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Year One Aquatic Return Sparks Controversial Uproar – Inklings News

Freshman Aquatics is a required course that is controversial from a number of angles. While swimming offers physical benefits and can teach valuable life skills, it can also cause body image and confidence issues.

Physical education and health classes are required for freshmen. Each quarter newcomer participates in a different one physical education: Health, mind and body, team activities and water sports. In these classes, students engage in new activities that serve different purposes. While the majority of students don’t mind the other physical education classes, water sports seem to cause the most controversy.

According to the Staples High School homepage, The health and physical education program is dedicated to the lifelong goal of fitness and health. Our goal as a department is for students to become proficient and proficient in all activities they want to engage in during high school and beyond.”

Swimming is an important life skill that benefits health and fitness. It is an exercise that improves endurance, muscles, and the cardiovascular system without putting too much stress on a person’s joints.

Although water sports classes offer students an opportunity to improve an important skill, many students feel uncomfortable in a swimsuit around their classmates, which can lead to negative body image and self-esteem. ”

— Poppy Harrington ’25

“Since I started working for water sports, I’ve seen a lot of kids not being comfortable going in the water at all,” said Danillo Sierra-Giraldo, lifeguard for Staples. “I think it’s a good way to challenge yourself and get better at swimming because everyone has to know how to swim.”

Although water sports classes offer students an opportunity to improve an important skill, many students feel uncomfortable in a swimsuit around their classmates, which can lead to negative body image and self-esteem.

According to Sacred Heart’s Athletics and Wellness Center, “Female swimmers in particular struggle from an early age, which can lead to serious lifelong problems, such as: bad body image and eating disorders. The challenges only increase when you master these complexities in swimsuits.”

Some students argue that the classes are irrelevant because the aquatics course teaches fundamental skills that most freshmen already know.

“I didn’t enjoy swimming lessons because I felt like it was basic swimming material that everyone already knew, and after that I’d have to walk around school with wet hair,” Abby Epstein ’25 said.

Another disadvantage is that students have limited time to get ready, resulting in delays for the next lesson.

“Students were told they were guaranteed at least 12 minutes to shower each day, but throughout the course I realized that if we were lucky, we had five minutes,” said Emerson Dodge ’25.

Regardless, Aquatics seems here to stay at Staples High School, despite the constant debate it sparks about its merits and demerits

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