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ERIC Number: EJ1003257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
In College Classrooms, the Problem Is High School Athletics
Conn, Steven
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v78 n4 p21-24 Dec 2012
As professional sports grew into a multibillion-dollar enterprise, colleges followed suit. Small programs grew big; big programs grew huge, all chasing ESPN glory and cash. So, in turn, high school athletics programs grow, emulating their big siblings. There is a widespread consensus that the nation's public education systems are in serious trouble. But amid the conflicting diagnoses of the problem--teacher training, standardized testing, socioeconomic conditions--an obvious one is missed: The growth of high school athletics has meant fewer resources devoted to academics, especially in the zero-sum budgetary environment of so many school districts. The issue isn't simply money. The growth of high school athletics has resulted in more time than ever spent by students in practicing and competing. American higher education bears some measure of the responsibility. There are a number of reasons that high school sports follow the lead of college sports in becoming more professionalized. Chief among them is that kids and their parents increasingly believe that accumulating varsity letters is a better way to get to college--and certainly a better way to pay for college--than academic achievement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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