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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Too Much Emphasis On Sports In Public Schools

It has been said that there is too much emphasis on sports in public schools. Some schools in particular make heroes out of their football players, but pay little recognition to the high academic achievers.
Too much emphasis on sports in public schools can lead to students decreasing their focus on education, and pursuing sporting interests instead as they believe they will be rewarded for sporting achievements and not educational pursuits.

Often students will choose easily electives in high school to allow them to have more time to participate in school sporting events. This too much emphasis on sports in public schools will greatly endanger the chances of many students gaining entry to college or university as many simply do not have the mathematical and arithemetic skills required to be admitted to tertiary education institions.

Whilst many students may believe they are destined for sporting greatness, only 0.001% of school students will ever succeed in a sport and be able to make a living off it, meaning too much emphasis on sports in public schools places most students in grave danger of affecting their entire life.

Schools often spend hundreds of thousands of dollars upgrading gym and sporting equipment, to the detriment of educational tools and programs. While we all agree sport and physical acitivty is vital for young students, too much emphasis on sports in public schools and too much money spent on sporting programs only detracts and distracts students and teachers from the bigger picture of education.

So we can see that placing too much emphasis on sports in public schools is a hazard not only for the students themselves, but for the future of the community at large. The goal of a school is to produce bright, intelligent young adults, not dreamers who think they are the next Michael Jordan.

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