Elementary school students on play structureRed Rover, Red Rover, let idiocy take over.

As if kids today aren’t coddled enough, public schools around the country are paying “recess consultants” to make childhood games “inclusive.”

“Two Edina elementary schools, worried about the politics of the playground, are taking an unusual step to police it: They have hired a recess consultant,” The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

“Some parents have welcomed the arrival of the firm Playworks, which says recess can be more inclusive and beneficial to children if it’s more structured and if phrases like, ‘Hey, you’re out!’ are replaced with ‘good job’ or ‘nice try,’” the Star-Tribune reports.

The school districts, two of many across the country making recess politically correct, is paying the company Playworks, $30,000.

“The games and activities, like four square and jumping rope, are overseen by adults and designed to reduce disciplinary problems while ensuring that no children are left out,” the Star-Tribune reports.

Unlike the supposed adults running the school, the children think the idea is ludicrous.

They, and their parents, don’t think recess should be a social engineering experiment.

“Instead of usual recess referees on the sidelines policing the worst conduct, the adults were on the ground,” the Star-Tribune reports, “explaining rules and new games to confused-looking kids.”

“Parents at Concord Elementary voiced concerns to the principal and 177 of them signed an online petition Labor Day weekend. Concord fifth-graders banded together and made a petition of their own.”

The “recess consultants” think playtime should be run like Obamacare.

Children are not allowed to play any game they want.

Instead, they are expected to select what they will play from a list of “games of the week.”

The level of control over recess is frustrating children.

“Forest Elementary in Robbinsdale Area Schools spends $14,500 for an on-site coordinator to spend one week a month at the school,” the Star-Tribune reports. “At the school, recess is made up of clear adult-facilitated activities.  On a day last week, a kindergartner said he wanted to play basketball. A recess coach explained that wasn’t a choice at the time; he decided to play another game.”

Are they making recess “inclusive,” or are they teaching children to accept the central planning of diminished freedoms?