HOT BLAST: Putting an end to high school sports
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Action from a Jacksonville-Pleasant Valley football game this season. (File/The Anniston Star)
Action from a Jacksonville-Pleasant Valley football game this season. (File/The Anniston Star)
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Friday night, thousands of Alabamians will flock to schools for another night of prep football. We're stating the obvious here, but football is important to us.

But what if high schools didn't field sports teams? How would that translate into academic performance and financial stability for the school systems?

You may think that's a ludicrous thought -- no high school sports -- but please read this story in The Atlantic magazine. It makes a strong, logical case for reducing American schools' emphasis on sports and putting that recaptured energy into academics.

The magazine wrote, "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?"

I'm not sure I'd support getting rid of those extracurricular activities, but it's a compelling thought for American educators, nonetheless.

-- Phillip Tutor
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