lcome home Boone! There was a large crowd gathered to welcome Boone home yesterday in Kuna. I was glad to see the large turnout. I feel such sympathy for that boy and I am glad many locals showed up. It is also heartwarming that the volunteers and contributors are
making his home accessible for him. I have hope, along with everyone else, that he will regain full mobility in time and be able to not have to deal with a lifetime of pain and difficulty.
However, I also am confident that should he never regain full usage of all his limbs, he can and will still attain greatness and be a wonderful inspiration to others. His attitude toward physical therapy has already made him an example for others to follow.
As the Olympics are winding down, we can celebrate the return of those athletes who have, again, persevered in making America proud. Athletics are admirable accomplishments for young Americans. It takes a lot of work and a lot of competitive spirit to make it to the Olympics
While competitiveness and physical effort have their place in the overall upbringing of our children, schools were originally meant to exercise and enrich the minds of children.
There seem to be many who would sacrifice much to further the physical abilities of their children. Volunteers who help train kids in various sports; volunteers who coach and perform official duties at the various sporting events, and teachers and administrators who put an immense effort toward making these events run smoothly.
From my own memories of school there was never quite that effort put towards learning. Not that the teachers don’t put in every effort possible, but, there are few parents in the classroom cheering their children to learn. There are few monetary contributions toward providing equipment needed to conduct learning the way people do for competitive sports.
The Board of Education often seems to determine that learning must take a step back when it comes to funding. Our teachers have contributed their own funds toward providing necessities for the classroom, only to be chastised for doing so. School levies are always chance elections, often with grim results.
While sporting events excite the masses, learning is treated as mundane; just pass the tests. Should a child graduate unable to
make change at the cash register there is plenty of blame to be go around, but that is a little too little, too late.
While competitive sports have their place, I am just saying
that whatever comes, let’s hope we have had the proper focus to
provide all the tools our children need to succeed.