FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Talk about a teacher's dream: No more slouching, no more wiggly little boys and no more snoozing at desks.
All teachers have to do is ditch the classroom chair. A growing number are replacing them with exercise stability balls more associated with pilates classes than schoolroom lectures as an innovative way to improve student posture and attention
So instead of using chairs they are sitting on these exercise balls. I can see where this get wiggles out but if I was a teacher a roomfull of kids bouncing up and down would drive me nutty! And as a mom I am worried about their attention being on the work or on playing on the ball! What do you think? Good idea?
Answer by NotPanicking at 11:45 AM on Mar. 1, 2009
Answer by JeremysMom at 11:46 AM on Mar. 1, 2009
I would worry more about the liability. What if a child with bad balance falls and busts their head? Who pays for that? Is that a claim that the school pays for since they don't provide them with an actual chair? It leaves too much room for litigation. Do they make balls with backrests?
Answer by QuinnMae at 11:47 AM on Mar. 1, 2009
Answer by momof030404 at 11:47 AM on Mar. 1, 2009
NotPanicking- I don't think that would happen because think of all the kids who lean back in their chairs at school. I have seen several who have bumped and bruised their head to some who had to be taken to the hospital. Not once have I heard a mom suing over that.
Answer by JeremysMom at 11:48 AM on Mar. 1, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 11:50 AM on Mar. 1, 2009
Times are tough. People are more litigious now than ever. Just wait until someone's parents lose their job and see what happens. Backup chairs are good, but leaving it up to the child to decide to sit in a chair is like asking them what is best for them. They don't know and can't possibly predict or calculate the consequences of their actions. Even our older teenagers are ill prepared to enter the world with all of the decisions they will have to make. Let alone letting a gradeschooler decide what's best for them. Do you think they will pick the practical choice, or the one that looks like fun?
Answer by Anonymous at 11:52 AM on Mar. 1, 2009
Answer by NotPanicking at 11:54 AM on Mar. 1, 2009
Answer by akinbottom2 at 12:00 PM on Mar. 1, 2009
Answer by beadingmom17 at 12:02 PM on Mar. 1, 2009
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