Mens insana in corpore sano?

A Chicago TV station reports that at Oral Roberts U in Tulsa, freshpeeps are now required to wear Fitbits — those little devices that monitor activity levels, heart rates, and such. The school will collect the data, and the results will reportedly affect students’ grades.

Of course, ORU is a private institution, and may conduct its educational business as it sees fit. Still, this seems both remarkably intrusive and academically unsound. I’m envisioning grading sessions where profs say, “Well, there’s no visible thesis here, but his heart rate rose dramatically and he got his 10,000 steps in. B+.”

And as a professor, I really hope the rule isn’t applied to faculty and staff. I know I wouldn’t want to grade on a treadmill.

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Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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2 Responses to Mens insana in corpore sano?

  1. Alaska Jack says:

    As one who spent several years in the general geographic vicinity of the ORU facilities and said organization’s social reach, I can say that news of this nature fails to surprise on several levels. Even discounting (or outright ignoring) the antics of the school’s founder aside, the institution’s history is replete with various public relations fiascos such as the mid-1980s dustup regarding the school’s refusal to provide accessible facilities for the physically handicapped. The justification given at the time was that as according to scripture–and thus church doctrine–man was made in God’s image, the handicapped were “ungodly” and thus to be shunned, since the Almighty would never allow an imperfect representation of His creation in the world, and as such those who didn’t “measure up” were unworthy to attend the school. While my libertarian streak takes no issue with a private organization’s stand on its own membership rules or requirements, I *do* find the degree of outright hypocrisy evidenced by the administration and the cognitive dissonance of said organization’s followers in situations like this to be nothing short of amazing.

    Although in this particular case I’m more surprised at the institution involved rather than the policy–the (arguably public) forced adherance to a lifestyle-based code of conduct seems more approriate for Provo than Tulsa…

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