Thursday, January 15, 2009

The girls and boxing - 2

january 15 2009

Remember my post about the funweek at school, and my girls finding their names on the list for...boxing? (No? See here.

Well, I wrote a very nice and kind letter to the school, asking them for alternative activities, because we don't want our girls to participate in boxing.

I got an answer: it was difficult to get all 208 pupils in groups (oh my dear, I made my first football rosters for 1700 pupils when I was 16!), and that it was good for the development of my children to participate in something they don't like.


In the meantime the girls asked around at school and found someone who had boxing as first preference and was dying to change places.
So 2 pupils happy.

I made a list of alternative activities for my other daughter, including some appointments she missed because she was ill last week.
And I told her to keep asking around, including asking who got ill. We're having a flu epidemic here, so there's bound to be at least 1 pupil of 208 who's not able to come tomorrow.

Well, they came home.
The person I was mailing with had told them she didn't allow exchanging places.

Well, so far for getting settled in the easy way.

She could have complimented the girls for trying to solve matters.

So I had to explain again that it's not about not liking the workshop, but about raising children without involving them in activities that include raising fists against someone else and having to be prepared not to be hit by the first of someone else.

I've been raised by a father who was actively involved in freeing my countries from occupation during WW2. His family was heavily involved in the resistance. They helped many pilots flee the germans.
My mother used to hit me at least once a day for years, and I still don't know why.

This all made me decide that none of my children would ever be involved by his or her own free will in aggressive activities.

I have learned them that when they were hit, they would never hit back.
No mini-wars, no medium wars, no maxi-wars and no worldwars.

To me, boxing is no sport.
Raising your fist to score at the expense of someone else isn't sport. Not even when there are rules.

So I guess I'm in for another verbal fight.

This time with a school who has a very nice motto:
respect for other worldviews.

Isn't that very interesting?

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, we also have some kind of boxing class too for after activity class. I'm glad my girl doesn't really like it, so she doesn't join the class :)


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