Is social dancing really social? (young student)

davedove

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A lot of street dancers dance on concrete to stay connected with the roots of the dance.
I will dance anywhere but concrete is the worst for your joints! I avoid it whenever possible. And I can always tell when they have installed a wood floor over concrete...
Exactly, dancing on concrete because it is the only thing you can afford is one thing, but anyone who has a choice quickly makes the wise decision to dance elsewhere.
 

IndyLady

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Also sports, math, and sciences are usually held in top priority and the arts are at the very bottom of the list.
And in spite of this, many of the teachers are terrible at math. My spouse teaches college math and let's just say that elementary ed majors' grasp on numerical concepts is often lower than one would hope.
 

JoeB

Active Member
I agree. But I know my PE teachers knew zilch about dancing.
I think we're back to my original theory that PE teachers spend most of their career trying to make even worse choices than becoming a PE teacher in the first place.

I'm not making excuses. I think this is totally wrong. But until we change how our academic system/education system is run, I don't see dance being a high priority on any school's agenda.
We've been trying for decades to get the local district to hire someone properly qualified to teach Government, and then let him coach the football team instead of the other way around.

(I do have to give them a lot of credit on four coaches, though; one teaches 5th grade math and actually has a math degree, another teaches Texas History and is just plain fanatical about the subject, (even by Texas standards) the third teaches Biology with a degree in sports medicine, and the fourth was an exchange student in South America so he's a great Spanish teacher. The one teaching government, though, just wrote a reading assignment on the board and read the newspaper for the entire class period. Given that the local paper is often only 6-8 pages, I often wondered about his reading ability.)

And in spite of this, many of the teachers are terrible at math. My spouse teaches college math and let's just say that elementary ed majors' grasp on numerical concepts is often lower than one would hope.
My HS Algebra I teacher later was an adjunct at the local university. Halfway through the semester, she was asked not to return...ever...for any of their classes including remedial toe-counting. Fortunately, the Algebra II teacher was pretty much a miracle worker and able to undo almost all the damage she did to her HS students.
 
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IndyLady

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LOL, great post JoeB

We've been trying for decades to get the local district to hire someone properly qualified to teach Government, and then let him coach the football team instead of the other way around.
True dat. The emphasis on sports over academics drives me bonkers... especially in a state that consistently ranks at the bottom of the pack on health measures (b/c more watching than playing is ultimately taking place) and has a known brain drain issue.

remedial toe-counting.
Love it.
 

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