Sports bad, video games good

The state of West Virginia is putting a Dance Dance Revolution game in every public school in order to stem the tide of childhood obesity:

The state, which plans to put the popular dancing video game in every one of its public schools, said on Wednesday research suggested that it helped put a halt to weight gain. Preliminary results from a 24-week study of 50 overweight or obese children, aged 7 to 12, showed that those who played the game at home for at least 30 minutes five days per week maintained their weight and saw a reduction in some risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.

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WHAT???DDR

Now don’t get me wrong, I love video games. Big fan. Big supporter. Not only do I love video games but I also happen to love DDR. I think it’s good fun, and admitedly a pretty good workout. But the video games aren’t even the issue here. It’s the schools that have a major problem.

Maybe I’m just being an old fogie, or maybe I just don’t understand, but to me people are sending kids mixed messages. For instance, there are quite a few schools across the country who are banning such classic games as dodge ball, touch football, red rover, and in some places even tag (yeah you heard me….tag), while at the same time crying foul against the soft drink, snack, and fast food industries for unscrupulously targeting young kids and causing a huge rise in child obesity.

So let me get this straight. First let’s ban activities that involve running, jumping, and any possible physical contact with other kids because someone might get hurt and sue, or some kid might get their feelings hurt in some way shape or form.

Then, let’s tell everyone that the kids today are too fat and that it’s the fault of sugary foods.

THEN, let’s look like a hero by spending a TON of money (that could otherwise be used to better pay teachers, purchase new books, computers, etc.) to install a bunch of those “video games” that the tech-savy young people today seem to be so fond of. But the game will require them to jump and dance around (one at a time!), thus “tricking” them into exercising.

Huh? Does this make sense to anyone else?

Honestly. What a bunch of fuck-twits! (pardon my language)

Hey Aristotle, here’s brainstorm for ya. There’s a great invention out there that you can use to get kids to exercise and run and dance around AND it’s totally free.

It’s called RECESS!

Though that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong…

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2 thoughts on “Sports bad, video games good

  1. Well, it says “Dad rants” on the tin!
    There’s an amusing little twist to this in those people who’ve managed to acquire sports injuries through over-playing Wii (I posted about it a little while back http://relaxedparents.com/2006/11/26/a-wii-bit-of-exercise/). A problem with any number of UK inner-city schools is the amount of their original playgrounds and sports fields that have sold off by local councils. But that’s another nasty story.

  2. I am a school teacher in Western North Carolina and I couldn’t agree with you more about how the schools spend to much money on things that could be done at no cost at all. I also thank you for giving your support to us teachers!

    This is Mel and Chris’s sister-in-law.

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