Coach Carter Essay

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As a student enters the gym doors of Smith-Cotton they can see various trophies from our athletic teams, along with our JROTC National Championship banners that hang up from the walls. One can see by the quality of our gym that our sports are a main part of our school, but as one wonders on into the hallways of our school, they can see how dull they are. By the plainness of the walls, there seems to be no life, in the JROTC hallway you see the trophy cabinet full of multiple national trophies and as you venture on you get to see images of what these teams do, along with the bulletin board that shows newspaper articles of the success of the program. But as you continue to walk toward the ...view middle of the document...

This will have a massive effect on their athlete’s school career, since only about five percent of athletes continue on playing professionally.
There are only a few coaches who happen to share the same belief as Carter, who believe that academic success comes before athletic success. Command Sergeant Major Randall Woods is one of those coaches who share the same belief, and has demonstrated to the members of his team that he is not going to hesitate in take a cadet out of the team if they are doing poorly in their academics. At the beginning of the school year he lets everyone know that they should take the sports such as drill and raiders seriously, but that they should not put their grades aside. For anyone one who joins the JROTC program their number one priority should be their “Academics, academics, academics”, as CSM Woods would say.
Being involved in a sport, is not harmful, it becomes harmful to an athlete when they begin to forget their priorities. In fact, Daniel H. Bowen and Collin Hitt mention in the article “ High School Sports Aren’t Killing High School Academic” that “, reducing or eliminating these opportunities would most likely deprive disadvantaged students of the benefits from athletic participation, not least of which is the opportunity to interact with positive role models outside of regular school hours.” Therefore fewer students would be involved in school and would probably go out on the street. In the film Coach Carter, one can see this effect on one of the members of Carter’s team, as Timo Cruz begins to surround himself around negative influences on the streets.
A common issue with placing sports over academics is that more money is spent on sports than on student’s education. Steven Conn mentions in the article “In College Classrooms, the Problem Is High-School Athletics” that “the growth of high-school athletics over the past generation has necessarily meant fewer resources devoted to academics, especially in the zero-sum budgetary environment of so many...

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