District pushes to scuttle daily P.E. - April 25
Despite clear scientific evidence that daily physical education improves student test scores, reduces stress and student conflict, and is essential to optimum learning, Bill Lawrence with Pinellas County Schools has a different plan. It takes the reporter eight paragraphs to illuminate this suggestion, which is based on expanding the value-added model score, which demonstrates how students are "tied to teachers" and creates a "cleaner master schedule." What?!
When the teachers weigh in, they state that students need physical education. It activates their brains, cranks up blood flow, provides a healthy change of pace and returns the student to the classroom ready to learn.
Lawrence has a plan that is not student-driven, not learning-focused and not evidence-based to accomplish anything of value in the classroom. Perhaps he needs a P.E. class to activate his thinking.
Juliana Menke, St. Petersburg
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Parents angrily proclaim their sons are innocent; Two bombing survivors vow to dance, run again - April 26
Summing up two mind-sets
The two articles published on the same page should tell Americans everything they need to know about the mind-set of the radical Islamic world in relation to the United States. Despite the evidence, running gun battles, carjacking and confessions, the mother of the two Boston suspects proclaims: "I thought America was going to protect us, our kids, it was going to be safe for any reason. But it happened, the opposite. My kids - America took my kids away from me - only America." Yep, all our fault. We gave them scholarships, public assistance, an opportunity to better themselves, freedom to shop for pressure cookers and gunpowder. Regardless of the circumstances, the radical Islamic world has been taught that if anything bad happens in their lives, it's not bad decisions or radical thinking, it's the "Great Satan" that caused the problem.
Just above this article was a story of two brave women who were maimed by these "good boys." The dancer shows amazing courage and optimism despite the devastation of losing a foot, and a mother whose leg is shredded sums it up the American way: "Everyone should move foreword without fear. If we're afraid, the enemy wins." God bless America.
Jack Summers, Sun City Center
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Deluded parents ignored warning signs April 24, commentary
Lots of parents in denial
I don't understand why you bothered to run this "opinion" article other than a need to fill space or a desire to jump on a hot-button bandwagon. It adds nothing of substance to a serious subject, and the supposed summary in the last paragraph - "If they deny that responsibility ... they forfeit our sympathy, our respect and our trust" - is largely irrelevant.
Adam Lanzo's mother was seemingly even more deluded when she armed her son in Newtown. His father, along with the parents of James Holmes, the Aurora shooter, seem to have washed their hands of their troubled children. Also, being American, they