Sports, music and arts were a big part of my life in school, and here is the big reveal — I was a benchwarmer in two out of the three sports seasons.
That's right, during the soccer and basketball seasons, I just sat there, cheered on my team, and actually enjoyed almost every minute of it. And I was a darn good baseball player.
I also was a member of the school chorus, jazz band and regular band, as well as a member of the drama club and public speaking teams.
There is no way I would have been able to do everything I was able to do in school if I (alright, my parents) had to pay for it. Not that I think they would not have been able to, but they would have wanted me to prioritize, probably based on ability, and select the ones that I was best suited for. That, of course, would have been upsetting.
I mean, let's be honest, why would you want to put hundreds, if not thousands of dollars into something like uniforms and equipment that will never have to be washed because it never gets used in a game? Again, you are making these programs more selective then they already are and denying students the opportunity to learn in a non-classroom setting.
Yes, I know that the main component of school is the classroom and the teaching that goes on there. That's where the learning — state-mandated learning, at least — happens.
But anyone who does not think learning happens with these other programs are truly not educated.
Keith Lobdell is the editor of the Valley News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org