Dear Northumberland County Council,
I am writing in response to the news that you are forbidding school children to climb a hill, “on the grounds of health and safety.”
I completely support the headteacher who has been quoted as saying that
“I despair for children who have to stay in a classroom, who are not allowed to go on a cross-country run, are not allowed to climb our local hill, are not allowed to cycle to a local beauty spot. They are being robbed of the opportunity of finding out what their limits are, of enjoyment, of excitement or just being a child.”
I appreciate that “Accidents can and do happen”. But they are rare. Far less rare, however, are overweight, over-protected children who are being massively harmed by decisions such as yours.
Children need adventure in their lives. They want adventure in their lives. Here is proof.
And, finally, here are 10 reasons to stop wrapping children in cotton wool. It shows children crossing rivers, standing close to cliffs, and smiling.
I look forward to hearing your response,