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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How important is the Athletics Directors wishlist...

or School Board Member Crawford's love for football, when the vast majority of District 150 graduates barely make it to high school graduation?

I watched the long, drawn out Committee of the Whole Meeting last night with fascination. Not only was I astounded by the sheer rudeness of School Board members towards fellow citizens, but I simply could not get over how much thought, money and effort is being put into sports and sports stadiums.

The District is in the red, there are questions about rather or not the Board and the Superintendent of Schools are being fiscally responsible with the public's credit card, they can barely turn out an athlete who can graduate from college and the Shuan Livingstons of the world (who by pass college and go directly to pro) are rare. As a matter of fact, at the rate Shaun Livingston's career has progressed - he is going to need some college to fall back on.

By the way... you need to be lucky AND intelligent to land a college scholarship for sports. Let's stay focused on what's really important.

When the time comes, vote NO on the County Schools Facilities Sales Tax.

The Case Against High School Sports

by Darren Braun
Sports are embedded in American schools in a way they are not almost anywhere else. Yet this difference hardly ever comes up in domestic debates about America’s international mediocrity in education. (The U.S. ranks 31st on the same international math test.) The challenges we do talk about are real ones, from undertrained teachers to entrenched poverty. But what to make of this other glaring reality, and the signal it sends to children, parents, and teachers about the very purpose of school?

As states and districts continue to slash education budgets, as more kids play on traveling teams outside of school, and as the globalized economy demands that children learn higher-order skills so they can compete down the line, it’s worth reevaluating the American sporting tradition. If sports were not central to the mission of American high schools, then what would be?

Last year in Texas, whose small towns are the spiritual home of high-school football and the inspiration for Friday Night Lights, the superintendent brought in to rescue one tiny rural school district did something insanely rational. In the spring of 2012, after the state threatened to shut down Premont Independent School District for financial mismanagement and academic failure, Ernest Singleton suspended all sports—including football.

To cut costs, the district had already laid off eight employees and closed the middle-school campus, moving its classes to the high-school building; the elementary school hadn’t employed an art or a music teacher in years; and the high school had sealed off the science labs, which were infested with mold. Yet the high school still turned out football, basketball, volleyball, track, tennis, cheerleading, and baseball teams each year.

Football at Premont cost about $1,300 a player. Math, by contrast, cost just $618 a student. For the price of one football season, the district could have hired a full-time elementary-school music teacher for an entire year. But, despite the fact that Premont’s football team had won just one game the previous season and hadn’t been to the playoffs in roughly a decade, this option never occurred to anyone.

Read the entire article here...

Hat tip: CK