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ERIC Number: EJ787335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1498
"One Strike and You're out": An Analysis of No Pass/No Play Policies
Burnett, Michael A.
High School Journal, v84 n2 p1-6 Dec 2000-Jan 2001
A decade ago educators began panicking over the state of the academic system and the overemphasis on athletics in school. Consequently, an increasing number of state legislatures, state boards of educators and local school districts have taken action to limit participation in extracurricular activities if students fail courses or do not achieve sufficient academic standards. Led by the Texas state legislature's implementation of the "No Pass/No Play Bill," four states have set specific academic standards, nineteen others have implemented academic guidelines for participation and the majority of the remaining states have established some regulations for extracurricular activities. Proponents of No Pass/No Play legislation argue stern measures are necessary to curb the current statistics, which suggest that more students are failing classes and achieving lower grades than in the past. They assert that such policies will serve as a motivational tool, providing the incentive for students to "pull up" their grades. Further arguments state that extracurricular activities are merely a privilege and not a right, the benefits of which have become overvalued in the educational system. These individuals genuinely believe that students affected by the policy will not only improve their grades, but reevaluate their priorities, comprehending that academics must come first and their "outside interests" second. Opponents of tying higher academic standards to athletic participation generally focus on the positive affects athletics have on students. This opposition relies upon statistical evidence demonstrating that participants in sports and other extracurricular activities earn better grades than non-participants and record better attendance in school. Additionally, they emphatically assert that high school athletic and non-athletic activities are not only supportive of the academic mission of schools but are inherently educational and vital to the total development of students. These educators further argue that athletic participation develops many basic values such as self-esteem and self-respect, and that denying the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities is effectively denying a valid educational opportunity. (Contains 2 tables.)
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