Dr. Linda Lane, Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools
By Mark Rauterkus, swim and waterpolo coach.Mark@Rauterkus.com, 412-298-3432 = cell. http://Rauterkus.blogspot.comAfter an educational conference call on Early Childhood Education and the value of play, I wrote this article.
We have massive problems that are pressing hard against the Pittsburgh community. We've got:
- academic achievement gaps,
- so-called school reform trends with doubtful standards and accountability, and
- sustained cutbacks that have lasted for a decade and continue to grow.
- swim pools,
- support of nonprofits,
- a defined, documented vision with specific plans, and
- a growing political will.
- budget cuts, and
Time to Play
One aim is to defend children’s right to play, grow, and learn in an era of school reform focused on standards and accountability.
- Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment (TRUCE),
- Concerned Educators Allied for a Safe Environment (CEASE), and
- Defending the Early Years Project.
- Hundreds of educators who issued a statement of concern about alarming Common Core Standards for the early grades.http://www.edweek.org/media/joint_statement_on_core_standards.pdf.
Swim teachers are keen observers of children. Coaches pay attention to where the students are. Aquatic teachers work on what they see that the kids are able to understand. At the swim pool, we model, evaluate and give fresh beginnings to kids in new surroundings. Plus, kids have time to play and act it out at the pool. Rookie Camp serves plenty of opportunities for self regulation for kids. Kids get into roles, and they control themselves. They stay in their character and learn self control. Rookie Camp is for learning many concepts and becoming comfortable with each other.