In “Seeking reasons for a surge in drownings” (Page A1, June 25), we learn that “nearly 80 percent of children in families with household income less than $50,000 have no or low swimming ability.” In addition, drowning death rates for Black children ages 10-14 are 3.6 times higher than for white children. As a lifesaving skill, swimming competence must become a mandatory part of school physical education. Schools can partner with YMCAs and other public and private clubs to access pools.
It is shameful that a hot day and a cool pond can kill children based on how much money their parents make.
The writer is a retired assistant dean for communications at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.