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  • Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
    I could pass the flexibility ones, no issue.
    I'm a sprinter, so the running test was a bitch, but easily doable.
    The weight ones pissed me off because I was supposed to be able to lift a quarter of my body weight and carry it on my shoulders or back for a quarter mile. I weighed 70- 90 lb soaking wet at that point in my life, or 3/4 of what everyone else weighed (at best). All 6 times I took it, I asked for a proportionate weight or substitute weight test, I passed the test, and promptly passed out, which disqualified me and failed me. Then I heard from my parents about failing a test, told them the reason, they'd yell at the school for not taking my size into account and adjusting the weight, the school'd promise to do that for the next test. ALL 6 TIMES. I'd say it's a bit ridiculous to expect a girl literally half the size (weight and height) of some of her classmates to be able to carry the same load as them.
    Ahhh, standardized tests at work, it's a beautiful thing. They are so accurate at gauging young peoples strengths and skills. "Oh, you're half the size as everyone else? Sorry, the test says you must do it this way. All hail the standardized test!"
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    • Originally posted by geostump View Post
      I'm the exact opposite. Even though I can handle pain like a SOB, I'm scared to death to get hurt. I think this is why I don't do a lot of things that others do. Like pullups, even though I know I can't do them and should, I let my fear of heights take over and then I know I will hurt myself so I stop.
      I can handle the pain. I've hurt myself too often not to be able to. I don't aim to hurt myself, I've just come to accept it as part and parcel of inhabiting this klutzy body. I figure that, if working out makes me stronger and more agile, I might be able to better weather more of my unintended assaults on inanimate objects.
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      • I figured (much later on) that it was a decent trade for being able to outrun most of 'em in a sprint and beating all of 'em every time in the standardized intellectual testing.
        Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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        • I think that maybe if I would have broken something in my younger years, I would have been ok with doing a lot of things but since I haven't, that is where a lot of fear lies to me.
          Georgette

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          • I always did well with those test back then, Presidential awards and all that BS. It was definitely unfair and did nothing for the ego of the others that didn't. How fair was it to have the same test for me, captain of the wrestling team, as for the poor kid who made i to high school and still hasn't really hit puberty(This poor kid looked like he was only 11 or 12. I used to follow him around and not let all the idiots pick on him.)
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            • Originally posted by skink531 View Post
              I always did well with those test back then, Presidential awards and all that BS. It was definitely unfair and did nothing for the ego of the others that didn't. How fair was it to have the same test for me, captain of the wrestling team, as for the poor kid who made i to high school and still hasn't really hit puberty(This poor kid looked like he was only 11 or 12. I used to follow him around and not let all the idiots pick on him.)
              From a kid that looked 11 or12 all the way through high school, thank you.
              Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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              • Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
                I can handle the pain. I've hurt myself too often not to be able to. I don't aim to hurt myself, I've just come to accept it as part and parcel of inhabiting this klutzy body. I figure that, if working out makes me stronger and more agile, I might be able to better weather more of my unintended assaults on inanimate objects.
                I used to get hurt all the time too. Not from klutzyness, but from saying "that looks like fun" when others were saying "that's stupid, someone could get killed".
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                • Originally posted by skink531 View Post
                  I always did well with those test back then, Presidential awards and all that BS. It was definitely unfair and did nothing for the ego of the others that didn't. How fair was it to have the same test for me, captain of the wrestling team, as for the poor kid who made i to high school and still hasn't really hit puberty(This poor kid looked like he was only 11 or 12. I used to follow him around and not let all the idiots pick on him.)
                  Those tests I would actually not dress for gym or skip gym entirely. I knew I wouldn't pass, why put up with the humiliation.
                  Georgette

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                  • Dinner tonight was all leftovers. Some leftover steak, with leftover green beans, and a salad. I'm full, but not stuffed, so mission accomplished for today. Just need to remind myself that i don't need to gorge myself. I will get to eat again. It's like giving a dog a whole bag of food. He'll eat it until he makes himself sick just because it's there and he doesn't know when he will see it again. Need to turn off the dog brain I have.
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                    • I personally think the tests are useful. But only if the information gained from them is used properly. Its terribly sad, but some children in this country get ZERO physical exercise or play on a daily basis. Combine that lack of activity with the piss poor diet most American families consume today....and its very easy to see the reason why we are becoming one of the most obese nations on earth.

