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Parkview is a school with a population of about 550 students. Our reputation is one of academic excellence combined with extensive complementary options and an ever growing athletics program. We are a district site for a variety of programs such as English Language Learning, Interactions and Community Mental Health. Here at Parkview School, we are committed to the academic and personal success of all students. The success of our students depends on the cooperation and extreme dedication of school staff, teachers, students, parents and the community. The high expectations we set at school lead to excellent results for all our students, both in school and in the community.
I am a sports enthusiast. I passionately enjoy watching, playing, and have coached numerous sports.
I am amazed at how dedicated young athletes are to their sport(s). It is not uncommon to have a child practice his/her sport until he/she has become exhausted. One way to become proficient at a sport is to practice the particular skills of that sport repeatedly. To move onto a higher level in the sport, the fundamental skills must become second nature to the athlete. How do these skills become second nature? Through constant practice and tireless repetition does one perfect skills. The same ideology holds true in the realm of academics.
In his book titled “Class Warfare: Besieged Schools, Bewildered Parents, Betrayed Kids and the Attack on Excellence,” J. Martin Rochester addresses the benefits of practice and repetition in academics. He states, “In the old maxim ‘no pain, no gain,’ the new slogan is ‘if it ain’t fun, it can’t be done.’ Why the concept of drill and practice should be so alien to today’s educationist remains a mystery. Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and any number of other highly successful people can speak to the importance of repetitive routines in the development of their skills.
“The Nobel laureate Herbert Simon and colleagues at CarnegieMellonUniversity note that science supports what would seem intuitively obvious: ‘The criticism of practice (called drill and kill) is prominent in the educational world of today. Nothing flies more in the face of the last twenty years of research than the assertion that practice is bad. All evidence, from the laboratory and from extensive case studies of professionals, indicates that “real competence only comes with extensive practice.”
If we are willing to have our children painstakingly practice music or sports, why should we not be willing to ask the same of them in academics? It should be very plausible to require a student to rewrite an essay or a paper multiple times. It is more than reasonable to expect students to practice reading on a continual basis. Penmanship you ask? Sure, constant detailed practice will produce wonderful results. The same goes for math facts as well.
Sports, music, dance and other extracurricular activities are wonderful! One can’t help but wonder, however, how well children would be performing academically if they approached their education with the same intensity and desire as they do these other extracurricular interests.
Mr. D. Beharry