All of the PE classes at my university have been swimming for the past few weeks and many students seem to be traumatized from the experience. Out of my almost 200 English majors only four already knew how to swim. The end goal is to have everyone pass a 5 meter swim test, but I don’t understand how the school expects one teacher to teach classes of 100+ terrified students how to swim in only five sessions. The pool is pretty big, but you can only stand up in one end so everyone just huddles together, though you can see in this picture that for the most part the boys are all on the left and the girls are all on the right. However, the girls are probably most traumatized by the cleanliness of the water because students keep getting sick. They’ve told me that the neighborhood children throw trash in the water for fun and sometimes boys will take showers in the pool after playing basketball.

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