Girls phys ed teacher important
Dear Editor: As a parent of a Basalt Middle School fifth-grade girl, I am disappointed with the Re-1 school district’s plan to eliminate the full-time female physical education position. Ann Stewart is retiring at the end of this school year. She filled this position with dedication and a strong positive influence on the lives of girls passing through BMS.The middle school years are formative in the development of positive body image and self-esteem. How can the district be considering eliminating this position when our nation has an epidemic of overweight/obese children leading to devastating health problems such as heart disease and diabetes? With a strong female role model, the young girls acquire lifelong benefits of physical activity as well as cooperative and leadership skills through sports. A male PE teacher cannot affect the girls in the same way a female can. A teacher who is not certified in PE is unlikely to possess the necessary skills or enthusiasm as a certified PE teacher. The girls will receive a negative message that they are not as important as the boys. After all, the district fulfilled Mr. Hayden’s vacated full-time male PE position. Why would the district consider eliminating the position for the girls?If the budget is in need of the salary reduction, I suggest the reduction occur in an area that does not have direct student contact. Whomever the district was going to have cover the girls’ PE classes could perform administrative duties under the supervision of an administrator. The district would be able to save money without directly affecting students. Let the burden of extra work lie with administration instead of the already-overworked classroom teachers.Martha CapobiancoCarbondale
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