The Norman Transcript

Opinion

November 3, 2013

Save the helmets for the field

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NORMAN —

I’m not a parent, so I don’t know what it feels like to see my child suffer a world face-plant. But I do know that when you ban children from playing tag, you’re teaching them that falling down isn’t supposed to happen.

When you make a child wear a helmet to do a cartwheel, you’re teaching them to cry. When you take away the lesson of recovering from a physical bruise, you’re denying them the lesson of recovering from a mental one.

Sometimes Goliath kicks the crap out of David, and there’s no helmet for that life lesson.

Chelsey Brown is a senior journalism major at the University of Oklahoma.

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