ABOUT FORCED COACHING
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Board of Education, in contract negotiations withthe Carroll County Education Association, plans to require all high school physical education teachers hired after July 1991 to coach at least two sports. We have been asking readers if they think the school board should make coaching mandatory for high school phys ed teachers and if they think physical education training automatically makes those teachers more qualified to coach. Here are some of the replies we received so far:
From: Bryan McLean
My general feelings are if a physical education teacher does not have his or her heart set on coaching a particular sport, they should not be forced to.
For example, what else would a Kenny Parker be interested in coaching? Just because one is skilled in a certain area, it does not make them qualified to coach a different sport.
Obviously, different sports require different skills. Whether a coach teaches at the school or not should not affect his or her job as well.
If they are qualified, excellent athletes, and have the knowledge and time to commit, let them coach.
Solomon Carr of Westminster and Phil Bonnell of North Carroll are excellent examples.
Let's go with quality coaches, the ones wehave now. After all, isn't a shortage of coaches what we're trying to avoid?
* From: Clarence Bollinger
I think that the sports programs would be better if, rather that use reluctant physical education teachers, to use qualified volunteers, someone who hasplayed the sport on a high school/college level and/or has children of their own involved.