High school sports are a benefit to American students | IN 60 SECONDS

High school sports are a benefit to American students | IN 60 SECONDS

In recent years, high school sports has frequently
been a punching bag for reformers who see a distraction and critics
who see a cultural backwater. Some even blame school sports for sub-par
US performance on international tests. But the evidence suggests that school sports
do much to promote academic success, and social development. One influential study found that
high school student athletes got better grades, selected more challenging courses,
and had higher levels of educational attainment — across
socioeconomic status, gender, and race. Another major study linked sports participation
with increases in math and science achievement. Other studies have found that participating in sports
can make students more likely to graduate, improve race relations, and boost civic engagement. There are surely times and places when sports clash with a school’s academic mission. But, as we seek to nurture self-control,
responsibility, and good citizenship, remember that high school have established
programs with a track record of doing just that. Do you think high school sports are a good thing for American students? Let us know in our poll. Also, let us know what other topics you’d like
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Comments (6)

  1. Its all a punching bag. The Arts were sacrificed long ago, in many cases in order to ensure arhletics programs had $$$.

  2. The body needs to be cultivated as well as the mind.

  3. I hypothesize that you are making a causation // correlation error. Having been raised by a single mother I look back and see how that stress precluded participation in sports. I am suggesting that intact families are the causal link to better grades and better health. That children who excel in sports and academics have a more fundamental commonality.

  4. Revenge of the jocks. Of course, the problem is that sports can also have the opposite effect- and with transgender politics destroying women's sports, I can see that opposite effect increasing, since never being able to win is a great demotivator for young women.

  5. High school sports is a bullshit waste of good money that could be better spent on the whole school rather than just 50-200 athletes. It's like buying smart water. You get the same value that you would out of a regular bottle of water, but you spent $3 instead of 50 cents. All the "improvements" attributed to high schools overfunding sports could be amplified by just putting the money into the general student and teacher population.

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