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13 November 2003 @ 11:27 pm
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This is sadly humorous. A teacher at a school in Maryland gave his students an assignment to perform a "non-conformist act." Two females in the class decided to stand on one of the tables during lunch and kiss each other. They were both suspended for two days. Apparently they were told not to do "perform illegal or inappropriate acts" in carrying out the asignment, of course telling someone to be non-conformist but not inappropriate isn't very feasible. Almost everything non-conforrmist is going to be considered inapropriate to someone. Only difference is how much they care and how much power they have to do anything about it.

Looked around and found an article about it

In other news, the US is continuing on with "Operation Iron Hammer." As best as i can tell means that if someone commits a terrorist act the army will hunt them down and beat the crap out of them. Or drop a bomb where they think they are. This is good in theory, but we're (theoretically) also trying to run a PR campaign.

Even in the best of circumstances such tactics usually don't make the populace very happy with the occupying force. And of course i hope the army is _always_ right about who they crack down on and which buildings they decide to bomb, because making even a single mistake in that regard is _definitely_ not the best circumstances. And i sure hope the codename of the operation hasn't leaked to the Iraqis, i can't imagine it would inspire very fond feelings on their part.

And the "best" part is that the news report said that the operation is intended to crack down on the insurgents who support Saddam. I hate to tell them, but being anti-US does not mean that they're pro-Saddam. Of course it fits in with the whole "us vs. them" attitude i guess.

The last bit is a news report from a few days ago about a survey showing that the kids in californian schools are horribly out of shape. One of the claims was that the schools were focusing too much on the classes and not enough on the physical fitness.

I hate to tell them, but the reason why i didn't do much in PE in jr. high and high school and opted out as soon as possible is because it sucked. The "cool" kids made sure things ranged from mildly unpleasant to outright hell, depending on how nerdy, unfit, or unpopular you were. It didn't help that PE itself was generally boring as well. Apparently they're trying to deal with that issue by providing more options like rollerblading and rock climbing, but if they don't fix the other issue somehow i'm not sure how much it will help.

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Apparently they're going to start testing for steroids in baseball because anonymous testing revealed that more than 5% of the players were using them. Does that mean that at some specific point of less than 5% but greater than 0% they would have just let it slide? That would in effect make it a really bizarre tragedy of the commons :)
 
 
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Chaos Never Blinkssithjawa on November 14th, 2003 02:22 am (UTC)
Adding activities like rollerblading and rockcliming would help some, because they're (1) not competitive and (2) not team sports.

Of course you can't have the other kids doing belay, but that's okay, because they're probably too light anyway.
Vespera: balancesol_rei on November 14th, 2003 08:48 pm (UTC)
Suspended for two days for kissing?? I'd be pretty ticked off, assignment or not. I don't think schools have any right to disipline students for such innocent and unharmful acts. Grrr...

And when I was in school, I did TERRIBLE is PE during the years that I was picked on. My rock bottom self-esteem made me even scared to try. You would think educators would realize how big a problem that is. It happens all the time. *sigh*