Sunday, November 22, 2009

Nyeah! That's not fair! Nyeah!

There's a school in Pennsylvania called Lincoln.

The powers that be there looked at the student body and decided that too many students there just plain too damned fat. They decided to add a small, 1 credit phys ed requirement to those that were toting around too much lard on their bodies. It is supposed to apply to incoming freshmen who they feel are over weight and the course can be waived either by proving ones self on the sports field or by losing the weight.

I doesn't sound too unreasonable to me.

A school has it down there in the curriculum. It's there for all to see. Students are forewarned and anyone unwilling to conform has a choice to make; either conform or go elsewhere. Fair enough.

This news started a real 7 page long pissing match on an internet forum I'm on sometimes. People quoted the Americans with disabilities act(ADA) and started in on how it isn't fair and on and on.

Guess what? Simply being fat isn't covered by the ADA.

The 'I have my rights' set chimed in and I took the side of Lincoln.

The solution is plain and simple. If you want to graduate from Lincoln, meet the requirements laid out in the curriculum. It's plain and simple. If you don't want to meet the requirements Lincoln has laid out, simply go elsewhere.

Schools have standards and in this day of diploma mills and dumbing things down it's a blast of fresh air to see a school take a stand and make getting a degree a little more challenging, even if it is only with a small physical ed requirement.

Frankly, I wish every single school out there that recieves any federal money should have to have a phys ed requirement, modifiable or waiverable for those with bona fide disabilities.

It would be in the interest of the general public.

After all, we have to look at these people on a daily basis.

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