If School Board Member could have her way, high school Marching Band Students would be required to take PE as a separate class.
Original post made by Kimberly, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on May 10, 2009
Marching band students not only have to fit band into their daily class schedule, but also need to make time each day for practice, as well as commit many hours for performances at their schools and at competitions.
Fitting a PE class into their schedules is a waste of valuable academic class time, and the students don't need PE.
Ms. Hintzke should spend a few hours on the football field executing dance maneuvers while carrying and playing a musical instrument so she has an idea of just how much physical exercise marching band students get. Marching Band students get aerobic, pilates and yoga training. They learn dance steps. Participation in Marching Band reduces stress and builds self esteem. As the largest student activity on campus, marching band students become member of a large family and that sense of belonging is one of the healthiest benefits for the students.
As for Ms. Hintzke's speeches about the need to train students into developing healthy habits so they can be fit for life, isn't that training provided in the elementary and middle schools? If the student hasn't gotten the message by high school, forcing students who are already getting more exercise than any PE class could provide to give up a needed academic course so they can run around a track isn't going to get that message across.
Jamie Hintke has made a name for herself as being the school board member who promotes wellness and her efforts to get school nurses in each school and encourage lifestyle changes for lifelong fitness are laudable.
But as high school students and their parents can tell her, no college cares about an applicant's PE classes. Colleges look at courses taken, GPAs, and test results. They also care very much if a student has participated in extracurricular activities. If all else is equal, band participation will put a student's application into the acceptance pile, while PE on a transcript means nothing.
High school marching band students, student athletes and students who participate in non-school sports teams don't need to take PE. They need to have more time for academic classes and should not be forced to sacrifice an academic class for a PE class.
When Ms. Hintzke's children are in high school, she will understand this. Until then, parents of marching band students and athletes need to tell her and the rest of the School Board that their students don't need PE classes.