Kellysfordman · April 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm
Well said and with thesis ability, and I read your entire commentary with scrutiny. As a career science teacher in Virginia, I feel debate without berating is one of the greatest lessons that schools can teach anyone. Your emphasis about continuity of skills on a daily basis is true in many of the the mentioned disciplines.
Developing the physical body, with structured exercise should not be
compromised for any age, and especialy the adolescent one. Obesity has to be attacked in our schools and at home, and with added sedentary (meaning in a seat to me) time is not worth the cost to the physical development.
I see a national concern over the educational programs to not have less of that part of the overall experience, but just the opposite. Fauquier cut middle school sports and cheering last year, and now time in physical education and music to offer more academic requirements. Foundations are the basis for any student. We need to teach those better.
Cheering, competing, teamwork, performances, concerts are universal languages. Please allow the greatness of this school system not be one where we are decreasing the student's opportunities that I know my two children and obviously Katherine Elgin experienced. All kids are gifted, if given the opportunity.
With malice to none, and best wishes
to the Education team in Fauquier County.
James G. Flanagan
in beautiful southern Fauquier County