State dodges ban on popular recess game


Memories of recess and gym often include activities involving “human target games,” such as dodgeball. Although many of us took a ball to the face when that one kid got too competitive, most of those memories are still fond.

In Louisiana, kids narrowly dodged a ban on this classic group sport.

A group that included almost 2-dozen educators tried to place a ban on dodgeball and other “target games” in public schools in the state. The Louisiana Physical Education Standards Committee proposed standards that read, “Human target games (e.g. dodgeball) and drills that promote aggressive behaviors by attacking and overpowering other humans are not to be permitted.”

Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education disagreed. During a Tuesday meeting, Holly Boffy, vice president of the board, said, “Dodgeball is an activity that we know many of our students enjoy.” In opposition to the ban, she continued, “We want to be careful that we don’t create regulations that would stand in the way of students getting fit and enjoying P.E.”

Kathy Hill, a kinesiology faculty member at Louisiana State University, did not think the ban would be controversial. “Honestly, I didn’t think it was going to be an issue,” she told the Advocate. “In trying to be really sensitive about bullying, which is just a huge issue now in the schools, we just felt like we needed to put a statement in there about human target games.”

“I do not think we should have lofty standards and say you cannot play a certain sport,” board member Kathy Edmonston said. “I just think there are other ways to do it.”

If you’re one of the many people that enjoys a good game that encourages participants to tackle and overpower others, you will this clip of “students vs. teachers” dodgeball. Good, old fashioned fun.

H/T: The Blaze

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