Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Greece students complaining of having to change for gym class have no idea what their grandfathers endured. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. The lengths to which Greece schools have gone to spare teenage students the anxiety of changing clothes for gym class has men of a certain generation shaking their heads. No running on the deck. No horseplay. No diving in the shallow end. Take a shower before swimming. Swim naked.
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Apparently, in , as part of a freshman requirement for the city college he attended, all male students took a swim class at the YMCA. He remembers the instructor telling them something about it being more sanitary that way. Was his swim teacher some pervy old dude? Or was this requirement legit? And if it was, why?
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As part of the weekend events we were given a tour of our high school to see what had changed and what remained the same. Yet this was the practice. Boys swam naked in the YMCAs and in school physical education classes from the time pools were first installed in these institutions in the late 19th century until the s.
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