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Old 23rd March 2016, 1:20 AM   #1
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should swimming in gym class be banned?

Swimming in gym class is the worst. Gym teacher forces student into pool, is charged with abuse (VIDEO).



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Old 23rd March 2016, 1:44 AM   #2
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Wouldn't go in because of her hair? Pfft. School is not a fashion parade and swimming is a basic life skill.

While the girl shouldn't have been forced in to the pool, she should have received some type of penalty for not participating. Detention or an F grade.

I fully support swimming in gym class.
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Old 23rd March 2016, 9:27 AM   #3
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So do American schools really have pools in them? That's crazy... I always thought it was just for TV.


Here it's an optional thing that the parents can opt their students out of, held offsite at a public pool. I think that's a better way to do it.
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So do American schools really have pools in them? That's crazy... I always thought it was just for TV.
Yep - many do, although they are usually only in High Schools and are open to the public when not being used by the students.
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The HS my kids attended had a pool, but the swimming units were entirely voluntary. Other options were always available, and no, not just dodgeball... ..lol..

Personally, I agree with basil67 that swimming is a basic life (-saving potentially) skill and will go a step further to say that passing of some rudimentary swimming skills test is definitely in a child's best interest.

So no, it should not be banned.
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Old 23rd March 2016, 11:47 AM   #6
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We had swimming in PE the first and last quarter of school 7th-9th grade. It was awful!!! If you had PE early in the day you spent the next few hours with wet hair, when you were on your period you could run a mile instead of swimming and then sit on the bleachers and watch. You spent most of your time standing in line on the pool deck because there was one teacher for 30 teens. Pointless!!!! Plus living in a warm state where there are pools everywhere...we all knew how to swim already! I can't imagine a non-swimmer actually learning how to swim from PE class. Hated it!
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Old 23rd March 2016, 3:56 PM   #7
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A good teacher and peer pressure should be able to get a reluctant student into the pool. And everyone should know how to swim. If a student has a big issue, they probably need to see a counselor and get to the bottom of it.
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P.S. I can only imagine what many less fortunate children around the world think if they read this thread and saw people complaining about the hardships of having a swimming pool and swim class in school. Just sayin'
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I've never been associated with a school district (either as a student, or as a parent) where swimming is required in schools. So no, I don't think it should be mandatory.

If it purpose is to teach swimming as a skill, I could see it being mandatory for kindergarten-5th grade. Ironically, I've never heard of it required at that age. As a sport, having it available is great, but there are so many other sports available for PE class that do not require wearing a swimsuit.
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A good teacher and peer pressure should be able to get a reluctant student into the pool. And everyone should know how to swim. If a student has a big issue, they probably need to see a counselor and get to the bottom of it.
I think the number of people who don't know how to swim varies greatly depending on where people live, not to mention the economy of the place.


Living in the Canadian prairies there are many people where I live who never learn how to swim and there lives aren't greatly affected by that. However if you grow up somewhere warm, especially with oceans/lakes around it is a critical skill.
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At my kids school it is required in gym. A person can sit out if they have a doctors note or some legitimate reason
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I did swimming lessons in school, it was the best skill I ever learnt.

I don't believe anyone should be forced to do what they don't want to. Instead, encourage + support.
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My school had a pool, and it was mandatory, for one term of the year, from 5th to 12th grades.

Can't say it was my favourite, but I appreciate it for what it was and I'm glad I had it. I would sit it out a lot, though. It's amazing how many times a month a girl can have a period and not be questioned about it by a male teacher! LOL

I obviously don't think it should be banned, but I also don't think anyone can FORCE another person into the pool. If their reason for not wanting to go in isn't valid/good, then give them a penalty of some kind, which will reflect on the grade. BUt don't force them in.
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Old 25th March 2016, 10:23 AM   #14
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When I was in school we took swimming lessons in elementary, about the ages of 8 - 11 yrs. It involved getting on a school bus and going to a pool where we were taught by swimming instructors. I have no idea if it was mandatory or not. After grade 6, swimming was optional. I loved swimming and am glad that I learned young so I don't think it should be banned but I also don't think it should be forced on anyone. Definitely no student should be getting physically thrown into a pool.
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I've never been associated with a school district (either as a student, or as a parent) where swimming is required in schools. So no, I don't think it should be mandatory.

If it purpose is to teach swimming as a skill, I could see it being mandatory for kindergarten-5th grade. Ironically, I've never heard of it required at that age. As a sport, having it available is great, but there are so many other sports available for PE class that do not require wearing a swimsuit.
Swimming was mandatory in the school district where I went. Personally I think it is a good life skill to learn. Also it is a good gym activity to do during the winter, when kids get sick of indoor sports.

But that being said teachers have to be sensitive to students. My aunt never learned how to swim. She almost drowned as a child. She is terrified of water. The teacher made he jump into the deep end. She said I don't know how to swim. The teacher thought she was lying because she didn't want to get her hair wet. Well my aunt jumped in and almost drowned. The teacher had to go in after her.

But I can see where teachers get sick of hearing no I won't do it. I remember a lot of girls trying to get out of gym so they wouldn't ruin their hair/makeup. Not just swimming but regular gym as well.
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