Sunday, September 21, 2014

After School High School Sports Programs

         High School students tend to put more effort into their after school sports practices than they do in their education. High School sports should not remain an option for students. The less time the students spend on the field, the more time they will spend studying and doing homework, eventually leading to an increase in academic achievement. High School sports are not an important to the overall well being of a high school student.
”By suspending sports, Singleton realized, he could save $150,000 in one year (Ripley, Amanda. "The Case Against High-School Sports." The Atlantic Oct. 2013: 72-78. Print.)” In 2012, the Premont Independent School District was threatened to be shut down by the state for, “financial mismanagement and academic failure (Ripley, Amanda. “The Case Against High-School Sports." The Atlantic Oct. 2013: 72-78. Print.)” The Schooling District decided to do something drastic, shut down all school sports. They decided that the students were spending to much time focused on sports and not enough time on their school work. Students grades were dropping and more and more people were failing. Also, the school board learned that they could save tons of money by dropping school sports. So, instead of spending $150,000 in sports the school decided to invest that money into the school, and put it towards a better curriculum for the students.
After cutting school sports, Premont High School realized they had better grades and an even higher learning percentage. Since the student no longer had the distraction sports brought upon them they had more time to study, which helped the students achieve good grades. Sports are a more of a distraction then they are helpful. People could argue that sports help people make new friends and relieve stress, but all sports really do is cause a distraction; this distraction leads to the students not doing their homework and not studying for tests, causing the student to get bad grades. Its like a chain reaction, because students have sports they don't do their homework or study, causing students to get bad grades, not allowing the students to get into college.
When Premont took away their sports programs some people may have got mad and sad, in fact some kids transferred to other schools so they could participate in sports after school. But, parents and students don't understand that Premont Independent High School was just trying to help the students succeed and achieve the good grades they are all capable of. In the end, by getting rid of the after school sports programs Premont Independent High School saved lots of money and increased the learning rate in the classroom.

1 comment:

  1. I definitely agree that sports help you make new friends and relieve stress!