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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Now fat kids are Bush's fault too

Can someone please tell me why it's the government's responsibilty for kids to get enough exercise? This is something that I wouldn't even blame on the school system, let alone the government. Growing up, I always thought that P.E. in school was a joke to begin with and we would have been better served with another class anyway. A couple of health classes? Fine. Just don't grade someone on their ability to play kickball. I remember one time failing P.E. in grade school because I couldn't perform two gymnastics moves. Gymnastics!

I would hold my kid's school responsible for academics...not their ability to get him fit. As a parent, that's MY responsibility.


Anonymous me said...

I didn't think it was possible to fail gym unless you just flat out didn't DO anything. We all know I'm the laziest person on earth. Dude I took BOWLING in gym because I didn't have to change. That's how lazy I was. Then I took crap like walking and badmitton. Lazy.

So I agree that just cuz a kid sucks at basketball doesn't mean he should fail, but y'know I guess it can't hurt kids to get excercize in school. If nothing else it breaks up a pretty boring day.

And believe me, I HATE gym class. HATED IT. But now that I'm a cow, I'm realizing that if I was forced to move off my sofa, I'd be in better shape.

8/22/2006 5:04 PM  
Blogger Doobie said...

Exactly. If you have the option to take *bowling* for P.E., exactly how effective is that class going to be?

I can almost guarantee that P.E. at school has little to no effect on whether or not your child is overweight. The exercise it provides is minimal. If your child is fit, it's more than likely because of things that happen outside of school...extracurricular activities, organized sports, etc. and healthy eating habits that begin and are maintained at home.

The fact that this article focuses its critique on the federal goverment (note the photo of Bush and the caption) is astonishing. They actually say that "critics contend that the very legislation meant to bolster national academic standards -- the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 -- may be a culprit in the diminishing P.E. curriculum, unintentionally sapping schools of time and resources for exercise as educators focus more and more on test scores and rigorous academic coursework".

They're actually bashing "rigorous academic coursework"?? For crying out loud, it's school! That's what it's all about! It's not about whether or not someone can work the parallel bars! It's about learning math and reading skills!

8/22/2006 5:58 PM  
Anonymous Darren R. Sussman said...

Well, one could argue that school is about learning SKILLS, period, not specifically "academic" skills. It's worthwhile to foster children's interests while teaching them important facts and lessons.

8/22/2006 9:35 PM  
Blogger Doobie said...

Yeah, but we're talking about P.E. class being deemed by critics as a primary source of exercise for children. That may or may not be the case depending on what skills we're referring to.

8/22/2006 9:41 PM  
Blogger M-D said...

You know when I lost interest in gym? (No, not when we got too old to play with that parachute thing from the Drew School.) It's when we had to start doing that retarded "President's Test of Physical Fitness", or whatever the hell it was called. My mindset: I already know I'm overweight - why am I being forced to go around the goddamn HHS track for what felt like HOURS to tell me what I already know? No, I CAN'T do pullups, because I'M OVERWEIGHT!

Instead of reinforcing how f**king useless I am, physically, why not - oh, I don't know - HELP ME LOSE THAT WEIGHT? Oh, but that would require involvement beyond the standard curriculum.

Sorry. I'm still a little bitter. (F**king Reagan and his f**king physical fitness test.)

8/22/2006 11:51 PM  
Blogger Doobie said...

Hah! I remember that in my senior year! Fortunately, we never got graded on it, so it was kind of a laugher. I remember being happy to finish in the 20th percentile in some of those. The only people I knew who took that seriously were a couple of my friends who enlisted in the Marines.

8/23/2006 7:45 AM  
Anonymous me said...

Ooooh yeah. Those presidential fitness things. Ok but see. I sucked at all of that. I can't reach 17 inches beyond my feet like that fool Meeria could and I could only do half the amount of pullups or chinups or whatever they were called that were required, but I still always managed an A in gym class.

Also freshman swim? SUCkED my ASS. Because I'm not awkward enough at 13 so I think I need to be slapped into a bathing suit with BOYS NEAR ME. EWWWW.

Dude tho, if that parachute thing was an option in high school? I'd DEFINITELY choose that!!

8/24/2006 4:41 PM  

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