WINDHAM, N.H. (CBS) – There will be no more dodgeball at schools in Windham, New Hampshire.
The school board voted 4-to-1 last week to take it and all other so-called “human target” games out of the physical education curriculum.This scares me on two levels. First and foremost, this is in "Live Free Or Don't Play Dodgeball" New Hampshire. This is the sort of brainless zero tolerance crap we expect in Massachusetts, not in New Hampster. Does this mean that the MA Mindset is spreading? Windham is just north of the MA/NH border, and is a very convenient conduit to Boston with I-93 close by. Are we seeing the Massachusettsification of New Hampshire?
Secondly, there's a larger issue at stake. The heart of the matter is that a parent felt that their child was bullied during the game of dodgeball. Perhaps this is a legitimate complaint; perhaps it's another Precious Snowflake moment - there's not enough info to say. But the knee-jerk reaction of the school is pretty frightening - rather than address the bullying issue, they ban dodgeball. What do you think is going to happen to the kid who was already being bullied when a favorite gym game is taken away because of their actions?
We're seeing more and more of this, and it's sickening to see it spreading into NH. A tiny, statistically insignificant portion of people misuse firearms criminally? BAN GUNS. Americans are getting fatter? BAN LARGE SODAS. Kids are being bullied in gym class? BAN DODGE BALL. Rather than address issues as they arise, we apply broad brush solutions that don't actually fix anything but make us *feel* like we're doing something.
Even if that "something" we're doing is not only completely ineffectual but rather counterproductive.
That is all.