Should Running Be Introduced As A Form Of Punishment In UK Schools?
A friend sent me this article about Brendan Foster’s response to the UK government introducing running as a form of punishment in schools.
I thought I’d use tonight’s post to highlight why this is a really fucking bad idea.
I hated running as a school boy.
I was always being made to run laps around the pitch in games as I was fucking terrible at Rugby which was the game our school played.
I was tall and fat enough to be a forward which meant I was always put in the scrum. I didn’t enjoy sticking my head in between other men’s legs. I’m fully supportive of that lifestyle, but I wasn’t really Fabulous enough to get my kicks from it.
I’d show my disdain by staying as far away from the ball as possible whilst standing around to conserve energy (I’ve always been efficient if nothing else).
Whenever a teacher caught me slacking off I’d be made to run laps of the pitch which I hated only slightly less than Rugby.
From this I associated running with pain and punishment.
We did some cross country in school too, but again it wasn’t something I enjoyed as I was unfit and was always racing boys who were quite athletic.
I’d only get competitive with the other kids who hated running. It was a race to see who could achieve second last place!
Teachers aren’t to blame.
I kinda sympathise with sports teachers though as they don’t have much time allocated to them to get kids to enjoy running.
With the little time they have they need to work in intensive sessions and naturally those are gonna be quite painful.
The sad thing is, I don’t think there’s an answer to this.
Schools couldn’t waste 3 hours letting kids plod through the countryside to try to introduce running as a fun way to relax.
Personally I just had no interest in running at the time and there’s nothing anyone could have done to have persuaded me otherwise.
Punishing me with more running would have only made me hate running more.
A suggestion to Michael Gove and the Conservative coalition.
If Michael Gove and his conservative friends are so interested in promoting “traditional family values” he should introduce on the spot Rugby games as a deterrent from the big gay lifestyle and leave running alone.
It would have scared me straight and I wouldn’t have experimented with mascara and David Bowie LPs as a teenager.