If we banned everything that could choke a child then there would be not much
left. Coins, candy (jaw breakers), a cherry, an orange slice, marbles, erasers
that go on the end of a pencil etc, 10 year old should know better. Years ago
I had a young child swallow a quarter and had to have it taken out of her
throat. Should we ban quarters? To think that this is the only
thing that could choke a child is silly. Not wanting spinners in a
school is another. Just do not use this as an excuse or ban anything of the
10 year olds should know better than to put things in their mouths.
"Age appropriate warning"? I am sorry for the hospital trip, but a
10-year-old should know not to put small parts in her mouth. Even an
age-appropriate warning is not going to help you there.
First off, I sympathize with this family who had to go to the hospital. I'm
glad it all worked out.Second, it seems to me that the DN has taken
a very negative stance on fidget spinners. Obviously, the hospital trip was sad,
but it's not like fidget spinners are killing kids left and right. These
kind of things happen with a lot of toys. The headline is very inflammatory.
There is definitely a discussion to be had in whether or not fidget spinners
should be allowed in school, but it's sad when the conversation is tainted
with the idea that they are a safety hazard. Personally, this
portrayal that fidget spinners are the absolute worst in all situations comes
off a tad irrational. It makes it harder for me to feel that any anti-fidget
spinner sentiment is legitimate and rational. That last feeling is why I think
it wrong to bring safety into the conversation. It is a distraction from the
conversation about their use in schools.
These are a total distraction in the classroom, trust me!
Can you imagine the frustration of school teachers trying to keep these things
put away in the classroom while trying to teach? Hopefully, these spinner
things will be banned soon by the CPSC. In the meantime, why can the parents of
today take on some personal responsibility and ban some of this crap for the
sake of their children without having the government tell them to do so?
Teachers have enough other behavioral problems to deal with without adding one
more stupid thing to the list.
@SASTo be fair, the US regulation model has always been "ask for
forgiveness, not for permission".I work in the auto industry
making both US and European vehicles and there's a clear difference in the
regulatory language. In European markets everything is forbidden unless it is
specifically allowed. In the US you can do anything you wan unless it is
specifically forbidden. We also certify the compliance of our own products
whereas in Europe an independent 3rd party validates them.There are
pros and cons to each but the US method does have some obvious routes for abuse.
There was once a time when government kept an eye on consumer product safety.
Things that were unsafe got recalled.Fortunately, we no longer have
to worry about such job-killing, profit destroying regulation. Is America Great
Again, or what?