Talking Points

January 23, 2007

Equal Cheer for Boys and Girls Draws Some Boos.

Filed under: Talking Points memo — talkingpoints @ 3:32 pm

Imagine this:  Your’re at a high school girls basketball game and you realize there are no cheerleaders present.  What do you do?  You file a lawsuit of course – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

Rosie Pudish, who’s daughter played for Johnson City High School in New York, filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education.  Her argument was that the lack of cheerleaders violated Title 9.  And the law enforcing gender inequality in school sports.

Ms. Pudish, an accountant with the Federal Government, wined “it send the wrong message that girls are second class athletes, and don’t respect the schools spirit.  They are just little girls playing sily games and the real athletes are the boys.”

Of course the education bureaucrats quivered in their shorts and promptly issued a ruling:  Cheerleaders must cheer at both girls and boys games; like it or not.  And most of them don’t like it.

At one New York High School, over half of the 30 girls who singed up for the cheerleading squad, quit!  When they were told they would be cheering for girls too.

Fast forward to results.

Dozens of schools have stopped sending their cheerleaders to away games so they can meet their cheerleading mandate at girls and boy games.

In California, a group of phys-ed teachers are demanding that cheerleaders attend girls and boys games in the same number, with equal enthusiasm.

I never knew you could measure enthusiasm – but I guess some cheerleaders can fake it.

Final score:  1 for diversity.  1 for offended basketball moms, and commonsense fowled out again in the public school system.

And that’s the memo.

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