Thursday, October 5, 2017

After School Programs

I've never been a fan of after school programs. Not when I was in school, and not as an adult. I always felt that they cost way too much money. They were programs that were focused on sports, and I always felt like athletes are way over rated. (Sorry, sports fans it's true)

But I began to rethink this opinion after I watched the documentary Brooklyn Castle. How can this be? You see this school in Brooklyn has a huge chess culture. Yeah, I can't image that. This was not the case when I was in school. But the school has won several national championships. The after school programs at this school focus on something that schools really should be focused on learning life skills.

I realized that these kids were truly benefiting from this program. I realized that kids around the country were gaining from the time they spent developing skills in these programs. They were obtaining some life experiences hat will make them better individuals.

And then I realized there was a lack of money for these programs. They are the first things that are being lost in many schools. While, I'm still not sure about supporting big sports programs, I now think after school programs do benefit the communities around them. And the question is how do we fund them? I don't know the answer to that last question, but I'm going to think about it.

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