Canadian researcher claims dodgeball is “legalized bullying”

From 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.”

Professor David Burns

Burns – alongside fellow researchers David Burns, professor at the University of British Colombia, 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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chemtrailssuck
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From the looks of him professor WIMPO probably SUCKED at dodgeball as a child, must have gotten whumped too many times in the face ha ha!
Checkers is also a very “toxic” game, there has to be only one winner and one loser! Oh think of the humiliation and viciousness, King Me, oh it’s total misogyny!

William
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William

I imagine he sucked in other ways too

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I’m sure some met him after archery class.

Chemtrailssuck
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And blew too. Hee hee!

Dr. Eowyn
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Prof. David Burns looks like a she.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

It looks like the same androgynous type of character that the leftist propaganda shops prefer. No masculinity there, toxic or otherwise.

William
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William

When the subject is dodgeball as legalized bullying I guess we shouldn’t expect Ted Nugent to present it. This critter looks like Tim Kaine. My first reaction to “him” was, besides being an obvious pedophile, what the hell is it? This says, “Burns, alongside fellow researcher David Burns…” Apparently there’s two of them. Maybe the other one is the male half

Lophatt
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William
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William

Gee, thanks. I just had cardioversion again to straighten out my heart arrhythmia and now it’s back. Seriously, I often wondered how CNN could get away with this, the last stage in male devolution. A nutless, grinning, demonic homunculus. That grin, pure psychopathy. Stephen King couldn’t come up with anything this horrifying in his darkest night of the soul

Lophatt
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Lophatt

“A nutless, grinning, demonic homunculus”. Perfect. That’s what Crowley was working on.

William
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William

Apparently he was successful

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I haven’t seen teeth like that since they took “Mr. Ed” off the air.

greenworxx
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greenworxx

So now the Left is trying to eliminate or modify children’s games so no one will get emotionally or physically hurt, OH MY! Yea, that’s a real recipe for producing wimpy, scared underachievers. I guess “Red Rover, Red Rover, send Johnny right over”, “Crack the Whip”,”Blind Man’s Bluff”, “Hide and Seek”, “Red Light, Green Light”, “Kick the Can”, “Prisoner’s Base”, and other children’s games are next.

William
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William

“Unsafe” conditions in schools – the horror!

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yeah, we had “jungle Gyms” with asphalt and concrete under them. Recess is what they invented bandaids for.

Tannhauser
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Tannhauser

Yeah…typical of the new Canadian male, over educated , under masculated, snivelling intersectional morally superior pussy! Not Juno Beach material at all !

William
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William

A precise description of Jussie Trudeau. Jamie Davis, Al Quiring – real Canadian males. Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull. Now Canada produces..this. What the hell happened?

Anonymous
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In Progressive World, there are no winners because they’re all losers… like this guy.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I suppose if I were trying to enslave and slaughter the herd I’d emasculate the males too.

Jackie Puppet
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I even played a different version of it, called scatterball, in high school, and absolutely LOVED it! Instead of just 2 sides, there was a middle ground where people could tackle one another and push them over the boundary to eliminate their opponent, at the risk of getting bombarded by the balls thrown at them.

Not only would Burns have been eliminated early & often, I think he would’ve had his mommy write a note to excuse him from PE whenever dodgeball was played.

William
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William

Tackle each other? That doesn’t sound very “safe”

Jackie Puppet
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I forgot to add that it was played in the wrestling room the floors & walls were padded. Still a blast to play!

The teaching assistant/student teacher we had, for some reason, had it in for me, and given me my first B in gym class when I’d never gotten less than an A.

So I always went headhunting after him ? when we played scatterball, even though he could still remain in the game – so I could hit him several more times ??

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Just gotta substitute the tether ball with the ring in it.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yeah, we played that too. We had another one for rainy days with this enormous ball about 20′ in diameter. It was a hoot.