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Posted 07 June 2019 - 04:03 AM

Dodgeball is not child's play but ‘legalized bullying,’ Canadian researchers claim
By Lucia I. Suarez Sang | Fox News

The game of dodgeball is more than just a popular playground activity, it is a tool of bullying and oppression targeting students, a trio of Canadian researchers claim.

The researchers argue that there is a “hidden curriculum” of dodgeball that reinforces the oppression of those “perceived as weaker individuals through the exercise of violence and dominance.” They claim dodgeball – which pits two teams to eliminate each other by hitting the opposition with rubber balls – doesn’t actually help students.

“If you practice ganging up on people, over time you’ll esteem ganging up on people,” David Burns, a co-presenter of the study and a professor at the Kwantlen Polytechnic, told CTV News Vancouver. “If that’s what you want, then dodgeball is an excellent tool to that end.”

Burns – alongside fellow researchers Joy Butler, professor at the University of British Columbia, and Claire Robson, professor at Simon Fraser University – argues that dodgeball instead teaches students to dehumanize one another and create unsafe conditions in schools.

“Dodgeball is the only game where the human is the target,” Butler said. “No other games focus on it.”

He added: “It’s tantamount to legalized bullying.”

The researchers acknowledged their report will be criticized by many who argue the game is fun, but they are adamant that things could be done differently.

“We’re not anti-competition or anti-challenge,” Robson said. “These things need to be done in an educational context.”

Their study was presented at an education conference organized by the Canadian Society for the Study of Education in Vancouver on Monday.

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This is why people laugh at Canada :D
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 05:41 AM


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 07:07 AM

Kanada.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 07:58 AM

Meh...toughen them up now, the real world isn't as gentle as dodge ball.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 08:12 AM

Personally I hated dodgeball. We used to be forced to play it and I hated it.

I still remember getting hit in the chest, "do you think it's going to swell?"

So there's the sexual harassment angle for me here, too.


So flame away. I don't think it should be banned. But I think it should be optional.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 08:25 AM

Young Patches O'Houlihan: Dodgeball is a sport of violence, exclusion, and degradation.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 08:29 AM

These 'researchers' must suck at life.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 08:39 AM

Next musical chairs
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 08:48 AM

I don’t remember playing dodgeball in school, past the 5th grade. If we had played it in middle school, the girls would have jacked each other up. Field hockey was violent enough.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 09:09 AM

View PostTikk, on 07 June 2019 - 08:29 AM, said:

These 'researchers' must suck at life.


They do.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 09:32 AM

Oh brother.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 09:46 AM

View PostHowsithangin, on 07 June 2019 - 04:03 AM, said:

Dodgeball is not child's play but ‘legalized bullying,’ Canadian researchers claim
By Lucia I. Suarez Sang | Fox News

The game of dodgeball is more than just a popular playground activity, it is a tool of bullying and oppression targeting students, a trio of Canadian researchers claim.

The researchers argue that there is a “hidden curriculum” of dodgeball that reinforces the oppression of those “perceived as weaker individuals through the exercise of violence and dominance.” They claim dodgeball – which pits two teams to eliminate each other by hitting the opposition with rubber balls – doesn’t actually help students.

“If you practice ganging up on people, over time you’ll esteem ganging up on people,” David Burns, a co-presenter of the study and a professor at the Kwantlen Polytechnic, told CTV News Vancouver. “If that’s what you want, then dodgeball is an excellent tool to that end.”

Burns – alongside fellow researchers Joy Butler, professor at the University of British Columbia, and Claire Robson, professor at Simon Fraser University – argues that dodgeball instead teaches students to dehumanize one another and create unsafe conditions in schools.

“Dodgeball is the only game where the human is the target,” Butler said. “No other games focus on it.”

He added: “It’s tantamount to legalized bullying.”

The researchers acknowledged their report will be criticized by many who argue the game is fun, but they are adamant that things could be done differently.

“We’re not anti-competition or anti-challenge,” Robson said. “These things need to be done in an educational context.”

Their study was presented at an education conference organized by the Canadian Society for the Study of Education in Vancouver on Monday.

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This is why people laugh at Canada :D

Just the latest gathering of shallow end of the gene pool fools who still think unicorns are real.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 09:49 AM

In dodgeball, the guy throws the ball at you as hard as he can. Your job is to catch it and get the guy out of the game. That doesn't make you a target.

