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I must be Hindu?!

Posted 10-05-2008 at 09:50 AM by PathMaster
Opened up a local newspaper a few days ago to see an article on Yoga being taught in school. I think to myself, "Great idea. Relaxation before tests would help so many." I then go on to read, then parents and community members are against it. Why you might ask?:

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A few vocal parents raised concerns about the separation of church and state at a meeting the previous week, saying that the district could not expose their children to Hindu rituals.
You have got to be kidding me. I understand the correlation, but to think that by breathing in and out while standing still teaches me Hindu beliefs you are off your rocker. It is absurd.

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"Yoga, even in its most basic form, is tied into Hinduism," said the Rev. Colin J. Lucid, of Calvary Baptist Church in Massena. The Rev. Mr. Lucid was one of the dissenting parents at last week's meeting. "My concern is separation of church and state. I am not against Hinduism."
Reaching there I think. Honestly, Yoga is a great tool to relax, and it appears to be used as such in this case. I wonder what the dissenters might say if the students all had a Wii Fit.
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Xerxes's Avatar
Dude some parents don't want kids to kid exercise at school.
Posted 10-05-2008 at 10:11 AM by Xerxes Xerxes is offline
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astranoir's Avatar
@Xerxes: Why would they not want kids to exercise at school?
Posted 10-05-2008 at 02:51 PM by astranoir astranoir is offline
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Xerxes's Avatar
I don't know. People are weird.
Posted 10-05-2008 at 03:07 PM by Xerxes Xerxes is offline
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astranoir's Avatar
Not wanting your kids to exercise at school seems a little counter-intuitive since there seems to be an over-emphasis on sports in a lot of schools. Also, youth obesity is becoming more of a problem...
Posted 10-05-2008 at 03:27 PM by astranoir astranoir is offline
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Xerxes's Avatar
I agree.
I don't have an article back me up, just saying their are always stupid parents wanting something off schools. Learned that on EvAv. lol
Posted 10-05-2008 at 03:32 PM by Xerxes Xerxes is offline
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My high school has a new principal since I graduated. The old gym teacher. Now the school is very sport centric, to the point where if you play a sport and do something wrong, you get off with barely any punishment. But if you do not, then the maximum punishment is yours.

So glad I am gone.
Posted 10-07-2008 at 12:03 PM by PathMaster PathMaster is offline
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Frankly, I am one of those people. I don't think schools should have gym class, sports teams, etc... All are a waste of already limited resources. I do agree that childhood obesity is a problem, but activity at schools really isnt even close to solving that problem.

As to the topic at hand... hey, what can I say... closed minds are closed minds.
Posted 12-02-2008 at 08:54 AM by Serapth Serapth is offline
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@Serapth: I think your point of view makes more sense than what I was understanding as "we want to spend millions on sports teams, but no -- our children should not exercise at school." Personally I do not have a specific problem with physical education or sports teams in schools; however, I do have a problem with the inordinate amount of money often spent on them.
Posted 12-02-2008 at 09:32 AM by astranoir astranoir is offline
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After primary school, I just don't think exercise is an ideal use of money and resources. Not to mention, the people behind it are ill trained and misapplied.

If you want manditory physical activity for our nations lard ass youth, thats fine, and do-able. Just don't do it at the schools. Give tax credits towards sport activity, gym memberships, etc... If you really want to get nanny state ( and their are good reasons, for example reduced health care costs ), make a membership or activity manditory for people under a certain age. Just keep it out of schools.
Posted 12-02-2008 at 09:44 AM by Serapth Serapth is offline
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I think your right in that there is no reason that physical activities can't be done outside of school (preferably with or encouraged by parents). Still, I think PE in school, if done in the right way can teach things like team work, friendship.
Posted 12-02-2008 at 04:28 PM by Chris_D Chris_D is offline
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LOL, your school experience was much different then mine!

PE in high school was all about cliques, alpha male bullshit and various other pleasantries.

High school students are self absorbed shitheads. Adding a layer of competition to that mix is rarely a good idea.
Posted 12-02-2008 at 04:33 PM by Serapth Serapth is offline
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Yea high school gym was overall a joke. It was mostly an excuse for the sport players to get easy grades. Sadly, I knew many that refused to even wear gym clothes and thus failed gym. I mean seriously how hard is it to change your clothes. Changing your clothes at least netted you a B.

But anything was better then gym in my old Catholic school. Square Dancing. No better way to sort out the losers then girls getting to pick what guy they want to dance with in gym class.
Posted 12-02-2008 at 06:56 PM by PathMaster PathMaster is offline
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Heh, my gym class was pretty bad too. Also I failed a lot of the components like gymnastics and athletics. ('B' in tennis though, woohoo!).
Posted 12-02-2008 at 09:22 PM by Chris_D Chris_D is offline
 
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