Here's a product ban that I doubt will spread to other communities: Ysgol Bryn Coch junior school in Mold, north Wales, is telling children they can no longer wear plastic goggles during swimming lessons According to this story from the Daily Telegraph's Web site, school officials say plastic goggles are dangerous because a child can snap them onto their face too hard, or the lens can pop out unexpectedly. The story quotes the British Association of Advisors and Lecturers in Physical Education: "Wet plastic is very slippery and frequent, incorrect or unnecessary adjustment or removal of them, by pulling them away from the eyes instead of sliding them over the forehead, can lead to them slipping from the pupil's grasp with the hard plastic causing severe injury." I've got three points to make on this. First, if a kid is going to hurt himself by snapping his goggles on his own face, that kid probably is too uncoordinated to be trusted in a pool. Second, I think it's much more likely that kids are going to hurt each other by snapping goggles. Last, I've noticed that more kids wear goggles to swimming pools today than when I was a kid. I suppose that's because goggles are inexpensive, and kids prefer wearing them (despite the danger of snapping!) instead of subjecting their eyes to the chlorine (and other substances) they encounter in the pool. Bottom line -- if I worked for a company that made plastic goggles, I would not worry about this nanny-state product "ban" spreading.
A nanny-state product ban
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