How do we fix the problem? Some think there's an education-based solution. According to a report in USA Today, Texas Christian University kinesiology professor Deborah Rhea, blames it on cuts in school PE programs. She said PE classes are necessary as part of the curriculum. "You've got to educate them (about) why they need to be active." I agree with that premise - too much technology and not enough exercise and intramural activities. The PC-types have outlawed dodge ball, tag, touch-football, and just about anything else that requires running and agility. No wonder we have young adults who can't lift their own body weight. Not only do schools enforce zero-tolerance for guns and drugs, it seems the same applies for any activity in which the students must exert themselves. Playgrounds are an anachronism.
I don't think the solution can be found in lowering the bar any more than it already is - it's just about resting on the ground already. Having been a part of a system that tested and trained new agents, I think it's imperative that standards be maintained and met, without regard to who one may know, gender, race, or any other red herring one may want to throw into the mix. Either you pass or you fail. Simple. The requirements are plainly spelled out for all to read and comprehend before an application is completed. PT standards are not kept secret, nor are they fluid, that's why they call them standards.
I suggest we all face reality: our nation is becoming soft and weak. The reason: no backbone. The solution: don't abdicate your responsibility, either as an administrator, a cop, or an applicant for the job. Being fit may one day save your life or mine. By the way, there are many proponents who favor lowering standards and eliminating physical testing altogether - convicts - it makes their job a whole lot easier.
Stay safe, brothers and sisters!