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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.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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