Myhre’s bleacher comments hit the mark [UPDATED]Published 10:34am Thursday, September 26, 2013 Updated 12:37pm Thursday, September 26, 2013
I think Mr. Myhre has it right. Joel Myhre’s comments (Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013) concerning the high school athletic field bleachers were basically a well-reasoned and rational presentation.
It is also reasonable to note that Fergus Falls is not Green Bay, the Otters are not the Packers and we do not need anything tending to impersonate Lambueau Field facilities.
I voted against the FFHS sports facilities proposal on both occasions, but would support a proposal to construct new safe, functional bleachers. Without the bells and whistles.
At least from the time of the early Greeks and the start of the Olympics, sports has been an important part of our heritage. Most sports do foster beneficial personal interaction while some can and do cause lasting and permanent costly injury.
Our educational system has as its basic tenet to put a sound mind in a sound body. Anyone interested in nurturing a sound body can go jogging, walking, swimming and engage in any of a considerable number of other activities to achieve a sound body. Let’s get back to the basics for education.
I find it very disconcerting what I perceive as society’s over-emphasis on “sports” to the detriment of “education”. Just take a look at the Fergus Journal. In virtually any given edition, compare the space devoted to “sports” with the space devoted to “education”. No doubt any conclusion reached in such a comparison is that sports sells, education doesn’t. Sports matters; education doesn’t. I think it is time to sell people on the need to increase the emphasis on a quality education and decrease the catering to sports.
Superintendent Ness’ weekly article does provide some welcome insight to the school district’s functioning. Thinking back over the past three or four months there are some other Journal articles that also come to mind. Two that I found at odds with each other when viewed in tandem and disconcerting were the one listing the 2013 FFHS graduating class showing roughly half of the class graduating with “honors.” The other article reflected the latest state testing results reflecting a somewhat less that flattering accomplishment. I hope someone will analyze what appears to be a significant disconnect in achievement.
I sincerely hope the citizens of School District 544 will renew a call for educational excellence for its youth and direct the needed resources to that effort.
I am relatively certain that Independent School District 544 was founded to address the educational needs of the local populace, not for the purpose of facilitating sports activities.
The primary rational for a tax-supported school system is to provide the best educational opportunity possible for our youth for their futures … and ours.