The Case Against High School Sports Funding In America

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After reading " The Case Against High School Sports" by Amanda Ripley started to make me think. There were many strong points about how the priorities of the sports are beginning to be more important to students than their education. Another great point was that the financing and budgeting is unfairly distributed throughout school districts and is spent more on athletics and clubs and not enough on classes. And I Believe that schools should put certain restrictions on the spending and promoting or in school sports and clubs because of the major drop in national and world comparisons.
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S. students now rank 22nd instead of 19th. And most shocking, they fell from 10th to 20th in reading (Parker,2). If you compare American schools to other renowned top schools world wide such as in Europe and Asia you would see a remarkable difference with the amount of time and money spent on sports. Ripley stated that one football player costs about $1,300 a player. Math, by contrast, cost just $618 a student. And the school district could save $150,000 in one year with cutting school sports and extracurriculars (Ripley,3). Our Johnston School District also has a large price as our state's Athletic Director Gary Ross:
When you get to the issue of budgets there is really two parts to them. The general budget which is what the school district per say pays towards coaches salaries, transportation, and event workers. Coaches salaries are normally $120,000, transportation would be $50,000, and event workers can be around $5,000 - $10,000. Then the other part of the budget is the sports income, which is money from booster clubs, participation from other schools, and admissions, and it comes to roughly $120,000. Which goes out to uniforms, the athletic trainer, equipment and our participation at other school events. (Ross)
It should be that if a school is struggling financially to provide for the school district , it should have an immediate plan to cancel athletics to save or help the school make a comeback because after all we go to school to learn not to play sports.
Now some might say that sports and clubs are a great way to grow and learn about teamwork and time management skills, but during the course of gathering information throughout the project I encountered something way different. When interviewing Freshman Paige Katherine from Urbandale who is on the Varsity bowling team, JV softball, and volleyball team what her views were on high school sports she said, "Although sports are a great way to meet new people and make friends I struggled with maintaining my 4.0 GPA and it overloaded me with stress. I plan to stop playing softball and volleyball next year just to help me focus on what needs to get done (Kathrine). Of course I got some other very different answers as well, but out of the 6 people I interviewed all agreed it was struggle to balance their sport, school, and family life. On top of the interviews there was a new study which focused on 18 groups, the various combinations of three racial designations (black, white and Hispanic), three geographic...

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