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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 25, 2013/ 17 Sivan 5773

The Dodgeball Decision

By Lenore Skenazy



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Score one for dodgeball!

A New Hampshire school had outlawed the game last March while a committee was convened to study the controversial issue — clearly right up there with Guantanamo. The problem arose when, as if you couldn't guess, a parent had complained of a child's being bullied during the game.

Of course, the rules of dodgeball dictate that pretty much all children are bullied by the game. That's the whole point. You take down your opponents, fast and furiously. And considering that the school now allows only foam balls — goodbye, big red balls and big red welts — getting "out" doesn't physically hurt anymore. So the sting must be psychic.

Still, the school board voted 4 to 1 to suspend the game while it investigated, even as that sole member voting nay pointed out: "We have rules that are set in place to deal with bullying. We don't need to ban an entire round of games just to enforce those rules."

Darned if, three months later, that isn't exactly what the board concluded.

Knock me over with a feather (a foam feather, please, with a bed of wood chips below me). Sometimes I fear so much for common sense that I can't even believe when it wins. But it did, fair and square. The classic game will be reinstated next fall — with some new caveats.

The first one is that any kid who doesn't want to participate can choose an alternative activity. Believe it or not, I always hated dodgeball, though I will defend to the death kids' right to play it. So I would be the first opt-outer.

I'd hope they'd let all nonparticipants head off to a cafe to talk about the pitfalls of public policy during gym period, but perhaps that's a little too much to ask.

The other caveat is that what the school board somewhat dramatically calls "human target" games will now get a politically correct makeover with new, less violent names. So, according to WHDH-TV, the game "Slaughter" becomes "Numero Uno," while "Prison Ball" becomes "Repair Shop."

Sigh. I just knew common sense couldn't triumph across the board. Does this school board also believe that when kids play the card game war, they grow up to invade innocent countries? Do they think that if kids play gin, they suddenly go out and guzzle it? We're back to that zero tolerance mentality that can't see a difference between a Lego gun and an AK-47. Everything is so darn literal.

I wonder whether the board will end up renaming dodgeball to erase its bruising pedigree. If so, what'll it be? Maybe "foam fun"? "Down with bullies"? "Friends with balls"?

Or maybe they'll leave well enough alone.

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