Unpromising Start

Opie the Grumpy Pig
Opie the Grumpy Pig

And why not? A new school year, and not a promising start.  The Kid started junior high last Monday, and the first homework she had (which wasn’t assigned until Thursday) was in P. E.  Not math, not English, not geography … P. E.  And what sort of homework can a kid possibly have in P. E.?

“Oh, we watched a video about famous women athletes, and we’re supposed to pick one and write a paragraph.”

“For example?”

“I don’t remember their names.”

“Then how are you going to write a paragraph about any of them?”

“Well, one of them was Babe something …”

“Babe Didrikson Zaharias?”

“Yeah, that’s the one!”

Call me old-fashioned, but why weren’t the kids out there doing something, well, physical?  What was the point of watching a film about athletes?  If the teacher wanted to make P. E. a pseudo-academic subject, I can think of other things she could have done …  perhaps pictures of sagittal sections of the obese body compared to the athletic body, or pulmonary function tests of a smoker compared to a non-smoker.  But this might be too much to expect from a teacher who writes:  Students who miss a class will be expected to make up work by reading and summarizing “an interent” article.  First misspelling, just a slip of the fingers.  Second misspelling of same word in the same paragraph, and I think she has no business expecting anything from my child.

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