I appreciated Greg Jayne's Jan. 27 column, "Providing opportunity comes with cost," on the effects of Title IX listing the guidelines for schools to provide opportunities for all students. Those benefits include socialization, improved teamwork, and leadership skills and fitness. I recognized these are the some of the same benefits I was teaching to students as a music teacher.
In my long career teaching choir, orchestra and band, as well as other music subjects, I have taught with good success students who were blind, developmentally delayed and with other handicaps, but without the violence involved in many sports. I never once had a student blow out a knee, get a brain concussion or any other major injury. However, I did have one student suffer a paper cut.