We call this position “Hanging Curve Over the Heart of the Plate”
Michelle Malkin (vaguely non-white woman-child, raving lunatic, child stalker…that Michelle Malkin) seems to have a thing about schools offering Yoga instruction, in many cases in lieu of PE which has been dropped as a requirement at woefully too many schools. But like so many topics that catch her shiny-object attention span she only has two speeds: benign neglect or Red Bull-fueled ragegasm. Guess which one?
Yoga classes are now a requirement for Needham high -school seniors. To further ease the supposed burden on overworked students, Richards has â€œasked teachers to schedule homework-free weekends and holidays.â€ Just what we need to turn around those one in ten schools that are now considered â€œdropout factories,â€ huh? Canâ€™t cut it in the classroom? Bend like a bridge, take five deep, slow breaths, and all will be dandy.
Why stop at yoga? Tantric chanting, here we come. And, hey, Kabbalah has done wonders for Madonna. Letâ€™s add hypnotism and acupuncture classes while weâ€™re at it. Hot stone massages? Bonsai tree-clipping? No Relaxation Technique Left Behind!
Actually Michelle might want to try that “bend like a bridge, take five deep, slow breaths” sometime. It certainly couldn’t hurt. But then…but then, Michelle goes a bridge too far:
â€œA lot of these kids,â€ lectures Principal Richards, â€œare being held hostage to the culture.â€ No kidding. When the New York Times invited one of Richardsâ€™s students to recommend stress-reduction techniques, he ended with this suggestion:
â€œWatch a short clip on YouTube (as long as you are not addicted). The amazing and often funny feats on the site are inspiring and often leave you feeling, â€˜Hey I want to do that!â€™ This is a great attitude to have towards your work.â€
Watch feats of stupidity on YouTube.(tb: her emphasis) Yeah, thatâ€™ll do wonders for American student achievement.
Sorry, but I have to do it. I just have to…
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We have liftoff…sort of:
That may not do much for student achievement, but a whole lot of teenaged girls probably have much better feelings about their self-image after watching it.