Three questions: Is playing football or spending time abroad a more relevant learning experience for the 21st century? Is spending time abroad or playing football more dangerous? Is a student (or their family) more likely to sue a school district and win because something bad happened while they were spending time abroad or playing football?
My answers: Spending time abroad is a more relevant learning experience. Playing football is more dangerous. So, probably, but I really do not know, a successful legal claim is more likely from football.
There is a squabble going on related to the 8th grade “research residency” study abroad programs both the Richmond Japanese immersion program (see here) and the Woodstock Mandarin immersion program take to Japan and China respectively. There are written documents somewhere. I have not seen them and cannot find an online source. The Woodstock Mandarin Immersion Program, and perhaps others, has created a “Resist PPS Travel Ban” Facebook page (here).
Apparently, Chris Russo is recommending that the primary responsibility for the Japanese and Mandarin “research residencies,” or study abroad learning experiences, be shift from PPS to the respective immersion non-profit groups, Oya No Kai and Shu Ren, and that PPS staff taking part in these study abroad programs would not be doing so in a PPS capacity (instead, they would be allowed to take personal leave).
This is the wrong direction for PPS to go. PPS needs to move in the direction of more international learning experiences, not fewer. PPS should accept responsibility and liability for these and other international programs.