Protecting California Children From Life

Under current California law, public school children in fifth, seventh and ninth grades are given a physical fitness test that measures everything from aerobic capacity to flexibility and upper body strength.

According to the California Department of Education, “the main goal of the test is to help students in starting life-long habits of regular physical activity. The test has six parts that show a level of fitness that offer a degree of defense against diseases that come from inactivity. The test results can be used by students, teachers, and parents.”

Because of dramatic increases in childhood obesity, not just in California but throughout the nation, it makes sense to have some way of measuring the fitness of our kids. Such tests can also motivate young people to improve their overall health.

But starting next year, schools will suspend the fitness exam because, according to Governor Newsom, physical fitness tests are “discriminatory.”

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  1. Treva Bennett says

    Sad article Jon. Our children are being smothered with pea poor decisions from adults of the Democrat left wing of politics. No way would I have a child in a California public school. Even some of these so called private Christian schools are not worth the tuition. I doubt very seriously how or if teachers are vetted but they certainly have let some nut jobs through the butterfly net! Same goes for the politicians. They must be vetted.

    • Vetting politicians requires discrimination, which is an aspect of intelligence, and not something inherently wrong. The problem is that people sometimes discriminate stupidly, in an anti-social manner; but to conclude that all discrimination is wrong is a conclusion that in itself lacks discrimination between the intelligent and the anti-social.

      If fitness tests are leading to bullying, the answer should be to teach morality, either in the context of religious studies or of non-confessional ethics, rather than to ban the testing. But any move to get the state out of student assessment is okay with me. California should devolve this issue, and all other ones with respect to primary & secondary education, to local education agencies, who should use their discrimination to better solve these issues than school governors like Gavin Newsom have been doing.

  2. Common Core Education, graduating with a D grade now acceptable, no physical activity just living in the I-phone with games and texting all day, why would anyone think that California children are the 48th worst educated in the entire nation? Yet LAUSD has the highest paid teachers in the nation, with the worst possible results. Is there any doubt it has something to do with California being a one state party, the ruinous Democratic party of leftist and progressives. Is it any wonder why these kids are dumb and dumber? Dems ruin everything they come in contact with and that is why homeschooling is the best route a parent can do for their children. Plenty of social activities, we actually enjoy park day, playing outside and not having a phone until 16. Why have kids if you can’t enjoy them? Governor Newsome is the worst, I yearn for the days of Gray Davis.

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