Canadian researchers are the latest licensed professionals to look down their noses at dodgeball.
Fox News reports that three education professors presented their joint findings at an education conference earlier this month. The trio announced they found a “hidden curriculum” in which weaker players are dominated by stronger ones, and their finding predicted kids bully each other if allowed to continue.
“If that’s what you want,” one of the researchers warned, “then dodgeball is an excellent tool to that end.”
The researchers didn’t really broke any new ground this month: education website Education World was reporting in 2014 that many schools were dropping dodgeball from P.E. classes over its aggressive tactics.
A curriculum specialist quoted in that 2014 story said her Texas public school district had dropped the game years earlier. She compared its violent behavior to the Columbine shooting and warned that schools have to be "very careful" about condoning bullying.
The Education World story, citing a New York Times story, claimed that dodgeball is sometimes called “killer ball” or “murder ball,” which adds “further negative connotations” to the game according to the Education World story.
“To just have a blanket condemnation of a game like dodgeball is so irrational,” conservative activist Janice Crouse tells OneNewsNow, “because children can get hurt doing common, ordinary kinds of things."
After warning about the dangers of dodgeball for years, it's unknown how education researchers reacted to the news this week that Michelle Obama, the former First Lady, put together a dodgeball team to compete against James Corden, the British host of the "The Late Late Show."
Obama's all-girl USA team easily defeated the tea-sipping Team UK led by Corden.