Putin calls for revival of Soviet-era physical fitness tests for all schoolchildren

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Vladimir Putin calls for revival of Soviet-era physical fitness tests

The Telegraph

March 13, 2013

Putin, a judo enthusiast and a regular swimmer, said that the restoration of GTO, the Russian acronym for Ready for Labor and Defense, would teach children to "to stand up for themselves, their family and, in the final run, the Fatherland."

GTO, which was introduced in 1931 under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's rule, required all school and university students to regularly pass physical training tests. Those managing to qualify would receive silver- or gold-colored badges.

In its early years, the GTO program focused heavily on tests intended to make children ready for Red Army service. The programme gradually lost its scope and prestige over the years and ceased to exist with the 1991 Soviet collapse. Since then, schools largely have been left on their own regarding physical education.

Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told a government meeting chaired by Putin that his agency would work to introduce the physical training standards nationwide by 2016.

Putin said that Russia needs to pay more attention to physical training because it lags behind other countries. He said that Russian children now are in "significantly worse" physical shape compared to a few decades ago.

He said that the physical training standards must be flexible. "They shouldn't be too high to avoid driving people into a heart attack," he said, according to Russian news agencies.

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Niccolo and Donkey

I remember doing lots of push ups, sprints and other stuff as a kid. That plus a ton of floor hockey.

This no longer happens in NA?

Niccolo and Donkey
I think that there is an active lobby set up by girls and that one kid who always struck out playing kickball with that huge dodgeball that cannot possibly be missed to stop kids from getting this exercise.
President Camacho
Modern gym teachers like to promote ad hoc games (we had one guy who made us play something called "Steal The Bacon") which require little ability or talent and can be played in cafeterias, or games that "everyone" has a chance to be successful in, such as kickball, at the expense of more rigiorous activities.

In 8th grade I remember the entire second half of the year, I had to go down and sit in the principal's office every time the rest of the class went to gym, because during a kickball game I yelled that the rest of the infield should "move in" when this disgusting weak gangly girl came up to kick. When she then whiffed on the ball, I almost fell down laughing and that was the last straw for the whore teacher, who made a special arrangement with the principal to punish me.
Camacho is Corey Feldman IRL.
No. The kids are all coddled now. Also: parents now yell at teachers instead of their own kids.
Cadavre Exquis
The problem with the modern Western approach to well-being is that it is founded on the idea of physical education ( or even worse, dieting) as the way to achieve overall health. The Soviets Union, and probably to the same extent Nazi Germany, focused on physical culture (PE classes are still referred to in Russian as физкультура - physkultura). This was one thing the Soviets did right.

From a young age all children were 1) educated in the proper ways of maintain vigorous physicality, 2) driven to compete against one another, and 3) expected to actively participate in this culture as an expression of national devotion and self-sacrifice. The vital third element is almost non-existent in Western society.

The SU and Third Reich were essentially martial and not managerial states. Kids in my parents' generation learned how to jump off 10 metre platforms and field strip an AK-47. I hope this programme succeeds, but that world is now gone.