When you think of the term “cultural Marxism,” what comes to mind? To some, the far left’s fixation on political correctness and its desire to police speech might stand out. Others might remember the many instances in which social justice warriors attempted to silence views with which they disagree.
But there are more covert ways of inserting Marxist ideology into the culture, and if the public doesn’t pay attention, American children can be indoctrinated without even knowing it. This is especially true in children’s sports, and a recent story illustrates how an argument over a particular game might seem like hypersensitive caterwauling but is really a way to promote Marxist thought.
Canadian Academics Bash Dodgeball
Members of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education are scheduled to meet in Vancouver later in the month to discuss a wide variety of topics But one group of researchers will tackle a kid’s treasured pastime: dodgeball.
To those who grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, the notion that the noble sport known as dodgeball should be phased out is about as ridiculous as a soup sandwich. But apparently these individuals believe that the game not only is problematic, in that it promotes hierarchical thinking, but also is “miseducative.”
According to the researchers, dodgeball is harmful to the development of gentle children who would otherwise grow into kind citizens. In this way, it is not just a simple sport; it is an instrument of “oppression.”
“As we consider the potential of physical education to empower students by engaging them in critical and democratic practices, we conclude that the hidden curriculum offered by dodgeball is antithetical to this project, even when it reflects the choices of the strongest and most agile students,” they wrote.
The report claims that dodgeball “reinforces the five faces of oppression,” as outlined by social and political theorist Iris Marion Young. These faces include marginalization, powerlessness, exploitation, cultural imperialism, and violence.
The researchers argue that the game encourages more athletic students to target those not as physically adept. In this way, educators are introducing students into a world of cruelty, oppression, and violence. One of the academics stated that, in the context of a game being played for fun, dodgeball might be acceptable, but in an educational setting, teachers “might be nurturing the wrong thing.”
Progressive Politics in Sports?
This is not the first time certain individuals have criticized dodgeball. Indeed, some have argued that the game is too dangerous. But the arguments made by this group of academics are related to the idea of creating good citizens in a particular type of society. Essentially, these academics took issue with the fact that, in the game of dodgeball, there are students whose skills enable them to be dominant while lack of skills relegates some to being losers.
Put simply, the inherent lack of equality in dodgeball must be stopped. But what about other sports? Are they on the chopping block, too? With the prevalence of participation trophies, there is no need for winners. All players receive the same reward despite their level of skill or effort. In fact, in some schools, scores are not kept at all, so neither team wins or loses. Perfectly enforced equality.
The progressive left is working to make children’s sports mirror its version of a socialist utopia in which nobody is better than anyone else; everyone is exactly the same. What better way to prime a population for greater state control than to infuse children’s sports — and other educational activities — with Marxist ideas?
In the past, kids’ sports more closely resembled the reality of a Western-style republic. Similar to the free market system, individuals can earn rewards depending on their level of skill. Some students excel while others do not. One student might dominate a basketball court but fall short in a wrestling match. One athlete might hit a tennis ball faster than a speeding bullet but run slower than a sloth on the track. Others lack either the skill or desire to play any sport, but their intellects are such that upon becoming adults, they may be employing the more athletically gifted.
The far left wishes to see a society that resembles the one described by Marx, and it has applied his rulebook to the world of children’s sports. It injects the spirit of communism and socialism into commonplace childhood activities to make the young participants more open to such ideas when they become adults.
Fortunately, parents can resist the creeping influence of far-left ideology into their children’s lives. Conservatives should be vigilant about the viewpoints being fed, so subtly, to their children, in sports and in other areas of education. Becoming more involved in school curriculum and sports is a good way to advocate for a balance to the leftist ideas that too often go unexamined into their children’s lives.
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