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maximus otter

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By the time they reach 16, 50% of UK kids will have seen their parents divorce.

(The only reasons that divorce rates seem to be falling are that (a) the rate of marriage is falling, and (b) the divorce courts are backlogged).

More than nine times out of ten, mum will get custody.

82.4% (and rising) of primary school teachers are female.

l shan’t even touch on issues of curriculum and p*l*t*cs.

Being raised in an all-female environment is not conducive to being encouraged to participate in “risky” activities.

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That is not what they were worried about though. It is more fundamental than that. They should be able to walk (or be carried) on the beach or throw each other into the sea without being worried about health and safety or their mental health. I wonder if children are being so over-protected now that it is just making them fragile?
I agree that the children on that occasion weren't worried about all those major issues (although it must create a background sense that the world is a dangerous place), but their parents obviously were, and even if they don't verbally instruct their offspring what to fear the emotion can be sensed and absorbed, as it is with prejudices of various kinds. Now, I'm not so sure about being allowed to throw each other into the sea though...
 

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By the time they reach 16, 50% of UK kids will have seen their parents divorce.

(The only reasons that divorce rates seem to be falling are that (a) the rate of marriage is falling, and (b) the divorce courts are backlogged).

More than nine times out of ten, mum will get custody.

82.4% (and rising) of primary school teachers are female.

l shan’t even touch on issues of curriculum and p*l*t*cs.

Being raised in an all-female environment is not conducive to being encouraged to participate in “risky” activities.

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All very relevant points. I spent 5 years doing playwork, which was mostly a very enjoyable job, and it was a shock to me that out of a staff of 50+ in that "1st and middle" school, there were only four males -- two teachers, the site superintendant (i.e. janitor) and me! Luckily the lady who ran the after school club made the same point that you do, that an all female environment is unhealthy for the children, so she always looked to get male staff if she could. Another issue came up during the health and safety training that we received (and we had to take a worst case viewpoint for every possible source of harm and eliminate it) which was that in that London borough we weren't allowed to put plasters on children's injuries in case they were allergic to them. Obviously we knew from the parents which children did have allergies, and I never knew a child that wouldn't tell you not to put a plaster on if they were allergic or even just didn't like them, so I thought the dangers of letting them wander around with open wounds far outweighed any dangers. I sought advice from all the top authorities (BMA etc.) and received unequivocal backing for use of plasters. When I was discussing this with the local head of playwork, she remarked that her team had got the "no plasters" advice from just one particular lady "expert". She said, "I thought she was a bit strange because she told us that if children received a possibly fatal injury, we should always tell them that they were dying..."
 
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A tad bizarre.

A group of teenagers entered a hospital in Naples and forced staff to drive an ambulance to a nearby neighbourhood to attend a boy suffering a minor knee sprain, Italian doctors say.

The boys targeted an emergency ward in the city centre to demand their friend be collected for urgent treatment. The incident on Sunday was reported on a Facebook page established by doctors to highlight violence against staff. It is not clear if the teenagers had initially tried to call an ambulance.

"A group of boys entered the emergency room and took the crew by force... to board the ambulance," the Facebook post by the group Nobody Touches Hippocrates reads.

"The vehicle arrived at the location and was immediately surrounded by a group of angry bystanders. Fearing the worst, the [doctors] made their way through the crowd and, to their surprise, found a 16-year-old boy with a knee sprain."

According to the Facebook report (in Italian), the ambulance staff explained to those at the scene that the boy's injury was not serious, but were then threatened again for refusing to transport him to hospital.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51006756
 

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A tad bizarre.

A group of teenagers entered a hospital in Naples and forced staff to drive an ambulance to a nearby neighbourhood to attend a boy suffering a minor knee sprain, Italian doctors say.

The boys targeted an emergency ward in the city centre to demand their friend be collected for urgent treatment. The incident on Sunday was reported on a Facebook page established by doctors to highlight violence against staff. It is not clear if the teenagers had initially tried to call an ambulance.

"A group of boys entered the emergency room and took the crew by force... to board the ambulance," the Facebook post by the group Nobody Touches Hippocrates reads.

"The vehicle arrived at the location and was immediately surrounded by a group of angry bystanders. Fearing the worst, the [doctors] made their way through the crowd and, to their surprise, found a 16-year-old boy with a knee sprain."

According to the Facebook report (in Italian), the ambulance staff explained to those at the scene that the boy's injury was not serious, but were then threatened again for refusing to transport him to hospital.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51006756
There's probably more to the story than this. Naples is famous for its local Mafia - the Camorra - and one wonders whether some of the youths might be 'connected'. In that case it would be a good idea to placate them.
 

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A group of teenagers entered a hospital in Naples and forced staff to drive an ambulance to a nearby neighbourhood to attend a boy suffering a minor knee sprain, Italian doctors say.

"The vehicle arrived at the location and was immediately surrounded by a group of angry bystanders. Fearing the worst, the [doctors] made their way through the crowd...were then threatened again for refusing to transport him to hospital.
“With three teenagers on board, the ambulance drove towards the nearby neighborhood of Case Nuove, a notorious headquarters of criminal gangs involved in drug trafficking.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/20...ack-ambulance-hospital-take-paramedics-treat/

l don’t think we’re talking about Italian Italians here.

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