Kids every day, of all ages play sports, whether it be a fun game with their friends or organized through their school. Sports themselves are great, they promote countless benefits and encourage players. However, once schools get involved things change. Amanda Ripley in her article The Case against High School Sports states “In many schools, sports are so entrenched that no one- not even the people in charge- relizes their actual cost.” The academic focus of schools can shift to the athletics, with there being too much time and money being poured in it. That effort could be better spent on what the actual focus of school should be, students’ education, not training and games.
If I win this scholarship, I will know that the hard work of students who thrive for academic success isn’t looked over just because a student next to us thrives for success through their sport. In high school, we see an ample amount of our classmates get signed to different colleges and universities because of their abilities on the court or on the field. But, after being in classes with them for four or more years, we know that their grades aren’t of good quality all of the time. But, us students who work the hardest in the classrooms to pull off 4.0s and 5.0’s can barely get a decent scholarship because we don’t have a 25 or above ACT score. This can at times prevent students from going to their dream school because they don’t have the money to pay out of pocket for school.
According to " The Case Against High-School Sports" (2013), sports could create some study, health, and time management problems for schools and students. In this post, Amanda Ripley initially shows the benefits when involving in the high-school sports: exercise, sportsmanship lessons, some positive personalities, more fun and staying away from vices. She also writes some tales to inform readers that in the US, students are interested and enjoy in sports more than other peers in other countries. However, she claims that the high-school sports have negative effects on schools and students. Next, she gave some schools ' examples to show the problems when schools and students spent too much time and money in high-school sports.
Have you ever thought about about how much time and effort college athletes put into their sport? They spend the majority of their four years in college training for a certain sport. All the time and effort the athletes put in yet they do not receive a penny. Most of these young men and women have moved out of their parents house and have to fend for themselves. College athletes should be paid because college athletes put up the same injury risks as professional athletes, the players bring in money, it could increase motivation for education, and the sport acts as a full time job.
These physical stresses can end up causing a substantial amount of mental stress that eventually effect student athletes academically. While struggling to be the best they can be in the class room and off the field, student athletes make millions of dollars every year for their given universities and create a name for their school which creates more incoming freshman every single year. Student athletes sometimes are labeled as lazy in the academic field, however they are graduating at a higher rate than ever while top football schools are on top of graduating rates across the nation. Student athletes do have a lot more benefits than those of the normal student life, but these benefits are created to the amount of work put into their universities. While doing so much for their schools, student athletes are only allowed a certain amount of money and rights, while not having the security of an employee of the university.
If you or your child was an athlete giving your all to a school and you were still struggling financially to where you can barely take care of yourself would you believe in paying them then? College athletes spend 75% of their time on the sport they are participating in. They are constantly overworked and pushed through routines that are on professional levels. Not only are they participating in sports but also attending the school. They are still students but they miss that extra time that other students get to use to study and prepare for their classes.
High school is a time in which students are supposed to find themselves. A way they are able to do that is through sporting events. These events allow students to express themselves in a competitive way for their school. However in the past, there have been so many regulations set upon them, that hardly anyone wants to participate anymore. Students need to be able to express themselves in the student section for the better of the team, high school, and student body.
School athletics have always been a tremendous extracurricular activity, used to allow students to be involved at school. However when it becomes a requirement, it can be counterproductive to the student. Although some people believe that athletics should be required, the integration of mandatory athletics will set students up for failure. The requirement for participation in school athletics may solve the problem of childhood obesity. In a study lead by Nelson Toben, Toben states that “Participation in youth sport has a modest, positive association with adult physical activity and exercise habits.” Although this is true, not all children are athletes and this may set them up for failure in that given sport..
Especially popular amongst teens, athletics are a big part of American high schools. For umpteen students, sports are their main reason of enjoyment and willingness to go to school. Although sports consume time and take away funding from academics; schools should increase interest in sports, because they encourage healthy habits and give non athletes and schools something to be proud of. As important as sports are for many, some people believe sports are not beneficial. For example, they argue they take away too much money from academics.
Most college athletes risk their lives for the sport they love, as well as for the reputation of their school. They do this in hopes of going to the next level whether it be being drafted in the NFL, NBA, or MLB. These student-athletes strive for a future life in sports and a shot in the big time all while keeping a steady academic record to be eligible to participate in sports. This ensures high scores for the athletes which in turn will bring a better reputation for the school and then bring in a profit. They play these sports which cause injury to a large percentage of players and they do so without being ensured in health because most of these players are young and just starting out in their life so they probably don’t have the funds to invest into insurance; this in mind, the school should at the very least provide a form of healthcare coverage for the student-athletes who are committed and cannot afford it.
For many years, schools around the nation have focused on sports instead of their academic studies. Many studies show that these activities are harming places of learning. Therefore, districts around the country should stop this after class past time to save money, reduce the child’s stress, and to increase the learners grades As many Americans know, money can help to achieve a great education. In an article “Should Your School Get Rid of Sports”, it was found that “many schools can not afford to repair classrooms due to the lack of funding”(Ripley 10).The biggest events the schools have to pay for are the games, they have to pay for the concession stands, to clean up after the kids who leave their trash and they have to repair the bleachers
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Being a student in high school is hard. Being a student at Minnetonka High School is even harder. Minnetonka is a unique place where being a “nerd” is cool and students compete to see who can get the most volunteer hours. MHS students are bombarded with expectations from their parents, teachers and peers to excel both in and out of the classroom. In order to meet these expectations, many student have to sacrifice sports and other extracurricular activities that they love in order to keep up with their demanding schoolwork.
Schools have been providing sports for years, and had students enjoying them with their families and friends. According to many people they want to get rid of sports to focus on their academic skills than athletic skills to help them in the real world with businesses. Therefore, schools should shut down sports to cut down their bills, bring up teacher salaries, and have more educational programs to help them succeed in their business life. Although Schools are always trying to raise money for superior tools in class, it would help if the school closed down the athletics to gain more money for academic needs. If they shut down the school sports they would be able to have more students passing classes and getting better grades that would help with their schooling (Ripley 10).