I came across this article this week while in the same week my son was in tae kwon do camp.
The article is on playgrounds, but I wonder if the same can be true for day cares, homes and schools. I will admit to surprise with how rough this week was for my six year old son. He has always been rather on the sensitive side, (I won't say wussy) but I was impressed with how he handled this rough week. He can home with bruises twice and blisters from Wednesday on. Each day, and at the end of the week, he went on and on about how much fun it was and how he wants to do it again next year. Many of the games they play are way beyond what he would ever get at school. His bruise under his eye came from dodge ball which is banned in many schools now. He also played (rough?) with kids twice his age, but also very well mannered.
I guess it was a little of an eye-opener of the advantages of this type of play. It not only was fun, but it also taught him that getting hurt is not an occassion for whining. Whether it was the peer pressure of the other kids to be tough or the respect of the master and teachers, he never complained about the rough stuff. I know a day care would never get away with this type of play.