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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Board of Ed Hears Opposition to Language, Gym Cuts

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With a large crowd on hand, the Westport Board of Education tonight heard more criticism from parents to proposed cuts in sixth grade French language classes and grades 1 through 5 gym classes in Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon’s proposed $100.5 million 2012-13 budget. The board will vote on the budget on Feb. 6.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Gym is an essential component of academic learning. It teaches so much about team participation, winning and losing, taking risks etc; furthermore, it provides relaxation and balance and helps children focus and concentrate when they return to the class-room. Study after study prove this. Cutting gym will do a great disservice to the children.

Posted by S Horowitz on January 31, 2012 at 03:09 PM | #

mon Dieu, talk about short terms gains for long term losses. In a country where obesity and diabetes is on the rise we want to cut out physical activities for our youth! We might be saving a few dollars now but we will all be paying for it one way or the other in the future.

Posted by Joe Witz on January 31, 2012 at 09:01 PM | #

Not wanting to date myself, but we hated gym as kids.  And especially, in the older grades.  How much more awkward can it feel for a teen than to have to change clothes amongst other teens.  Now recess….that’s a different story.  Running around at recess I got way more exercise than I ever got standing around in gym class waiting my turn to shoot a hoop or taking a whack at a ball.  More recess!!!  And it’s free!!!.

Posted by Isabelle Breen on February 03, 2012 at 12:18 AM | #

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