                      The tests were designed to set up standards so our government can see whether children are getting proper physical education in addition to their normal education. Just the same, we have standards (i.e. EOG testing) for learning from 3rd grade through High School. So I don't think setting physical standards are inappropriate either If a child tests way, way outside of the "norm" ...either greater than the standard or below it...I think it should be noted by teachers and parents. So, they can see what the child is doing right or more commonly, where the kid needs help in getting on the right track so they dont have to endure a life of obesity.
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                      • I think that if there are physical fitness standards, it would be better for the kids ego to test them individually, not as a group. Too much bullying can and will happen. Then you just say fuck it all.
                        Georgette

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                        • Originally posted by nachobrawler View Post
                          I personally think the tests are useful. But only if the information gained from them is used properly.
                          Properly being the key word. A properly designed test, used properly, and implemented by intelligent people, could be a useful tool. But that isn't normally the case. We have poorly designed tests, measuring the wrong things, administered by bureaucrats. We are becoming the fattest nation(and I remind myself that until recently I was part of the problem) and our kids are 1000 times worse off than when we were kids. I'm disgusted when I look at my daughters school. PE is only once a week!!! Recess is too short, and they don't always go outside!!! Any changes to our kids activity level WE have to be in charge of(as it should be). What need to do is teach our kids to PLAY again. I will not by my kids any kind of video game, they will go outside and play. And it's not just kids, adults are doing it too. This last Thanksgiving and Christmas is when I really noticed it. My family has always had a tradition of PLAYING football on both holidays. There has been a game of touch football as far back as I can remember. Then I noticed this year all of the younger group of adults stayed in one room playing X-box and that is where they stayed. And the older group joined them. Games have become something you do with a controller in your hand, not a ball.
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                          • It wasn't for lack of trying or activity. I was playing outside or with my legos/ siblings except to eat, sleep, school, and bathroom. It was simply because they held the tiniest person in the school (which I was, aside from the Little Person guy in 8th grade) to the same standards as they held the largest kid in the school with no adaptation for sheer physical incapability. I understand why they did it (standardization, yadayadayada), and I did what I could. It just irked me that I failed a test simply due to my size. I'd complete the test, I'd just pass out after I dropped the weight from sheer overexertion and be failed for passing out. I realize that's what the armed forces do, I'm fine by the fact that we were all held to the same standard (to a certain extent, a 70 lb kid should not be expected to carry 30 lb in a fireman carry for a quarter mile). I'm not fine with being failed because my body simply couldn't handle it (i.e. passing out.)
                            Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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                            • Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
                              It wasn't for lack of trying or activity. I was playing outside or with my legos/ siblings except to eat, sleep, school, and bathroom. It was simply because they held the tiniest person in the school (which I was, aside from the Little Person guy in 8th grade) to the same standards as they held the largest kid in the school with no adaptation for sheer physical incapability. I understand why they did it (standardization, yadayadayada), and I did what I could. It just irked me that I failed a test simply due to my size. I'd complete the test, I'd just pass out after I dropped the weight from sheer overexertion and be failed for passing out. I realize that's what the armed forces do, I'm fine by the fact that we were all held to the same standard (to a certain extent, a 70 lb kid should not be expected to carry 30 lb in a fireman carry for a quarter mile). I'm not fine with being failed because my body simply couldn't handle it (i.e. passing out.)
                              Exactly. A well planned test would have taken this into account and been made to fit ALL the students. I'm not saying tests can't be done right and are never useful, but the rarely are because of who we chose to make them.
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                              • Originally posted by skink531 View Post
                                Exactly. A well planned test would have taken this into account and been made to fit ALL the students. I'm not saying tests can't be done right and are never useful, but the rarely are because of who we chose to make them.
                                From what I later found out, it did, but no one ever actually followed those direction because there were so many kids they were testing (another rant I won't go into...)
                                Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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