Apparently my state has fitness standards... One of which is a mile run. I mentioned this a few weeks (month?) ago. I had emailed Pat's teacher, trying to figure out how they could test him on his abilities. I can understand how they could test him on his attempts, but... Fact is, some kids just can't do some things while others can. The teacher did mention if she was doing her job, we should see improvement. Fine. I want her fired for not doing her job. Because my kid - who, by the way, has coordination problems - got a 50% on his mile run last quarter and a 25% this quarter. I find it hard to believe he isn't trying - because he has 100% in every other fitness test. So that tells me he IS making the attempt. Plus, the kid has walked home from school at least a dozen times this school year - five miles, in under two hours each time. If my job had a fitness standard and I had to run a mile... I'd be unemployed. I've never in my life been able to run a mile. I know we have an "obesity epidemic". But I don't think fitness standards are the answer.