Some Grade Schools Now Teaching Skateboarding

Dude, for some grade-school kids in Minnesota, gym class is about to get a lot more, uh, gnarly (is that a word the kids still use?). That’s because Hayes Elementary School in the town of Fridley has added skateboarding to its P.E. curriculum. Yet another reason that I was born 20 years too soon.

skateboarding kid

(”But mom, this IS my homework!”)

When I was in grade school, we had an entire unit on square dancing in P.E. class. Which was not only completely outdated then (and this was like 1985), but also was an emotional nightmare because the teacher let the boys pick which girl we wanted to dance with — meaning that the cute girls were immediately surrounded by all the guys (there was lots of shoving and yelling) while the rest of the girls had their self-esteem shattered in ways from which they probably still haven’t fully recovered.

Skateboarding is a much better idea (although, unfortunately I was better at square dancing than I’ve ever been at skateboarding). And it’s sort of an “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” mentality that prompted the idea.

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