My second grade daughter’s school had their Open House tonight. It was exactly what you’d expect; shiny floors, all the teachers and admins in their Sunday best, bulletin boards with encouraging messages and materials stacked on each student desk. We had a fantastic time, by the end of the 30 minutes we were there Ryann declared it, “The best classroom ever.” Then we went home.
Our take home assignment for Ryann was a Scavenger Hunt but for Mom and Dad it was the stack of forms required by Baltimore County Public Schools.. On top of all those fun emergency cards and photo permission slips was the class schedule and for the first time we learned about the subject “Collaborative Arts”. I don’t know what “Collaborative Arts” is, and I’m certainly not ready to pass judgment on it. However, I do know that Ryann’s participation in it means she will have, at most, 36 physical education classes this year. Last year she had 45. Ugh.
I like my daughter’s school and administrative staff. She has been treated well and continues to grow academically. However, I’m frustrated. She needs to move, she needs to learn skill, she needs to work in that cooperative environment that the gym provides, and now she has ten less chances. What is a parent to do?
Experience tells me there is 0 chance that the schedule changes this year. However, I’ve already sent my first email to the administration asking what Collaborative Arts is. and expressing disappointment that PE (as well as Music, Art, and Library) were decreased. I’m sure my wife would tell me to stop being “that parent”, who is emailing on Back to School night but I have to advocate. If I don’t advocate for what I think is best for kids then who will?
As a parent, and a physical educator I encourage you to have the challenging conversation with administrators about what is happening in physical education classrooms. Ask, listen, dialogue but stick to your beliefs of the value of physical education in our schools.Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in