2008_11_skatepack.jpgSome towns outlaw skateboarding in order to curb public disorder among its teenagers. In New York, we allow them to get school credit for it. The Times has a feature about the new Phys Ed elective being taught at the East Side Community High School in the East Village. The skateboarding class is taught by Billy Rohan, professional skateboarder and head of the skate park development nonprofit Open Road. But since he's not a certified teacher, Rohan has to be accompanied by the assistant principal (bummer!). Skateboarding is one of several eclectic options now being offered by NYC schools among others such as yoga and capoeira, a Brazilian martial art. Nine weeks into the term, students in the class are already being taught to ollie.