Being a small kid, I couldn't fire the ball like some of the bigger kids (guy I was in school with played AA baseball and had a 95 mph fastball with no concept of the strike zone. Even as a kid, he was murder in dodgeball), so I had to learn how to catch the balls thrown at me. That's not being a target, that is playing defense.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 09:55 AM

View PostLadybird, on 07 June 2019 - 08:48 AM, said:

I don’t remember playing dodgeball in school, past the 5th grade. If we had played it in middle school, the girls would have jacked each other up. Field hockey was violent enough.

We played floor hockey in junior high and high school gym. Rule was no checking or it was a penalty and a time out. Yeah right. We wanted to have fun, so the rule was ignored. Took and dished out plenty of hits, and the bruises were just the cost of having a blast.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 10:07 AM

View PostHieronymous, on 07 June 2019 - 09:49 AM, said:

In dodgeball, the guy throws the ball at you as hard as he can. Your job is to catch it and get the guy out of the game. That doesn't make you a target.

Being a small kid, I couldn't fire the ball like some of the bigger kids (guy I was in school with played AA baseball and had a 95 mph fastball with no concept of the strike zone. Even as a kid, he was murder in dodgeball), so I had to learn how to catch the balls thrown at me. That's not being a target, that is playing defense.

Back in the day when we played dodgeball the goal was not to catch it but to dodge it, to move enough to keep from getting hit. Allegedly the rules stated no head shots, they were rare but did happen, usually the threat of a quid pro quo when the head shot bully got to be the target was enough to discourage it. Mutual assured destruction works, even with kids.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 12:20 PM

View PostSeverian, on 07 June 2019 - 10:07 AM, said:

Back in the day when we played dodgeball the goal was not to catch it but to dodge it, to move enough to keep from getting hit. Allegedly the rules stated no head shots, they were rare but did happen, usually the threat of a quid pro quo when the head shot bully got to be the target was enough to discourage it. Mutual assured destruction works, even with kids.


I remember there were frequent head shots, but they were rarely deliberate. They were almost always the result of lousy aim. When you get a bunch of 9-10 year old kids throwing those big rubber balls at each other, nobody was an expert shot, LOL. Sometimes they hit the belly, sometimes the legs, sometimes they went right over the head, sometimes they hit the floor in front of the feet, and sometimes they hit the head.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 01:59 PM

I too hated dodgeball. It was an PE activity, I was always the last to be picked. But... I was always the first one out. Being the last one picked, no one wanted me so the coach put me one of the teams. Whichever one the coach put me on, they were not happy.


https://www.youtube....h?v=KqQ1UmDPvgA
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 02:06 PM

I was not the fastest, swiftest, agile grade school kid. But I could catch most of the dodge-balls thrown at me and I got real good at poppin the enemy, leaving "TIOV" "LLESSUR" "GNIDLUSPS" imprints on various body parts!
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 03:21 PM

View PostWag-a-Muffin (D), on 07 June 2019 - 08:12 AM, said:

Personally I hated dodgeball. We used to be forced to play it and I hated it.

I still remember getting hit in the chest, "do you think it's going to swell?"

So there's the sexual harassment angle for me here, too.


So flame away. I don't think it should be banned. But I think it should be optional.

I think any game should be optional.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 03:57 PM

View PostHouse MD, on 07 June 2019 - 01:59 PM, said:

I too hated dodgeball. It was an PE activity, I was always the last to be picked. But... I was always the first one out. Being the last one picked, no one wanted me so the coach put me one of the teams. Whichever one the coach put me on, they were not happy.


https://www.youtube....h?v=KqQ1UmDPvgA

I know the feeling, whenever I started a new school which seemed to happen every 3-4 years. I was almost always picked towards the bottom, mainly because I was small, but after a few games they learned that I was hyper-competitive, along with quick, agile and intelligent. I normally aimed below the knees, making it harder to catch. In one school we even had a 1 on 1 dodgeball area we played in during recess, I can't remember how we played it anymore, but I do remember having fun, more on the dodging part than on the throwing part. :shrug:

While I agree it should be optional, the teachers/coaches want full class participation in everything and lots of things we did weren't fun but most liked the competitive games, like dodgeball.
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