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New Zealand schools ditch playground rules, see less bullying among children

from International Business Times

The principal at Swanson Primary School in New Zealand has banned playground rules and saw a remarkable decrease of bullying among children. Principal Bruce McLachlan stopped enforcing rules for children in the school playground and allowed them to ride skateboards, climb trees and play other games. The school children can play in the school's "loose parts pit" which contains junk wood, old tires and fire hoses. The removal of playground rules was part of an experiment conducted by researchers from Auckland University of Technology and Otago University who were looking for ways to encourage children to engage in active play. more

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