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February 16, 2006

Get 'em while they're young!: Start teaching them in middle-school what sports are really all about these days. No wonder many athletes come into pro sports already thinking the world revolves around money. Except in this case they're paying NOT to join in.

posted by commander cody to general at 07:07 PM - 19 comments

That's the kind of innovative fund-raising that America's public schools need more of.

posted by Amateur at 07:54 PM on February 16

The guy's got a pretty-good entreprenuerial mind. maybe he's on to something. allow kids to pay their way out of P.E. a max of one day a week and donate the money to the school's athletic fund or put it towards registration fees and equipment for kids who can't afford to play organized sports

posted by erkno11 at 08:20 PM on February 16

This is a microcosm of the causes of the obesity epidemic in the West. If you have money, you get fat, unhealthy and die. Skipping PE classes does you no good. We had compulsory learn to swim in my primary and high schools, and you couldn't do other sports until you could crawl a length (at any speed). I would think that this program, in all our state schools, has probably saved hundreds of lives.

posted by owlhouse at 09:08 PM on February 16

lol, dont be stupid. He taught PE?? lol wow. Why would u pay to skip PE??? i understand history or science, but PE??? lmao... That guy is a genius, and yea, a great way to raise money for children that do want to play.

posted by zenemi at 09:24 PM on February 16

Braxton does not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment Thursday. Geez, what was he spending the cake on?

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:26 PM on February 16

Geez, what was he spending the cake on? The extra money it takes to have an 'unlisted' number, it seems.

posted by justgary at 10:01 PM on February 16

Makes me wish I had him as my old PE teacher. Instead I just had to get and stay healthy....until the end of school anyway. I wonder if I bought my way out of PE if I would have survived Basic Training?

posted by commander cody at 10:10 PM on February 16

Good capitalism--supply and demand. There was apparently a large enough demand to sit out his PE class. He supplied the solution for a price.

posted by roberts at 05:14 AM on February 17

As a native Floridian, all I can say is, thanks, guys, you've made me proud of the ol' home state yet again. How much you wanna bet the kids who were paying to get out of P.E. are the ones who probably needed it the most?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:59 AM on February 17

Why would u pay to skip PE? For some kids, gym class was the worst class on their schedule. Imagine being very smart, but very weak as well. Now imagine all the big, dumb, athletic kids getting an opportunity to pick on you on the field or in the change room before/after class. If they felt like the smart kid was "showing them up" during math class, now was their chance to get "payback". I know quite a few of my (non-obese) high school friends that would have gladly paid to avoid gym class during grade 9 (the only year it was compulsory for our school district/year).

posted by grum@work at 08:31 AM on February 17

For some kids, gym class was the worst class on their schedule. Amen to that. As much as I loved P.E. there were kids that would have paid more than a dollar to skip it. On another note, I live in this area. Gotta represent.

posted by justgary at 08:35 AM on February 17

Hell no I woudn't pay. It's alot more fun to cut class and see if they I can catch you. I had to do that alot my freshman year of high school. I just never knew where the ass whuppin was comin from. Eventually I learned to play baseball and the ass whuppins stopped.

posted by njsk8r20 at 09:28 AM on February 17

On another note, I live in this area. Gotta represent. Northwest Florida in the house! Fort Walton Beach, keepin' it real! Of course, I live in Indiana now, so I don't know just how real I'm keepin' it.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:54 AM on February 17

TBH -- I was just about to ask you the best way to find a home rental for my vacation in the Panhandle. But, Indiana won't really help. I grew up in Florida and would have paid to skip P.E. Who wants to get all nasty and sweaty and then have to use those gross showers and only have 10-15 minutes in which to get ready?

posted by bperk at 10:03 AM on February 17

The extra money it takes to have an 'unlisted' number, it seems. It doesn't say he has an unlisted phone number. It says his number isn't listed, which could very likely mean he doesn't have a phone at all. Of course, it's Alabama, so he may have a couple of Ro-tel cans and a REALLY long string.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:50 AM on February 17

It doesn't say he has an unlisted phone number. It says his number isn't listed, which could very likely mean he doesn't have a phone at all. Of course, it's Alabama, so he may have a couple of Ro-tel cans and a REALLY long string. Come on fraz. Plenty of people don't list their numbers. Round here, no listed number doesn't mean he had no phone. But then agin you ain't from these partz. (and we gotz the internets too!) (and he may have just had a cell phone. I did that for years)

posted by justgary at 11:10 AM on February 17

I agree with njsk8r20, paying to skip class? Completely unAmerican. Either tell them to F.O. and blow it off proper, or, in the true spirit of America, go to class and crush the teachers spirit, (if it hasn't already), by continously doing such a completely half-ass job that you win! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! You can't make me do what I do not want to you bloody facists!

posted by RedStrike at 12:16 PM on February 17

Gym class is manditory all through out high school in New York state and if you ditch out too much they fail you and you have to go to summer school. Summer school for fucking gym class. I personally always enjoyed PE, we used to play a game called Pickle Ball (joke away) which was basically badmitton with a wiffel bal and those rackets they use to play raquet ball. Does that raquet have a name or is it just called a raquet ball racket.

posted by HATER 187 at 01:21 PM on February 17

I used to enjoy getting away with skipping PE since it was always right before lunch any way, but then I made the football team (ok, ok, so it was 3rd string) which meant I didn't have to go to PE at all if I didn't want to. Took all of the fun out of dodging the class!

posted by commander cody at 01:54 PM on February 17

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