Too Bureaucratic for Bureaucrats

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It had to happen. Now even the teachers in the UK are having second thoughts about the nanny state.

A recent survey conducted by Teachers TV showed that nearly half the country’s teachers think that school safety measures have gone so far as to actually inhibit learning, according to

When asked to name the most restrictive measures, some of them included actions like “banning running in playground, canceling physical education classes when the grass was wet, and making students wear goggles when putting up posters.

Others listed were “banning consumption of sweets due to choking hazard and not allowing children to play with toilet tube rolls.”

According to Teachers TV chief executive Andrew Bethell, “the more extreme examples are thankfully not the norm, but schools still need to take into consideration the workforce’s concerns when trying to protect pupils.”

Deborah Lambert writes the Squeaky Chalk column for Accuracy in Academia.