Police-state child care?

Chain gang kids everywhere in Hoboken

This was the scene down at Pier A Park as ships sailed up the Hudson for Fleet Week 2015. And it reminded me of this post from a few years back.

Chain Gang Kids Hoboken NJ - Police-state child care?

Is it for the kids? Or for “legal” reasons?

I still can’t get over why more parents are not up in arms over such a way of schlepping kids around in Hoboken (or anywhere else for that matter.)

  • You’ve nearly eliminated all “individualism.”
  • Take away almost all opportunity to “learn from mistakes.”
  • Promote “groupthink” and / or socialism.

They’re not training for the Iditarod, that’s for sure.

Why not just cut the BS and make them look like this?

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Letter: Do we need chain-gang kids?


Hoboken411 reader Lou sent in this letter recently:

“When I was a kid, my family lived in a metropolitan area that was much more populated than Hoboken. Back then, day care centers were rare, but when we were in school and went on trips outside the property we absolutely never had to be practically chained to ropes all wearing the same color uniform. No one ran into the street, and I think there was maybe one minor injury every 10 years. All with just one adult supervisor.

What is the deal with these chain-gang kid parades in Hoboken, with three, four, sometimes five adults supervising a small group of kids?

Is Hoboken that dangerous, and these kids so out of control that this kind of herding and oversight is necessary? Or are we just preparing the children of the future to be obedient little sheep? Makes me a little sick to see such authority. What next, cages?”

Do you think this kind of child care is appropriate? Or are they being too protective?

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 5:01 pm

Hobokenmike, well some just find it odd, personally I find it a great safety measure. However, because they are paraded all over like packs, I do find it lends an impression of a kid farm, that some might not be fond of. Imagine a tech firm of young twenties trying to recruit candidates in this environment.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 10:07 am

Why does a person with 1 dog have them on a lease? Because they are unpredictable.
Try keeping twelve 3/4 year old kids together and safe with only 2 adult teachers trying to cross streets while people are texting and the streets are being torn up everyday. They obviously do this for a reason. Watch a parent try to control 1 kid and how frustrated they get and multiply this by 12.

“NorthKrissy Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm
I think parents are too over protective of their children. Let them make mistakes or suffer from an injury or two. It’s the only way to learn!”

How do you think this dope would feel if she got a call from school that her kid was struck and killed by a car because they wanted little Jimmy to make a few mistakes at 3.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 5:15 pm

I think parents are too over protective of their children. Let them make mistakes or suffer from an injury or two. It’s the only way to learn!

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Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:14 am

Krissy- that’s true, but there also needs to be an age appropriateness to it as well. Go back to the conversation about kids in dog parks for example- I want my child to learn to not be afraid of dogs and to respect them as animals, but at 2 years old I’m not going to take her to the dog run and let her loose. Just like I probably won’t let her go into NYC by herself at 5 (or even 10 for that matter), or let her start dating until she’s 40 :wink:.

[quote comment=”215035″]I think parents are too over protective of their children. Let them make mistakes or suffer from an injury or two. It’s the only way to learn![/quote]

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 5:09 pm

And being in school is not the same as being in daycare. When I was in school I’m sure I had teacher that wished they could have chained me to the group any time we went to a science museum. I liked all the exhibits I was always being left behind as the bored kids set the pace.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 5:16 pm

I got this in my email back when I was expecting. Mean moms, aunties, nanas & grandmas Someday when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a parent, I will tell them, as my mean ole mom told me: I loved you enough… To ask where you were going, with whom, and what time you would be home. I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover that your new best friend was a creep. I loved you enough to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your room, a job that should have taken 15 minutes. I loved you enough to let you see anger, disappointment, and tears in my eyes. Children must learn that their parents aren’t perfect. I loved you enough to let you assume the responsibility for your actions even when the penalties were so harsh they almost broke my heart. But most of all, I loved you enough… to say no when I knew you would hate me for it. Those were the most difficult battles of all. I’m glad I won them, because in the end you won, too. And someday when your children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates parents, you will tell them. Was your mom mean? I know mine was. We had the meanest mother in the whole world! While other kids ate candy for breakfast, we had to have cereal, eggs, and toast. When others had a pepsi and… Read more »

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