Today’s highly interesting read (06/07/19): Dodgeball isn’t ‘legalized bullying’ – This game has valuable life lessons to teach our kids

Should dodgeball be banned? Yes, because it’s oppressive according to some academics.

“When you’re setting up the environment for students to learn, and you introduce the idea that it’s okay to slam the ball at whomever you like, even if it’s with a soft ball, the intention is there,” said Joy Butler, a professor who studies pedagogy and curriculum development at University of British Columbia.

“When students think it’s okay because they’re being told it’s okay to do that, what do they learn? People say [dodgeball] is being used as an outlet for aggression or catharsis. I suspect that this is where they’re learning that.

“[Physical education class] should be an arena where teachers are helping [students] control their aggression and move on instead of expressing themselves through anger.”

Today’s read is from Paul J. Batura, vice president of communications at Focus on the Family.

Any successful life requires agility and the ability to set a goal and hit your target – and yes, deflect, endure and survive return fire.

Like dodgeball, we’re also called to protect other people in our care or on our team, blocking and shielding them from the “slings and arrows” of everyday life..the reality is that like in every game of dodgeball, sometimes you get knocked down and out, even relegated to the sidelines to await the next round…every setback has within it the seeds of a comeback.

Read the entire column here.

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