With graduation approaching this spring, Jessica McSweeney has a sinking feeling. A senior Human Development major at Cornell University, she has completed her required science and writing classes and looks forward to traveling this summer. But one thing stands between the 21-year-old Ms. McSweeney and her diploma: three lengths in the school´s 25-yard swimming pool. Cornell students must take the plunge in order to graduate, either by passing a swim test or enrolling in a beginner´s swim class. Ms. McSweeney, who hasn´t been in a pool much since grade school, is less than lukewarm on the tradition.
it´s racist (in case you didn´t know). But wouldn´t it be ironic if in a few years we see an obituary published for a Jessica McSweeney listing cause of death as drowning. And she´s majoring in "Human Development"? If she´d learn to swim, then she could at least get a job as a lifeguard.
In and of itself, this is a matter of no importance. But it´s emblematic of the sense of entitlement young people have been taught to have by their parents. The real answer is, "if you don´t want to play by the rules of the college, enroll at a different college." But these young people were taught they have the "right" to remake any institution into whatever they want it to be and for the institution to not acquiesce is an injustice as if this girl or Sandra Fluke (who thinks a Jesuit school should throw out whatever it believes to accommodate her) is the analog of James Meredith at Ol´Miss in 1962.
Is it necessary to know how to swim to get a college diploma? No. But it´s a requirement at some schools (like the one Miss McSweeney CHOSE to go to and was lucky enough to be admitted to).
I went to a small private university. We were on the quarter system and had to take 6 quarters (that was 2 years) of PE. It was a bit more challenging because the school had us off several quarters on career development, foreign study and senior project. Did the idea of taking so much PE thrill me? No. Did I do it? Of course, and I´m none the worse for it.
I think the college should make them learn to swim - heck, every college ought to require students to pass a swimming test. The college should also require every student to learn how to safely use firearms. Those two things might be more valuable than any other thing they learn at most colleges.
I expect a lot of daily swimmers would smile at this. Especially thinking that if you swam a mile a day for about 200 days, a likely years worth, you would have logged 200 miles that year. Over many years of daily swimming at that rate, one doesn´t have to exaggerate to be able to say they have logged a thousand miles in the water.
Seventy five yards? Piece of cake. Take it from me though, there are some folks who will never swim. No need to go into why.
She went to Cornell though, she has no excuse. One more way for a person to disregard known rules. She is probably a real good democrat. Not a good way to start her working life when she has such Karma.
During the Korean Conflict I joined the Naval Reserves so that I wouldn´t be drafted and sent to Korea.After about a year I was called to active duty and in order to graduate from Great Lakes you had to know how to swim which I couldn´t. There was another recruit who was a high school swimming champion who worked with me until I was able to pass the swimming test.What a happy day that was! For some reason, I´ve always had a fear of deep water. Luckily I was sent to NAS Jacksonville, Fl.after boot camp and never saw a ship.It would be interesting to why I have the fear of deep water even today at age 82.
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