A group of researchers in Canada says the game “dodgeball” shouldn’t be played in schools, arguing that it’s not only “oppressive,” but also “miseducative.”
The researchers discussed their findings, saying some students use dodgeball to dehumanize and harm their peers, in a recent presentation at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Vancouver, Canada.
“When you’re setting up the environment for students to learn, and you introduce the idea that it’s OK to slam the ball at whomever you like, even if it’s with a soft ball, the intention is there,” University of British Columbia professor Joy Butler told The Washington Post. “[Physical education class] should be an arena where teachers are helping [students] control their aggression and move on instead of expressing themselves through anger.”
The researchers interviewed middle school-aged students broader questions about physical education class. Researchers repeatedly heard that certain students hated dodgeball, The Post reported.
The fact that some kids enjoy dodgeball doesn’t save it, according to an abstract for the presentation. Dodgeball is “miseducative” because it “reinforces the five faces of oppression,” which are exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, cultural imperialism and violence, the abstract said.
And of course students are never, ever going to experience these things in Real Life. The wussification of the population continues apace.