- Tonya Casey, Board Member of the Dayton Chapter of the American Heart Association
A recent letter to the editor (July 23, 2022) mentioned the problems related to releasing children from school to attend a weekly Bible study program. During the early 1950′s, as a third grade teacher in another state, I experienced the impracticality of this policy. Once each week, an hour and a half before dismissal time, the principal announced that those children going to Bible study could leave. After the noise and confusion of the exiting students ceased, about a third of my class remained. It was no longer reasonable to pretend to teach. Any new instruction would have had to be repeated the following day for those excused from school. Remedial work for more than perhaps an individual student did not make sense since it was not necessarily the remaining students who needed it. Paid as a public school teacher, I was now serving only as a baby-sitter. The remaining children played quiet, indoor games, read, watched movies, sometimes did a bit of their home-work. Basic education time for all children was shortened. I and the remaining children were held captive for optional activities of others.