Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Dodge Ball May Be Bounced by Maryland School District

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Dodge Ball May Be Bounced by Maryland School District

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Claiming the game is an activity "requiring human targets," district officials in Cecil County, Md., were considering banning the playing of dodge ball. The district's Board of Education was slated to formally vote on the measure in January after the deadline for this issue of CURRICULUM ADMINISTRATOR.

The game, long a staple of the school playground and gym arenas, involves students lining up on two sides and hurling large rubber balls at one another. And considering the politically correct times in which we now live, in some ways it's a wonder that the game has not faced more criticism for allegedly promoting aggression.

In fact, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education has put dodge ball in its "Physical Education Hall of Shame" with the likes of Duck, Duck Goose and kickball, both of which have spells of inactivity and occasional embarrassment for students, among other problems.

"[Dodge ball] is fine for recess or lunch or after school," Paula Kun, spokesperson for the association, told the Washington Times. …

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