My kids started a new school for 4th grade in Sept. They hate the gym teacher. She gave them a 26 word list called the football alphabet. Letters A -Z on football of words and definitions. All the parents are like, what the f*ck?!!! Everyone has told their kids not to bother with it b/c they have so much other work and outside activities as well. She said it is going to be a big part of their grade! Now, I have been extremely happy w/ the school except for this. With childhood obesity rates soaring I think kid's gym class should be about getting the kids into loving activity, not hating the thought of it. My dad has a PHD in health and physical ed and was a college professor for 35 years. He has written books for Consumer Reports about physical fitness and is a renown authority. He thinks it's absurd. I actually called the principal about it and he tried to defend it, although he even admitted he would hate a test like that in 4th grade. It really makes no sense to me. I asked, is she testing their memorization skills or their athletic ability? Their memorization skills are well-tested in the classroom and shouldn't be in the gym in my opinion. UGH!