Sunday once more, the heavens have been open all morning in the delivery of dihydrogen oxide droplets, spiced occasionally with a bit of electron flow and accompanying acoustic fireworks, and it seems a day, or at least, a morning, to keep one’s corpus warm and dry and one’s mind occupied.
In reviewing the lees of the week’s feeds I first note a bit in AL.com that the Alibam council of thieves legislature has made mandatory physical exercise for children enrolled in grades K-8. [Link] The reportage indicates that such has been mandatory for some time but this particular piece of legislation shuts off loopholes of exemption. Given my recent blot on the mental scarring caused by most coaches and teachers of physical education, [Link] I cannot help but take note of this example of legislative stupidity. At least I presume it is simple stupidity rather than the usual personal greed that motivates our elected representatives here in Alibam as I have been as yet unable to perceive how in particular they may increase their wealth by this enactment.
I understand the facade of obesity but fear, as is so often the situation with congress critters, that the end state will be the opposite of what is publicized. Given the negativity of physical educationists and its long term negative impact on the citizenry, we must consider whether such is the actual intent of this legislation? Is it the intent of these legislators to alienate the present generation further away from exercise? if so, the avaricial aspect is easily seen since the producers of junk food are the ones to profit and thus the legislators may be reaping bribes and grants and donatives from the producers of energy drinks and pork rinds.
I also forsee a further degradation of our already decrepit educational system, ravaged and consumed more by the Yankee government’s Every Child Left Behind than it could have been by the tender ministrations of William Tecumseh Sherman. If those who have difficulty with the gladiatorial games of public shul physical education, either mental or physical, are not permitted exemption from such tortures then the only recourse is either special classes or parental litigation under the terms of the Yankee government’s laws dealing with discrimination and disability. And both of these will add further economic burden to the educational system.
How deep these additional taxes will cut is impossible for the observer to estimate. While educational establishments since Sokrates have decried inadequate funding, the volume and stridency of these cries have reached such a volume as to completely drown out any perception that education is ongoing. Instead, it seems that our shuls have become fund raising charities exceeded in annoyance only by oriental religionists who used to frequent western airports. I expect any day to see members of the educationalist apparat with shaved head and orange attire – and not a jumpsuit although that might be more appropriate given the crime of how children are educated these days – stopping automobiles and demanding money or else entries on children’s permanent records.
It is scant wonder that Alibam is a third world entity if this is what we inflict upon ourselves.