QOTW - Districts Cutting Sports Because of Economic Issues

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Registered: 07-26-1999
QOTW - Districts Cutting Sports Because of Economic Issues
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Wed, 01-25-2012 - 4:29pm

We are currently going through this here in Texas, this is a school district that has recently had severe economic and academic issues.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
That is awful! I would yank my kids out of that school. My kids love sports. They are also involved in music and art, writing clubs and more at schools. By eliminating sports, music and such, the district just insured a higher drop out rate since for many kids the reason to show up and do well is to stay on the team, play in band, etc....

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 03-30-2003

I agree with you Beth.

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Registered: 05-13-1998

Frankly, it's about time. I'm not saying I think it's "good" or "right" to cut atheletic programs but considering that only about 3 highschools in our entire county (and it's a huge one) have an orchestra and more and more have cut their bands, I don't really feel so sorry for the volleyball team. Many of the schools in our city district (which is the 6th largest I believe) don't offer any arts programming at all... no dance, theatre, visual art, music... nothing. Of course, the first schools to lose it are in areas where the children have the least chance of getting such experiences outside of school. Perhaps cutting the sports teams will grab the attention of a wider audience.

Personally, I think all these cuts are very sad. My own kids will get enrichment no matter what. They'll have the opportunity to explore anything they want because it's important to us and we have the means to make it happen. I feel badly for the kids who really won't have those options either because they lack transportation, lack of funds or simple lack of those experiences on their parents parts.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
I agree on some level Beth, I think the whole of the education is experience is definitely the sum of the parts, and I think part of is article was trying to say that, though I don't believe they were doing it in a very persuasive way unfortunately. There are a lot of very good things that extracurriculars and sports teach kids that just don't always get across in the traditional classroom setting, but as with you, I don't always agree that it's fair that the arts are the first things that are always cut when push comes to shove in budget crisis' for schools. I don't think there is one good answer, and there is not even a one size fits all model. I know this particular case is the start of what is going to be the model, in Texas as least, for what is happening with not only the economic crisis, but IMO the education crisis, here in America.
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Registered: 04-07-2002

First of all, you need to understand that in education, the progressives and traditionalists have been duking it out since public education began.