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Prof Argues the Game of Dodgeball Reinforces Oppression

Prof Argues the Game of Dodgeball Reinforces Oppression

“As we consider the potential of physical education to empower students by engaging them in critical and democratic practices…”

Do you want to create another generation of campus snowflakes? This is a great way to start.

The College Fix reports:

Prof argues the game of dodgeball has a ‘hidden curriculum’: it ‘reinforces oppression’

Having spent a career in education, I’ve pretty much seen and heard it all when it comes to criticism of the profession. One of the most common complaints is the lack of rigor — or the copious quantities of nonsense, if you prefer — associated with advanced degrees in the field.

Case in point: A curriculum and pedagogy professor from the University of British Columbia will present a paper (on behalf of herself and two colleagues) at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences which argues the classic game dubbed “dodgeball” is “miseducative” and even “oppressive.”

The National Post got a hold of Professor Joy Butler and company’s paper abstract, and, well, the eye-rolling just gets better:

As we consider the potential of physical education to empower students by engaging them in critical and democratic practices, we conclude that the hidden curriculum offered by dodgeball is antithetical to this project, even when it reflects the choices of the strongest and most agile students.

The “hidden curriculum” of dodgeball includes social theorist Iris Marion Young’s “five faces of oppression”: marginalization, powerlessness, helplessness, exploitation, and cultural domination. Educators, primarily physical education teachers, are “part of the problem” by using dodgeball in their classes as they’re “not acting on values they otherwise understand and claim to hold.”


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The Friendly Grizzly | June 6, 2019 at 12:22 pm

Joy Butler got her lunch money taken from her. I’m sure of it.

Sounds like this Prof. was subjected to repeated BOMBARDMENT in gym class when she was younger.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to UJ. | June 7, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Variation on that theme: I was always the last one picked for teams (and for good reason; I am awful as sports).

    However, the experience didn’t turn me into a snowflake.

molonlabe28 | June 6, 2019 at 5:54 pm

I certainly enjoyed dodgeball, but I really love smear the queer.

And tackle football at recess.

And riding in the back of pick-up trucks.

And shooting guns in the basement.

And go-karts and mini-bikes.

And sneaking drinks from my parents’ bar.

All in all, what was to not like?

Shhhhh !
Don’t tell the kids.
Actually, don’t tell any of them normal people.
They all think the game is just fun.

Every game, every enterprise, every undertaking that has winners and losers will be determined to be oppressive, and must therefore be forbidden. The thinking is that if there are no winners, then there are no losers.

They are dead wrong in this: if there are no winners, then everyone loses. Without winners, and losers, there is no advance…only stagnation. This is why socialism always fails and always will fail.

mochajava76 | June 7, 2019 at 10:41 am

you can play out this concept with just about anything.

Dating is unfair because mostly the handsome and pretty get dates, while the average looking people get ignored.

This empowers the elite while marginalizing those not so endowed with certain DNA to feel helpless and dominated.

What we need is Elizabeth Warren to head up a National Dating database so everyone will have an equal opportunity at dating and mating. The oppressed individuals should have a preferred status so as to level the playing field to compensate for the injustices against them.

The game of pretending to be a professor encourages imbeciles.