Re: Aikido in Schools
I'm director of a small non-profit that does performing arts programs in the NYC public schools and we've had several short introductory aikido programs (10-12 sessions), mostly very successful.
I do agree that in order to do this we've had to stress the physical, cultural, and philosophical aspects. But then there's no agreement on what is meant by the "spiritual" aspects anyway.
we've even had to remove some holiday songs from music programs because of religious content... that's just the world we live in. while sometimes it gets carried to ridicules extremes, I personally prefer that to the alternative ie state sponsorship of religion etc...