The New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer wrote that city schools have abandoned teaching swimming to young people, sometimes with dire consequences. He wrote:
"The school system, with some exceptions, has given up on swimming education; a few high schools require students to pass a swimming test or to take lessons, but, unlike proper use of condoms, it is not part of the curriculum required by the city. There are 50 pools inside the public schools, and 37 are in use. Students who are looking for summer employment will seek out lifeguard certification classes, though, in truth, they would be strong swimmers to begin with, probably least in need of the basic lessons that allow young people to be safe in the water."
Do you have memories of being taught swimming in the NYC public schools? Should the practice be revived? How would that work, given the busy school calendar? Is this the cure for childhood obesity? Share your memories, suggestions, opinions here.