April 15th, 2004

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04:13 pm - 1KWFFH: on the right to engage in extracurricular sporting activity.

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1KWFFH: on the right to engage in extracurricular sporting activity. - graffiti.maverick — LiveJournal

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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 15th, 2004 - 09:25 pm (Link)
I'm not really differentiating being cut from not making the team. But yes, I would think that being a cheerleader should require a certain amount of acrobatic ability and athletic skill. The fact that she can't do it because she can't walk does not make her more qualified to be on the team than the girl who can't do it because she's too clumsy or whatever. So yeah, I am inclined to agree. Its sad that she can't walk, but that shouldn't give her a token free pass. This isn't the same as discriminating against a black student who might be just as capable of doing the routines as the white student. Similarly, I think its reasonable to cut an overweght student on the grounds that the other squad members can't reasonably throw her up in the air, if such was a requirement of cheerleading.

In college, there was a student in one of my creative writing classes. He spoke english as a second language, and not very well. Not horribly, but clearly with some problems. Several members of the class got upset with me for criticizing the grammar in his stories since it was "very good, considering he didn't speak the language very well" but I felt that, though it sucks that he doesn't speak english well, that shouldn't relax our judgement of his english in an english class. I would have felt the same way about a student who had a severe learning disability, or one that simply sucked at writing. I think this is the same issue.

Yeah, I think we're more or less on the same page.

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