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Old 08-05-2009, 09:00 AM
 
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As an educator, I am shocked that teachers in academic areas are being fired/laid off instead of halting sports activities in schools, especially middle schools. Schools are primarily for education in the areas of academics. Physical exercise and activities can be done at home in playgrounds. Until the U.S. gets its priorities properly aligned, we will never be a nation know for having great public (government) schools. For those that think that sports is important for teaching kids to be competitive, I have a suggestion. Why don't we have academic challenges between competitive school teams in area schools? They do this in the U.K. and other European countries. Soccer is generally a extracurricular activity. Students can live without football teams and uniforms until the economy or state budget allows continuation. They can't live without science, math, and other vital academics.

If students wish to continue sports programs, they should get out and wash cars, have bake sales, and do make money that has the potential to keep the sports programs alive without taking academic instructors away. I'm thinking that the members of the Charlotte/Mecklenburg school board are pretty inept.
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:14 AM
 
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Vindaloo, I completely agree with you. (are you shocked? ) In fact, this is a drum that I have been beating for awhile. (I have a blog on a similar subject). I was just reading an article on CNN In China, DNA tests on kids ID genetic gifts, careers - CNN.com
talking about how they are trying to determine a child's giftedness at a very early age so that they can prepare him for educational greatness.

Now, this might be extreme, but, the point is...this is our competition. This is what we as a country are competing against. If the Chinese perfect this, then, you know that other countries will follow suit and the US will lag even more. This is a very serious issue that not only Charlotte, but, the country as a whole needs to wake up and address.
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:25 AM
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As an educator, I am shocked that teachers in academic areas are being fired/laid off instead of halting sports activities in schools, especially middle schools. Schools are primarily for education in the areas of academics. Physical exercise and activities can be done at home in playgrounds. Until the U.S. gets its priorities properly aligned, we will never be a nation know for having great public (government) schools. For those that think that sports is important for teaching kids to be competitive, I have a suggestion. Why don't we have academic challenges between competitive school teams in area schools? They do this in the U.K. and other European countries. Soccer is generally a extracurricular activity. Students can live without football teams and uniforms until the economy or state budget allows continuation. They can't live without science, math, and other vital academics.

If students wish to continue sports programs, they should get out and wash cars, have bake sales, and do make money that has the potential to keep the sports programs alive without taking academic instructors away. I'm thinking that the members of the Charlotte/Mecklenburg school board are pretty inept.
vindaloo - I so agree! We are falling farther and farther behind in our educational rankings with the rest of the industrial world. Teachers being sacrificed for sports is a sad commentary on our educational values. Few people who are successful in sports will ever make it into the "professional arena". Too many parents would rather have their kid have a .440 batting average than a 2400 in the SAT test. Maybe they ought to replace "Big Brother" with the "old GE College Bowl". However, I won't be holding my breath for that one!!!

Once this economic crisis is over, perhaps some thought could be given to replacing the conventional gym programs with ones that teach proper nutrition and exercise, so that our increasingly "overweight school population" could be "fit enough" to actually play sports... "afterschool"!
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:53 AM
 
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Vindaloo, I completely agree with you. (are you shocked? ) In fact, this is a drum that I have been beating for awhile. (I have a blog on a similar subject). I was just reading an article on CNN In China, DNA tests on kids ID genetic gifts, careers - CNN.com
talking about how they are trying to determine a child's giftedness at a very early age so that they can prepare him for educational greatness.

Now, this might be extreme, but, the point is...this is our competition. This is what we as a country are competing against. If the Chinese perfect this, then, you know that other countries will follow suit and the US will lag even more. This is a very serious issue that not only Charlotte, but, the country as a whole needs to wake up and address.
No Chicagocubs I am not surprised. I agreed with you last week about something Along with what you said, I am glad to see that some schools are pushing the Chinese language instead of Spanish. Seems that the future will be more dependent on China. Hopefully we will become economic partners with them. As far as determining a child's giftedness at an early age, I think it is a great idea. But, we could never use such a system in the U.S. to enhance a childs education and seek intellects as it would likely turn out to be way too politically incorrect and/or racial.
We have to make everyone feel good you know
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Old 08-05-2009, 10:00 AM
 
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Vindaloo, I completely agree with you. (are you shocked? ) In fact, this is a drum that I have been beating for awhile. (I have a blog on a similar subject). I was just reading an article on CNN In China, DNA tests on kids ID genetic gifts, careers - CNN.com
talking about how they are trying to determine a child's giftedness at a very early age so that they can prepare him for educational greatness.

Now, this might be extreme, but, the point is...this is our competition. This is what we as a country are competing against. If the Chinese perfect this, then, you know that other countries will follow suit and the US will lag even more. This is a very serious issue that not only Charlotte, but, the country as a whole needs to wake up and address.
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vindaloo - I so agree! We are falling farther
Once this economic crisis is over, perhaps some thought could be given to replacing the conventional gym programs with ones that teach proper nutrition and exercise, so that our increasingly "overweight school population" could be "fit enough" to actually play sports... "afterschool"!
It is unfortunate that parents don't set examples for children in so many cases. No mater what the classroom instructor does as far as ensuring that students get exercise, if the go home and consume 10K calories a day, they will still get fat. On the bright side, I just traveled in several Mediterranean countries and found that the population in practically all countries has tons of fattys. It is no longer just an American problem. Evena the British army is having problems with obesity in the ranks. The world has changed over the past 20 years. I guess the world can thank McDonalds and the Colonel. And, nutrician isn't taught in school to the degree it was when I was a student. My mom would kick me out of the house after getting home from school and expected me to stay outand play (get exercise) until dinner was served after which I showered and did my homework.
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Old 08-05-2009, 10:14 AM
 
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Testing DNA is just one step from genetic engineering, which freaks most folks out, LOL!!! (Ever watch GATTACA? Love that movie!!! On my favorites list.) The Chinese are gonna end up as the Master Race, tho, as they don't hesitate to abort, either. And you all are right - these are the folks our children in the not-so-distant future will be competing with.

I whole-heartedly agree that sports programs should be outside the school budget. This would mean building facilities for such activities would not be funded under the school budget, either. It should be up to municipalities in conjunction with private organizations to build facilities, and could be done in concert w/ the parks system.

The emphasis in schools should be academics. In addition, there is nothing wrong w/ having PE, but perhaps in a new form - Tai Chi and Yoga as well as good old fashioned calisthenics. Get kids moving again.

In addition, CMS schools should be within easy traverse from homes. Stop this ridiculous busing all over the county. Keep schools in the communities they serve. Any use of buses should be through private services and the parents have to pay to use them (which is what many other states do). That would cut out a bunch of overhead right there - privatize bus service.

Encourage volunteerism at the neighborhood level. Parents should be helping out in the classrooms and not only that - helping in the HALLS and GROUNDS to oversee that drugs and weapons are not on the premises.

We need to get education back to the grassroots levels. There are churches who could also open their doors to after-school study halls, if parents would volunteer time to help kids with homework.

We must get innovative in this country. We have folks out of work and many are parents. Why aren't we asking these parents to put in some time at their kids' schools while they are out of work?

Until we put the emphasis back on academics and get more support from parents to help ensure that kids are successful . . . our education system is going to continue its abysmal slide into mediocrity, IMHO.
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Old 08-05-2009, 05:09 PM
 
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Cool what a shame

it is a great shame that the parents who don't care about education never read these messages.
Then again, they wouldn't care!!!!


My child is not going to be a pro-athlete nor does she want to be.
She wants a good education and be able to attend the college of her choice.
For that, she knows hard work is necessary.
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