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Originally posted by kyred
reply to post by Xammu
Swimming in school. That would be a cool course. I would have enjoyed it. I doubt that a lot of schools could even afford this curriculum right now, though. But, hey, it's a good idea, anyways.
Maybe it could be an elective. What if some kid just does NOT want to get in a pool of water? Some people have this fear of water. Not sure why, but some do.
Why do physical education teachers, some of them, insist some kid who can hardly climb out of the bathtub by himself, climb up a long rope to the top of the gymnasium? I felt sorry for those kids who couldn't do it and were made fun of.
I can see it now. A bus load of kids from a school that can't afford a swimming pool are taken to the local swimming hole. A kid protests, the gym teacher makes fun of him or her and says, "Okay, ya big baby! You're first in! Now swim!"
Sure, a swimming class would be good, I think. It doesn't mean kids will be tossed into the deep end of the pool. Shallow water works just as well when learning to swim, after all, swimming means staying near the top surface of water, for the most part, in that, NOT drowning. Those that show skill and desire, sure, go into the deep water.
I don't see it,though,as economically feasible for lots of schools. So, this should be a local decision. Definitely not federal required, and not even state required.
Originally posted by Xammu
To me it seems that this could cut the annual drowning deaths by more than tenfold, and It could also provide exercize for children, potentially reducing childhood obesity.
Originally posted by crazydaisy
Required by law - absolutely not! As an after school program with the permission of the parents and proper supervision- perhaps. Schools have too many uneducational activites in my opinion already. They need to be in the classroom learning Math, Reading, Science, etc. I can't quote stastics right now but a lot of kids can't even read after being passed on thru several grades. There are other alternatives for recreation - in the US we have the YMCA/YWCA and other sports and recreational organizations. [...]
Originally posted by St Udio
lets return to agencies like boy-scouts, girl-scouts to fill in the need,
we just do not need any more cradle-to-grave government in our lives.
It should be required by basic common sense