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Another bonkers Labour politician.
« on: November 19, 2018, 12:56:40 PM »
"Secondary school pupils could be offered fitness trackers to tackle obesity.

Baroness Morgan made the proposals in her Welsh Labour leadership manifesto.

In primary school, children would be encouraged to run a mile a day."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-46260039

Yes, they could run to-and-from the local fast food outlet which offers better value than school meals. Or run to school because they can't afford a bus pass for the schools which are getting further and further from peoples' homes. Doesn't she realise that you have to run for over 2 hours to burn off the calories of ONE burger?

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Re: Another bonkers Labour politician.
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2018, 18:14:00 PM »
She probably got Diane Abbott to do the maths... ::)
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Re: Another bonkers Labour politician.
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2018, 18:56:19 PM »
Maybe she's of an age, such as mine. 'course, in those days, most schools had playing fields, so we could play football, or whatever, during the breaks.

I'd think most of us used to run a mile and rather more, then.
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Re: Another bonkers Labour politician.
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2018, 07:08:54 AM »
Exactly children are prevented from playing outside now.

Except in Wales the right to play is written into law so the councils are all having to upgrade and improve parks and make sure there is play provisions...

Just need to sort out grumpy neighbours now...
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Re: Another bonkers Labour politician.
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2018, 10:52:15 AM »
Times have changed so much though.
When I was girl we walked a couple of miles there and back from school. (Absolutely no one came by car or by parents else they would be laughed at).
Now, schools are further away and many children are took to school.
When I was a girl...we went and called for someone to play. And went in when it was going dark. We did not spend our time at home. There were loads of us so no danger from idiots. Only a home phone which was for the adults.
Now, kids have mobiles and are constantly in touch with everyone.
When I was a girl, we ate home cooked food as there was only a chippy or pie shop. That was for Friday tea. We ate our tea and went out. I can only remember the likes of Crackerjack and Blue Peter. Because I was out. One tv downstairs that adults decided what to watch.
Today's kids have an app for everything. Google anything and watch anything at any time.
When I was a girl, I not only played out but had two lots of PE and games per week at school. We had pitches for football. , hockey, netball, tennis and a running track.
Today's kids have a playground. Their PE and games lessons are stopped at the drop of a hat because their hall is also the gym and the dining hall. Offsted arriving? Then PE, games, music or anything barring maths and literacy are banished for the mighty league tables.
It's a crying shame.

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Re: Another bonkers Labour politician.
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2018, 17:47:47 PM »
i agree el. it's a different world
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Re: Another bonkers Labour politician.
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2018, 19:02:53 PM »
A 'phone, El?

Wow. You must've been one of those rich lot. ;)

We didn't get one 'til I was about fifteen.

Only got a colour TV about then, too. Rented from Rediffusion.
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2018, 20:44:44 PM »
No way rich hah! Council estate born and bred. But,  my dad worked away a lot first as a long distance lorry driver and then a steel erector and tower crane driver. He had the phone for jobs coming in for work. Plus for phoning mum. Me and Bro weren't allowed to use it.
I think I was about 15 when we got a colour TV.  Rented from Bulloughs. 
Just had another memory that my grandkids would go crazy at.......at 15, I had to be in the house at 10.00pm. No excuse at all especially as mum and dad would be up at 6am for work.  At exactly 9.40pm, I would leave the youth club that was two and a half mile away and leg it as fast as I could to get home. It was pitch black often . We had a car but there was not a chance in hell that dad would come and get me. If I wasn't in on time then I was grounded. No ifs, no buts, it would happen.
I was the same with my kids too. If I said I would, them I would. I was the same when I took 'lost minutes as a TA at school. If some one missed minutes of playtime then they were lucky enough to sit with moi and sit in silence staring at the clock and waiting for their minutes to pass. If they talked then we would start again . They knew it and knew I would carry it out. They quickly learned lol and they respected me for it. They were itching to get out to their football.
I don't really think kids are different to how we were in that they enjoy play. It's just that our exercise was out of necessity.  There was bugger all else to do. No technology
I also think adults today spend too much time organising kids play and interfering when there is a fall out.

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Re: Another bonkers Labour politician.
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2018, 09:47:25 AM »
A lot of it is having somewhere TO play. We'd have our tea, then go out and do all sorts of things. We'd come in, when it started getting dark, as per standing orders, although we often missed that, I have to confess. But, we had woods to play in, which have now been bulldozed, for housing, and all the fields have gone, too. There's nowhere to have a game of footy, or anything.

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Re: Another bonkers Labour politician.
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2018, 10:08:52 AM »
Kids are chased off the local football field as it is now hired by a local club. The rugby pitch had it's posts removed decades ago, and the clubs that used it folded soon after. It's only mowed twice a year due to austerity" measures. The swing park is now full of kiddy stuff and rotting bark. And the grounds around the flats we used to live in all have "NO BALL GAMES" signage. Cyclists complained about the secondary school kids running cross country on "THEIR" cycle path, so that was stopped too. The Infants and Junior school, on the same site, lost their playing field to new classrooms, and the playgrounds are now parking spaces. And no school swimming lessons as the tiny local pool (2 miles away) is in constant use by other "specific groups".

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Re: Another bonkers Labour politician.
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2018, 13:54:34 PM »
I guess my grandkids are lucky. My daughter lives in an upstairs maisonette, but there is a play area in front of her home and she also has an allotment about 2 mins walk away, which her kids enjoy helping her with. They live near a woodland walk and as she doesn't drive, they walk there a lot. My youngest son's kids live near Mote Park in Maidstone, which is a huge park over a mile round (they run races round the boundary) and also live near a place called Vinter's Park, another lovely open space. Their mother doesn't drive either, so they all get lots of exercise. And of course, there's a huge rec where I live, too!
Sometimes kids have to be led to exercise - parents these days can be lazy at times - it's much easier to let them play on an X-box than take them for a long walk in the country. :sigh:
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