I am writing in response to a letter by Candice Durbin of Payson in the Jan. 18 edition. I thought her letter was excellent and I would like to add a few thoughts of my own. Thoughts that I had when my own children were in school.
Why do the sports have when the students and teachers have not? How do we justify buying a football when we need books.
In my opinion, we should first finance our learning requirements before providing any outside activities. As for outside activities, what about the children who can play musical instruments or sing, but couldn't hit a baseball if their lives depended on it?
There is much more to life than sports. Many other activities can teach teamwork as well as competition. What about debating teams? What about glee clubs? What about theater and arts classes?
I believe we should spend just as much on other activities as we do on sports. Much too much emphasis is given to sports when, if you look at it, a very small minority of students either participate, or are proficient at them.
Many times I have seen people just out of high school who can't read well enough to fill out a job application. How are these people supposed to support themselves? They mostly end up in low-paying jobs with no chance for advancement. Is it their fault? I don't think so. I think most of them have given up because they never could hit that baseball, and as a result, they have grown up with a feeling of inadequacy.
Sure, they go to the game and cheer on their team, but what then? Let's get with the program and let all of the children know that we care about them, not just the ones who can hit a ball or make a touchdown, or get a ball in the basket.
Dennis F. Wood, Strawberry