Study Says That Dodgeball Teaches Oppression

A new study has come out saying that the game dodgeball is actually bad for kids to play. Not because it causes physical injuries but because it can cause emotional injuries. So, I simplified the whole study into 2 sentences but that's the general summary of this study.

David Burns, a professor at the Kwantlen Polytechnic, and Joy Butler, a professor at the University of Columbia say that the game dodgeball teaches kids that we should be oppressing weaker people. If you're asking yourself how, no worries, I'm going to tell you what they said. The two professors claim that dodgeball “reinforces the five faces of oppression," including marginalization, powerlessness, helplessness, exploitation and cultural domination."

Now I'm not going to down play what these people, whom are both much smarter than I am, but are we maybe looking too deep into what the game is really "teaching" kids? I played dodgeball growing up, as I'm sure many of you reading this have, and the only thing I learned from playing the game is to not get smacked in the face with the ball.

Feel free to share your thoughts with me. Do you think that dodgeball is an evil game that is teaching children to prey on the weak or is it just a game?

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