Academics v. Athletics

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Registered: 06-13-2008
Academics v. Athletics
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Fri, 11-06-2009 - 9:18pm

Our football team made it to the playoffs this year! That is great! I know they worked hard and I hope they do well tonight. However, in honor of this achievement, they were EXCUSED from school all day (cheerleaders too). They hung out at the field house, had lunch at the local steak house, and watched the new G.I. Joe movie. They came back in time for the pep rally. The coaches' reasoning was that they didn't want the players distracted today.

But I just don't get it. The band kids weren't excused today. They work just as hard. What about the straight-A students? How come they never get a day off? Or the students who are never absent? I think it's important for kids to be well-rounded, but by giving them the day off, aren't we telling them that academics are less important? Do I feel this way because I was a nerd in HS and am still uncoordinated and clumsy? And what about the fact that we are on the list of target school to be "fresh started" if our graduation rates don't improve? I have 3 or 4 football players that really could've used the class time today to ensure they graduate this year.

Oh well, I guess I don't really need a reply. I just wanted to vent. Thanks for listening.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 11-09-2009 - 11:16am
Can I just say.....WOW?
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Mon, 11-09-2009 - 4:54pm

Double wow! I've been in some schools with great teams and nutty administrators, but the worst I've seen would never have approved something like this. He would have been scared to death to get all the band parents or

Sherry

 

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Registered: 06-13-2008
Mon, 11-09-2009 - 6:32pm
Well, they won the first round of playoffs so of course, they are excused this Friday all day again. This will continue until they lose. So what if they win the state championships? Do they get automatic graduation with straight-A averages? ;P
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Mon, 11-09-2009 - 9:55pm

It sounds like the coach and principal have a close relationship! My former principal was buddy-buddy with the head football coach. He covered for

Sherry

 

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Wed, 11-18-2009 - 6:50pm

I look at this from a music teacher's standpoint, and also say, "wow."