Jason Lindquist (jlindquist) wrote,
Jason Lindquist

It's a start, but don't expect more...

As some will recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger was chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness back during the Bush The Elder days. He talks a big game about health and fitness, but in his time as governor in California, he hasn't played it. The state Department of Education has a new program going that looks like a nice first step: a state fitness test for high school students. The standards aren't bad. Even my perpetually-unathletic ass can get through a mile in 9 to 9 and a half minutes. Students that don't pass have to keep taking PE classes until they do. It doesn't appear that they won't graduate if they're still missing the targets as seniors. But what I find most wanting is the lack of additional funding for staff and facilities. And given the budget cuts coming in the world's sixth largest economy, that's only going to get worse.

Ah, well. Thanks for playing.

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