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Old 25th March 2016, 5:35 PM   #16
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I seriously worry about this word! How will our kids be able to cope with anything when they are so wrapped in cotton wool!

Everyone should be able to swim.

We need to remember our kids are lucky that they have awesome facilities to learn to swim in.

I believe it should be compulsory.
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Old 3rd April 2016, 3:13 PM   #17
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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.
In my general area swimming is only offered in the suburbs or city, where the districts have more money. None of the rural schools have pools. I don't know anyone who has taken swimming as part of gym class.
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In my general area swimming is only offered in the suburbs or city, where the districts have more money. None of the rural schools have pools. I don't know anyone who has taken swimming as part of gym class.
Since I live in the Great Lakes State, the inner city, suburban, and rural schools have pools. Other than the lakes you can see from space, we have a ton of smaller lakes and ponds dotted all over the place. We also have many beaches, docks, piers, etc. It's only warm enough for about 3 months of the year to actually swim outside, but being near some body of water or another pretty much anywhere in the state you live means that it's not unrealistic to think swimming is a life saving skill all must learn for their own safety.
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Since I live in the Great Lakes State, the inner city, suburban, and rural schools have pools. Other than the lakes you can see from space, we have a ton of smaller lakes and ponds dotted all over the place. We also have many beaches, docks, piers, etc. It's only warm enough for about 3 months of the year to actually swim outside, but being near some body of water or another pretty much anywhere in the state you live means that it's not unrealistic to think swimming is a life saving skill all must learn for their own safety.
Ok...I'm not exactly sure why you quoted me? I understand swimming is a life-saving skill but my state is broke, many schools are cutting gym out altogether. We don't have pools at schools until you get into the bigger school districts. A pool would be useless if there's no gym class to learn from.
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I was one who was 'forced' to take swimming as part of PE. Two years of it.

Yes, I learned some life saving skills. For example, they threw us into the deep end of the pool, fully clothed (in jeans). We had to tread water, undress, tie the ends of the jeans off, and blow them up to make flotation devices. You can't make this stuff up.

I passed four semesters, with Ds. Only because I didn't drown, I suppose.

The pisser is that it entered into my GPA. I graduated 5th in my class. I don't know where I'd have landed if I'd had the As I did in everything else, and I wasn't granted the automatic scholarships the top three were.

I don't regret having the skills; my best stroke is still the dog paddle. I just don't think it should enter into a GPA.

And yes, if you were on your period, everyone knew it. It was coed.
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Ok...I'm not exactly sure why you quoted me? I understand swimming is a life-saving skill but my state is broke, many schools are cutting gym out altogether. We don't have pools at schools until you get into the bigger school districts. A pool would be useless if there's no gym class to learn from.
I mentioned it because our state is also broke. We're closing down schools left and right. Heck, my district alone closed 4 elementary and 1 Jr High in the past 2 years due to not having the funds to maintain the building. They're closing a high school after this semester. Yet we still make phys ed and swimming a requirement for obvious reasons.

Just curious, do you have charter schools in your area? When our district went broke, they also cut gym and added cutting music, art, etc. for good measure. What ended up happening was a mass exodus to charter schools.

After the first year, the district realized that, in order to survive, they had to seduce people back. So, they chose to close some buildings down and concentrate on the ones with the most amenities. They brought back music, gym, art, and some sports in hopes of getting butts in seats.
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I was one who was 'forced' to take swimming as part of PE. Two years of it.

Yes, I learned some life saving skills. For example, they threw us into the deep end of the pool, fully clothed (in jeans). We had to tread water, undress, tie the ends of the jeans off, and blow them up to make flotation devices. You can't make this stuff up.

I passed four semesters, with Ds. Only because I didn't drown, I suppose.

The pisser is that it entered into my GPA. I graduated 5th in my class. I don't know where I'd have landed if I'd had the As I did in everything else, and I wasn't granted the automatic scholarships the top three were.

I don't regret having the skills; my best stroke is still the dog paddle. I just don't think it should enter into a GPA.

And yes, if you were on your period, everyone knew it. It was coed.
Phys ed is a requirement for graduation in this state. So, the class being part of the overall GPA is something we really can't escape. Besides, most gym teachers here were cool enough to give you a C for showing up and dressing for the class, a B if you tried, and an A if you really, really, tried.

How the heck could everyone know a girl was on her period in a coed swim class?!?!? Maybe we're from different generations, but when we did swim and it was that time of the month, we just used tampons for swim class.

The only way the guys knew is if some blabbermouth said something. And that blabbermouth would shortly have a Come to Jesus moment in the locker room after class.
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