Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ed board member: Fat kids shouldn't be reminded they're fat

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM

According to a story in today's Marietta Daily Journal, a member of the city school board balked at news that all students would be tested for physical fitness after Christmas, in compliance with the Georgia Student Health and Physical Education Act passed by state lawmakers in 2009.

Board Member Randy Weiner complained that fat kids don't need to be called out:

“It seems like it’s a way to rub parents’ noses in the fact that their child is overweight, out of shape and what have you. If they’re good parents, they already know it, so it doesn’t seem very useful. It’s a way for the state to collect data, that’s why this is mandated.”

Weiner went on to say the program seems an unnecessary intrusion by government into people's lives.

Hmm. I don't know if Weiner's a Republican, but since he's a Marietta politician, chances are good that he is. Does he not remember the President's Council on Physical Fitness during the '80s, when then-Pres. Reagan mandated that every boy and girl in America would be embarrassed in gym class by being scored in running, pull-ups and other humiliations? If this program was good enough for the Gipper, it should be good enough for some freakin' small-town school board member. That's all I'm sayin'.

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