Urban Educator in the City!

Flipping Out……..

Posted on: August 1, 2009

As I am enjoying my summer vacation, I love to observe people and all of the vitality that surrounds them. 

As usual, I noticed little boys flipping at the festival that I attended today. Flipping OUt  without any padded floors, Yes they had grass but as one parent informed one of the flippers – “The hospital is NOT close!” – LOL.

Whenever I see little boys flipping without fear on grass, mattresses or off of fences, I can’t help to think – How their life would change if there was just ONE gym in the area that prepared kids like these for competition or the OLYMPICS?

Some people might think that ALL Urban children only enjoy basketball and/or football but that is not true. I know children that would enjoy gymnastics, swimming, tennis, racquetball, golf, rowing and the list goes on.

I remember a former colleague sponsoring one of her former students so that he could attend a Gymnastics Class that prepared students for the Olympics. She noticed his gift of flipping after watching him flip from the monkey bars on the playground outside of her classroom window. In order for him to stay in the Gymnastics Program, the teacher’s only stipulation was that he kept a 2.5 gpa. She offered to tutor him afterschool, pleaded with parents to make sure that homework was complete and turned in—-but in the end she decided to  stop sponsoring him because his gpa never reached a 2.5.

Now if what @irasocol says is true that ” Some people are Gifted in areas and Special Ed. in others”, then this potential gymnast’s gift was definitely Gymnastics.

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