Originally Posted by HopeHacker
Personally, I wish they would ban ALL sports, not only in schools, but EVERYWHERE.
I wish they would support more artistic endeavors than sports. What in the world is good about sports? The only sport I have ever enjoyed watching is Ice Skating, and that seems a great deal MORE artistic than the sports that everyone wants to support. If there was NEVER another Football game, baseball game, basketball game, Soccer game, or any TEAM sport game from now on, I would be ONE HAPPY CAMPER.
It's time for people to place the value on plays, coffee houses, and musicals instead of sports. One can certainly support the kids in school by getting involved in artistic endeavors. Why sports, for crying out loud?
And because they haven't banned that dreaded gym class, the kids can exercise the obesity in gym, but I don't think a kid should be FORCED to take gym. Have them take a long walk instead of gym.
I agree with everything you've said, Hope, and I'm coming from a lifetime of being shoved down to the bottom of the bin because I played flute, not football. When I won concerto comeptitions or went to IMEA or made all of these youth orchestras...did I get a pep assembly? That would be a big, fat NO! But when this one girl went to state for tennis, she got one. And I also had the total misfortune of going to high school with Candace Parker, who was apparently god's gift to women's basketball (although, I haven't heard her name mentioned in a couple years). I mean, I applaud the work ethic, but why sould they get all of the attention? And why did art programs get cut first? It would have made more sense to just pull back a little on everything if they were having serious budget problems. But god forbid a high school not have new football uniforms every year. Even if we had to eithre buy our own instruments (my very first flute cost $550 in 1993) or play on ones purchased in the 80's.
Slightly OT, but still mostly pertinent: the audiences at musicals are not dropping, I feel like I should state that flat out. They simply are doing fabulously, buoyed up by the fact that they draw more influence from pop music than ever before, and that's easy to listen to...doesn't require much effort or thinking or extended education. Orchestral and chamber music audiences, on the other hand, are in trouble. I'm willing to bet that 9 out of 10 TCS'ers haven't been to an instrumental concert this year, and that over half of you haven't been in your lives, unless it was a school field trip. That's not entirely your faults as consumers...why would you spend money on some foreign "high art" that you know nothing about? THis is where schools and educators and locales have a responsibility. The only way Beethoven and Mozart stay alive and keep getting played if is these parties EDUCATE and EXPOSE people to it. It needs to be accessibe both logistically and, quite frankly, intellectually.