The 3 R's... and Chin-Ups?? Come on, ...

The 3 R's... and Chin-Ups?? Come on, people....

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Disgruntled Mom

Kendallville, IN

#1 Mar 30, 2006
My kids' school system recently joined up with a nifty online monitoring system that allows parents to access (with codes and passwords) their kids' grades, broken down into categories (like homework, tests/quizzes, projects, etc.) within in each subject or class. I think it's great!! I have up-to-the-minute info on how my kids are doing, and can easily identify "trouble" areas so that I can help the kids at home and bring the grades up again.

With that said, however, it's also allowed me to see how each teacher WEIGHTS these categories within a given subject. Ultimately, then, I have a better understanding of how the final grades are determined. And I've got to say... I've got some real concerns with PHYSICAL EDUCATION (gym class).

I have 2 kids -- a boy and girl -- who attend and participate to the best of their abilities in gym class. Neither are especially athletic or physically strong, though, and that's apparently going to be reflected on their report cards with C's and D's.

My kids are conscientious and hard-working, intelligent people who take their grades seriously. My daughter brings home straight A's -- always. My son's an A/B student. For them to receive C's and D's because they can't do push-ups, chin-ups and lay-ups (basketball) is RIDICULOUS!! They improve every time they're tested physically and they excel at the occasional written assignment they're given... yet their permanent grade card will have C's and D's on them.

What in the world are these P.E. teachers expecting from 12 and 13-yr-old kids?? Are they so desperate to demonstrate their own value that they abuse their power with these strict (and QUITE biased) measures for grading?

As far as I'm concerned my kids have their priorities MUCH straighter than these gym teachers -- who favor athletic kids over those that just don't "have it in their genes" (nor the desire) to excel in sports and strenuous physical activity at this point in their young lives. WHO CARES whether or not a 7th grader can pass a soccer ball with ease?? Will my daughter's inability to do a single chin-up really keep her off the honor roll that she works so hard to stay on top of??

GYM CLASS activities are NOT ACADEMIC!! Grades (A through F) are for academics. Phys Ed should be graded with the old "Satisfactory" and "Unsatisfactory" ratings. Those would reflect the SECONDARY importance of the class... and could be more easily overlooked by anyone evaluating a child's ACADEMIC achievements, at a glance.

Am I the only parent around that thinks this is a bunch of bologna????? I'd like to hear others' thoughts before I start raising a ruckus with the school system over the issue!!

THANKS.
SuperNannyForPre sident

Fort Wayne, IN

#2 Mar 31, 2006
Take the plunge Home educate you will not regret it.
They are not going to listen to you..They will tell you Mam this is the way we do things please do not come in to our School and tell us how to do our job with our students. Do you hear the word OUR not YOUR.
Good Luck
SuperNannyForPre sident

Fort Wayne, IN

#3 Mar 31, 2006
http://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp...
Laws on home school in your state.
Disgruntled Mom

Kendallville, IN

#4 Apr 1, 2006
SuperNannyForPresident wrote:
http://www.hslda.org/laws/defa ult.asp?State=IN
Laws on home school in your state.
Thanks for the link!
SuperNannyForPre sident

Fort Wayne, IN

#5 Apr 1, 2006
Your welcome
I made the jump 2 years ago.
Look for support groups in your area if your really thinking about it you can join while your thinking about it.
They can guide you threw getting started.
I had asked my self too many times what are these people thinking and then figured it was much better if I thought for my self and my kids.
choice

Uppsala, Sweden

#6 Apr 4, 2006
I agree that kids should not be graded on the number of chin-ups they can do, but physical education is an EXTREMELY important part of school. Over 50% of kids in the US are clinically obese. This is terrible.
I suggest you encourage your kids to spend more time playing and running, and trying to get fit.
Otherwise, you will end up with two kids who have great educations and a lifespan of 55 years, rather than great educations and a lifespan of 85 years.
Homeschool is not the answer, it often is so easy to ignore physical education, and your kids do not learn how to interact with others
Michael Peacock

New York, NY

#7 Jun 26, 2006
When you improve your physical health you also improve your mental well being (everyone knows this don't they?). Gym is damn important. I got C's and B's in Gym class growing up, and then I started working hard and finally achieved an A in grade 9. I felt proud of myself. I was not a gifted athlete, but I was able to work hard and better my grade. Getting an A certainly meant more to me than some pass or fail grade. Statistics indicate that 25 percent of Canadians and 40 percent of Americans are obese. I think we are probably a lot closer to 40 percent. Our fat A*ses are going to bankrupt our health care system!

Here is my point: Our kids need lots of PHY-ED, and they definitely need a teacher to motivate them to excel. Kids definitley don't need us parents to tell them that Gym is not important!
PE not Gym teacher

Magnolia, DE

#8 Jul 5, 2006
Gym is the area that the class of Physical Education takes place. Over 65% of all students are obese, over-weight, and lack health and wellness concepts in their life. Academics are vital in the school envirionment. But, it doesnt matter how smart you are, if you are unhealthy and lack information about health issues, you are setting yourself short. Maybe, more active family time at home exercising, hiking, and walking is what you need. Health and wellness should start at home. You can teach lessons when creating meals, exercise as a family, and become involved in extra-curricular activities to stay busy.
MaltaMon

Mont-saint-hilaire, Canada

#9 Mar 1, 2014
Nude PE is the area where the meat and potatoes of Physical Education takes place. Over 65% of all students are more attractive and appealing with their clothes off. Doing PE in the nude reinforces health and wellness concepts in their life.Bare buttocks are vital in the school envirionment. But, it doesnt matter how smart you are, if you are clothed and lack information about the pleasures of nude PE, nude swimming, and group showers, you are setting yourself short. Maybe, more active family time at home exercising, hiking, and walking, all done in the nude of course, is what you need. Health, wellness, and nudity should start at home. You can teach lessons when nude, exercise naked as a family, and become involved in extra-nude-ilar activities to stay busy.
And don't forget the value of discipline in student development. Bare bottom spankings for bad behaviour corrects and builds character like no other form of punishment.
Phil

Montréal, Canada

#10 Apr 17, 2015
Nude choir should be mandatory for boys in all schools. It is humbling to stand in the school auditorium and have everyone see you naked as you sing.
As choir master, I face the boys, and I am humbled and awed by the genitalia that I am privileged to view.

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