Letters to the Editor

Valuable outing

January 22, 2010


To the editor:

In response to Sean Smith’s letter on the school district’s field trip to a Kansas University women’s game being a waste of time, I’d like to use some of his own arguments to point out the other side of the coin:

  1. State testing is right around the corner. I work full time in two different elementary schools in the district. I see every day how hard the kids (and staff) work to better test scores. The nonstop testing schedule is the perfect reason to give the kids a break from the classroom. With the field trip budget cut to the bone, who wouldn’t take advantage of the generous opportunity KU afforded the district?

  2. You already take your kids to numerous KU events. Many kids in this town do not have that opportunity for a variety of reasons. The sense of community that is felt by going to a game and rooting for the Jayhawks is invaluable to some kids. I would also add to this that in a town that is consumed with our men’s team — and rightly so — this game helps to empower our girls showcasing the women athletes competing with a house full of cheering fans.

  3. Curtailing academic time for this sporting event. Teachers take every opportunity to teach their students. Just because they are not in a classroom doesn’t mean that learning did not take place. I think we do have our priorities straight, producing well-rounded, socially adept, happy individuals that can connect and respond to all kinds of positive things.


Paul R Getto 8 years, 2 months ago

NER: I agree. Learning takes many forms, and the tests measure but a small part of what teachers do every day for children.

mom44 8 years, 2 months ago

Well, I guess the "hot button" from Sean's letter was "Testing" ... wish he had left that out, as many people got hooked on that and missed the main point.

NO, I don't believe that learning takes place only in the classroom. But there was NO followup, NO connection to the classroom made for what could have and should have/ or at least MIGHT have been a rich learning opportunity.

Can anyone explain to me that the hour plus of watching the movie "Space Jam" while waiting for the bus was educational? Could there have been some discussion of perhaps the history of basketball, maybe something about fitness, health, or the physics of the game? Yikes.

As far as "giving kids a little time off" from the stress of school, for goodness sakes, weren't 2 weeks for the holidays, plus 2 snow days, PLUS MLK holiday ample?

Again maybe it's not the actual outing I'm opposed to, maybe it is the MISSED opportunities for some sort of engagement of the students that I resent......

seth5792 8 years, 1 month ago

One day off from school will not keep your kid from winning the nobel peace prize.

Personally taking the day off and spending the day with my two daughters and their friends at the game was a blast. Wish I could do it more often

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