed to engage in unsafe play, then there is no reason to “ban” anything in particular. If a student can safely play superhero, then let them. If they start tackling another student, then does it matter if they think they are being batman at the time or not? The behavior is not safe. If the behavior is addressed and students’ understanding is being reinforced, then there would be no need for the ban in the first place. My students that exhibit unsafe behavior have to go back and repeat the activity safely. Does this completely eliminate unsafe behavior? That is impossible, but it does show there is a consequence. It additionally shows is their unsafe actions that are not acceptable, and leads to a decrease in said behaviors.

    Also – I checked out links from this article…the ugg boots?? Address those breaking the rules, don’t make more rules. Kids are going to push limits, so if you make tighter and tighter restrictions what freedoms do they have at all? Limits need to be enforced, but not made constricting. We are not raising robots.

  3. I can remember when one teacher at the daycare I worked in tried to ban superhero play. The students were truly looking for and excuse to wrestle and play fight. A few parents fought her on it and asked why it was okay for girls to play with their dolls but the boys weren’t allowed to play superheros. That was a tough situation, The boys in question were truly having aggressive behavior issues. Perhaps that should have been addressed with parents. Then certain parameters around superhero playing could have been established.

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