All people my age can remember getting out of 7th period class to go to an athletic contest. We also can remember, if not weekly, at least bi-monthly pep sessions. It seems that all of us graduated on time and most of us did quite well as we went on to further our education. However, today somebody has decided that not one minute of any school day can be used for anything other than academic instruction. I would be willing to bet that the majority of the schools, especially those over 500 students, have not had a pep session in years. I keep reading that club activities will have to meet before the school day or after the school day and the sponsors will have to volunteer their time to lead them. I guess we learn nothing from history on how to keep a student alert, focused, and interested in education. What is the old saying?–“all work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy”. I doubt if a 30-minute pep session on a Friday afternoon ever kept a student out of college. Someone sitting at a desk in a state education department is pondering why students commit suicide at a higher rate now than what they used to. I think I know one answer–all pressure and no fun!