“Sports are a big thing here” says Jenny, a student who moved to America from South Korea. (Ripley, Amanda. “The Case against School Sports.” The Atlantic. 4 November 2013.) Well that’s for sure! America’s high-school academic scores are lower than they’ve ever been before, but instead of worrying about that they’re sitting around worried about which team is going to win the next big game.
There are all types of different sports in schools all over the country. Basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, football, tennis, etc. In all of these sports in their own way, the players get special treatment. For example, Jenny says her high-school have days when the teams dress up in Hawaiian clothes or pajamas just because they’re the soccer team! (Ripley, Amanda. “The Case against School Sports.” The Atlantic. 4 November 2013.) In Unicoi County Schools, students who play a sport also get special privileges, whether it be getting away with dress code violations, leaving school early, academics or whatever. Teachers are more lenient with the athletes, and that’s not fair! There is also a policy in the student handbook that states, if you miss a day of school and you don’t have a legitimate excuse, you don’t get your work for that day and receive a zero. Although it is strongly enforced, some teachers will give an athlete who was absent an extra grade or change a failing grade to passing, so that zero doesn’t affect their grade. That is why they don’t give a crap because they don’t have to. Especially if they’re good at sports! While there are lots of students who work a job almost every day and have to work their selves to death just to make a B average. Teachers will give an athlete that extra point for a passing grade just so they can run in their meet, or play in their game that night before they’ll give it to the student that tries hard every day to make an A. Maybe if all students were treated equally instead of reverse discrimination with the athletes, more students would study harder to make better grades an actually attend school. Unicoi County School District has a policy of when students are eligible and ineligible to play sports, but it’s definitely not enforced. The worst punishment they receive is to sit out one game. That’s about as useless as making a 20 year-old stand in the corner.
Attendance is another reason school sports should not be allowed in schools. “Oh they had a late ballgame last night and they’re tired. They get to come in an hour late to school tomorrow.” Wah! Hello people! You’ve also got another student working an almost full-time job who didn’t get off work until 12 a.m. last night! Are they excused to come in an hour late? Nope! Didn’t think so! Also not fair.
‘In spring of 2012, the state of Texas threatened to shut down Premont Independent School District for financial mismanagement and academic failure, Ernest Singleton suspended all sports.’ (Ripley, Amanda. “The Case against School Sports.” The Atlantic. 4...