Thursday, May 28, 2009
The Human Tractor Pull
So, a new event occurred today at our school, as classes were invited to the auditorium for the Hour of Power, a tour de force of weightlifting. A group of students in weight training classes were attempting to set some school records for various lifts. Why this should be a spectator sport, I don't know, but several of my kiddos asked me yesterday if we could go as a class (the only way they were able to go, of course). I said no. We had stuff to do.
Well, one of my students is the daughter of the gym teacher/football coach who was hosting the extravaganza. In addition, her brother was one of the lifters. As well, other teachers said that they were going to go, so I put it to a class vote. Of my twenty-six kids, only two said they didn't want to go, of course. So, we went.
Wow, what a popular event. The auditorium was SRO, and the kids were really enthusiastic. But, it was just another glorification of the athletic over the academic, something my school is hella good at. I think it's time to start thinking about organizing a quiz bowl...with a weight lifting competition. Brains and brawn. Now, that would be an event worth sacrificing a class period for.