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A Swim Test of the Past?

Did I congratulate the College prematurely on holding fast with the swim test? A reader writes in:

I assume you know that Dartmouth is very close to getting rid of this requirement. Look for its elimination next year. The Committee on Instruction has already voted to eliminate it, so now it goes to the next steps. Not sure exactly what those are.

At Dartmouth the requirement has become so vacuous (a lot of students are exempted and the test does not require a depth over one’s head anyways) that this makes sense. A requirement without any standards isn’t really a requirement. So get rid of it and save a bunch of time for staff and students, or make it an actual requirement. Other than tradition, which is important, I’m not convinced that there is an argument for it.

Why am I not surprised?

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

While I was a student, I remember an alum telling me that Dartmouth grads had three things in common: they had read “Paradise Lost”; they could tap a keg; and they could swim 50 yards. It looks like the last of the three is gone.


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