I used to regularly get "C"s in middle school gym class. Then I got to Vocational high school. They had very simple criteria for their gym class. 1-“be prepared” (have your shorts & sneakers) 2-“participate” (if you took 10 minutes to do 1 push-up, but the teacher could see you about to burst a blood vessel straining to do so, you passed) 3-“take showers”. If you failed to do any of these things on any given day (we had gym 5 days a week), you could lose a grade a day. You could FAIL in a week. After I got a “B” the first semester, I got straight-"A"s the rest of the 4 years.
Meanwhile, an annoying, arrogant, obnoxious muscle-brain I knew (and hated) wound up getting "D"s and at least one “F” in gym. I thought it was hilarious.
I was very annoyed, however, that in 4 years, I only ever learned swimming ONE year, my 10th grade, because of a teacher who had a very simple “system”. He’d demonstrate the next thing you needed to learn, you’d practice, you’d show him you learned it, he’d check you off on the list. NEXT step. At the end of a year, I’d attained the 1st of 3 levels for “Red Cross” swimming certification. I figured, great, by the time I graduate, I’ll have all 3. NO CHANCE. He went to another school, his replacement was an idiot who never taught us anything. What a waste of time, and tax-payers money.
Paige Braddock and Jason McNamara
Feb 28, 2014