For many Stacey students, the mile is a burden. Running on the uneven field while panting, out of breath is not usually somebody’s favorite thing to do. We ask ourselves is the mile necessary or how will this help me get a job in the future? These are all questions generations of students have pondered.
Many students also disagree on timing the mile. Student Marian Montez says, “They shouldn’t base a grade on something as simple as exercise. While some kids have higher stamina, others may not.”
Mr. Thorsen, one of Stacey’s three PE teachers responds to comments like this with, “We just want you to try your best.” But students are still failing to see the reasoning behind the mile.
Mr.Thorsen also says, “This is to help you become a better and healthier person overall.” Still worse, students that had makeups last trimester and did the mile over twelve minutes were later marked down as missing even if it was seconds over the expected time.
Shouldn’t they just get credit for doing it in the first place? Or should students feel bad about themselves for not getting the ideal mile time?