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I'm very disappointed by the decision not to let Colin Winship participate in the band program (No school band for home-schooled kid, June 23).

As someone who has participated in some of the best band programs in the province, I cannot tell you how much it has impacted my life. It taught me to appreciate music on a deeper level, as well as the value of teamwork, respect, dedication, hard work and humility.

Making music in an ensemble is a unique experience that provides benefits no other activity can. Being in the band program would be an opportunity for Colin to become passionate about music and work hard to become a proficient player on an instrument of his choosing.

The joy of successfully performing a piece you and 30-plus of your colleagues have been working on for months is indescribable, and it saddens me that the Mystery Lake School District feels it is within their mandate to deprive any young learner of that joy, those experiences, and the countless lessons he would learn in a band program.

The school district has no good reason to deny Colin this opportunity, nor have they made any attempt to provide one. This seems to me like a case of discrimination against a child for whom home-schooling was potentially the best -- if not the only -- option.

 

MITCHELL VAN INEVELD

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 25, 2014 A8

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