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    As much as I love my boys, if my school was to have to start cutting funding, I would rather they cut funding to sports activities rather than academic ones.
    Just today a school district near where I live shut down about nine different magnet programs designed to enrich the academic lives of under performing students. And yet not one single sports program was cut back.
    It sure makes you wonder what is going on in the minds of these people making these decisions considering they are quite possibly directing the future of these children.

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    I agree completely. People often lose sight of the fact that sports are there as an adjunct to education, not as a separate but equal offering of the institution. I hate it when sports opportunities are curtailed, but when there is only so much money available, academics have to take priority.
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    What? I thought they went to school for sports and the classes were all electives.
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    The two shouldn't be mutually exclusive. It is like saying.... Math or Social Studies. Any society that limits sports - and all they can teach for the long term - is a society that has become myopic, strident, and limited.

    Lets take it to the logical conclusion.... all arts, all band, all PE, and all anything except reading, writing, and math should be done away with.

    I have pulled my child from "formal" education (with her okay) because of this sort of mindset. I thought I might put her back into HS for the social aspect... but considering the specific "learn only the approved acedemic stuff" academia (stuff she already knows), I don't see where that is a good thing. It will be her choice, but she is smart, and convincing her of the fallacy of "technical stuff only - when she already knows the technical stuff" will be an easy winnable case to make.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgallan View Post
    The two shouldn't be mutually exclusive.
    My thoughts before I even clicked on the thread.

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    They shouldn't be mutually exclusive, but when it comes down to eliminating a sport (or band, or any EXTRA-curricular activity) or eliminating a basic academic course, there's no choice. Of course we should include as much as we can, but when there are financial limitations, academic programs should be the last to go.
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    I am a strong believer that the primary purpose of high school and college is to provide a sound academic education - period! It is true that all of the enrichment programs such as drama club, debating team and wrestling are important in building social skills, maturity and a myriad of other valuable attributes, but school still is school. Frankly, it bothers me that less academically qualified students get athletic scholarships to college while kids with better credentials can't attend for financial reasons. I know the realities of big time college sports, but I still cling to the idealistic view that students are students first and athletes second, and should be attending college in quest of the letters on their diplomas, not on their jackets.
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    Might I suggest that before programs directly effecting students are cut, that someone take a look at the administrative budget? Our district hired a new superintendent a few years ago, and immediately the staffing at the district office skyrocketed. There were people hired into clerical/admin positions (with no college education required)at payrates higher than a teacher. Thousands of dollars were spent in refurnishing and redecorating the district meeting room - panalling, carpet, high-backed leather chairs, etc. Of course, the district offices are air-conditioned, while the schools try to teach in 90 degree weather with open doors and fans. (My wife's kindergarten classroom has had days this year with temperatures in excess of 95 degrees inside the room.)
    Before classes, or activities are cut - find out how much is spent on salaries of those making the cuts.

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