Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber’s “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece.
A few years ago, an elementary school in Massachusetts made the news by banning games such as tag and dodge ball and other "contact" or "chase" games. Another school somewhere in this great land outdid that by outlawing any touching whatsoever by students.
A school in Georgia addressed the "problem" of physical contact among its students by eliminating recess, figuring that if you cramp children's bodies into chairs long enough with no break time, they will somehow become better learners too.