Dodgeball Can’t Dodge the Bureaucrats

Investor’s Business Daily posted an article today naming the “freest” states in our nation - analyzing data that included regulatory burdens and state laws covering education.  The great state of New Hampshire was named the fourth freest state in the entire country (finishing behind North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee).

Perhaps should have looked deeper though, since one NH school board did the unthinkable: they banned dodgeball.

In a 4-1 vote, the Windham school board voted to do away with the long standing childhood initiation and trial of courage, citing multiple complaints from parents.   Dennis Senibaldi, the lone ‘no’ vote on the board, disagreed.

“It’s almost turning into a nanny state.  What happens when they replace that game with something different that another group doesn’t want to play, do we eliminate that group of games?”

Next up, the Windham school board will vote on an initiative to regulate how hard a child is allowed to tap another on the head in duck-duck-goose, and one that takes a deeper look at whether hopscotch is insensitive to students with only one leg.


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