Really think our country needs a little needling here!
FITNESS: FROM THE EARS DOWN
When are our teacher-training institutions going to begin preparing our future classroom elementary teachers to meet the responsibilities they must face, from the physical fitness standpoint, when they accept positions in our school systems?
Ask the average elementary classroom teacher of an 8-year-old youngster what basic physical skills the child should have at that age level and how she would go about developing those skills. Ask her how she would develop pelvic girdle or shoulder girdle strength in this 8-year-old. She is completely inadequate to the task and will tell you so.
Now, why does she feel so inadequate? Because, aside from making sure the child does not break his neck falling from the slide during recess, she has been trained to view her responsibility as educating the child from the ears up only.
P. A. DISKIN
Las Vegas, Nev.
FITNESS: THE EDUCATED BODY
The University of Pennsylvania, starting before World War I, had for all students a four-year compulsory course in physical education. Since 1952 the program has been reduced to a one year requirement. The original program, developed by the late Dr. R. Tait McKenzie and Dean E. Leroy Mercer, was ideal—but, I regret to report, it was many years ahead of student and public appreciation.
One hope and perhaps the solution for a better physically fit America: that all colleges and universities require for entrance physical education credits as they now do in English, history, mathematics, etc.
Dept. of Physical Education
U. of Pennsylvania
HOTBOX: LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE
So the consensus of opinion on your question of whether Los Angeles would support a major league team (HOTBOX, SI, Aug. 5) is that a winner would be supported, a loser would not. Well, bully for Los Angeles!
In order to achieve the honor of including the great metropolis of Los Angeles among the major league baseball cities, let us change the rules to permit moving the pennant-winning ball club of the previous season to Los Angeles, so that the favored citizens of the new smog center of America won't have to peer through the murky atmosphere at a second-division ball club for even a single season.
As a supporter of a second-division team for nearly 10 years I am burned up by the Los Angeles front-runner attitude.
HOTBOX: "CAVEAT EMPTOR"
I think that it behooves Mr. O'Malley to lend an attentive ear to the vox populi of the Los Angeles area and be warned that he is not walking into a land of milk and honey and sweetness and light but will have more than his share of trials and tribulations.