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  •  Sorry, no. People who take degrees (16+ / 0-)

    in physical education to prepare for teaching it in the schools have special expertise, or at least the ones I worked with did. Just like people like me, in the fine arts, do.

    I am sick and tired of the attitude that sports and the arts are somehow disposable when the budget gets tight, and the attitude that they can be "done on the cheap" by amateurs. That kind of thinking shows a real lack of consideration for the minds and characters of our kids. It also shows a complete lack of understanding of just how rigorous the training for those professions is. Show me one lawyer or businessman that began honing their craft at the age of three like I did, and like many professional musicians and music teachers did, and from a young age put in the many hours a day--every day--aside from formal lessons that it takes to develop the craft. The same is true of the training necessary to be an athlete, and one of sufficient development to impart the knowledge to others.

    Both are integral parts of the social,intellectual and character development of our children. Would you advocate math or science taught this way? I didn't think so.

    •  It makes me angry and sad (7+ / 0-)

      to hear folks talking about athletes as if they, and their fans, were violent Neanderthals.

      I was raised to feel this way, and although I was a strong, healthy boy I looked down on athletes, while secretly feeling inferior and thinking I "wasn't good at sports."

      In my 30s I discovered Martial Arts, and after about six months of absolute fun, I realized I had become an athlete.  Now I have a teenage son who is almost a Black Belt, is 120 pounds of pure muscle, but says he isn't good at sports.  What's a father to do?

      Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

      by Boundegar on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 06:59:03 PM PDT

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      •  I heard Klewe on "Wait, Wait--don't tell me" (6+ / 0-)

        this weekend. The guy is clearly more than some punter on a football team--he's really, really smart. He's also really, really all over sticking up for marriage equality. He was at it again, schooling an anti-gay LTE writer in MN in an open letter of his own.

        Imagine that. An intelligent, well-spoken, funny professional jock. ;)

      •  Why doesn't he think martial arts are a sport? (1+ / 0-)
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        What's a father to do?  Sounds like you're a father who is already doing a great job.  Maybe, all you can do is be proud and enjoy your shared athletic interest together.  :)

        Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

        by bkamr on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 07:45:58 PM PDT

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    •  Trust me, I know how much time it takes. (1+ / 0-)
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      I spent most of my childhood and undergraduate years training and racing. Probably 10-12 thousand hours all together. I've also spent several years coaching.
      My point was (granted it wasn't totally clear) that you don't have to dump hundreds of thousands of dollars into a program to have it function and be successful. Cheap does not always equal inferior or poor, and a program that is very well funded is not necessarily better.
      Cheap is better than cut.

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