PIFF & Tag

PIFF was fantastic! It is the most prominent film fest in Asia and definitely growing on the world stage. Plenty of famous Korean and Asian actors who I had no idea about, but it was cool to be around the energy and excitement. The film was so-so (see here for my thoughts) but the beach, city, weather, company, food, atmosphere, and just to say one was there: well worth the trip. Getting to connect with the ocean from this side was an important highlight. Hopefully pics will be up soon!
At an elementary school I recently witnessed children bomb around on rollerblades during lunch. The squeals, laughter, chatter and gentle jostling as they zipped around, up, and over ramps and sidewalks seemingly constructed just for them – gave every indication they were having a blast. The absence of helmets and pads, combined with the blades being two to three sizes too big for each child was of no apparent concern.

An elementary school in Massachusetts has been the latest to ban a particular activity at recess. In this game children do not wear any wheels on their feet. They can choose to stop at any point. It is easily managed and can take dozens of different forms. There are no flying projectiles or useless skills being worked on. It is a game I believe any prudent parent would allow a group of children to play in a backyard or park. In spite of this, tag is out. Further, this is not the first incident.

A middle ground between these two cases seems so completely obvious. While both are worrisome, it is the second that completely confuses me. I am at a loss to picture the decision making process in this case. I try running through a few obvious ones, for example:

  • Sit for fifteen minutes to write a comparison of ban versus no ban with pros and cons.
  • Take another 15 minutes to share that comparison with a group of rational people of different knowledge bases and adjust accordingly.
  • Sleep on it.
  • Share a possible a decision get feedback.
  • Make a decision.

Using this, or many other similar processes I am at a loss to see how the ban could have gone through. Meaning, either my understanding of sound decision making is quite off, or decisions are being made through processes which are scarier than a lack of helmets.


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