Regarding Sandy Banks' Jan. 15 column ("Inspiring Tears as Well as Cheers"): I have been on our local school board for 16 years. Many more parents are concerned at board meetings about cheerleaders than about math, science or language skills, which may explain why the latter three are so poorly done. The media coverage for the former, rather than the latter, contributes to this.
Cheerleading was started so girls would have some activity while boys had their sports. Now girls have as many sports, so the original need for cheerleader activities has passed, with their expense, time and problems.