January 23rd, 2012
01:30 PM ET

Cutting athletics to focus on academics

CNN education contributor Steve Perry weighs in on one school district's decision to cut athletics to focus on academics.

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  1. Ernesto

    all schools of all education levels should stop sports programs,especially those that require expensive gear like football and hockey.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  2. Keith

    IFF there absolutely needs to be a choice, the clearly cutting athletics in favor of academics is the right thing to do. However, thinking that our society should be having to cut either shows how far our system of American values has crumbled.

    I was never part of athletics in school, but I do recognize that it "can" be an excellent channel for building character IFF the coaches place character building as the first priority of the athletic program. Some coaches do an excellent job of making that the first priority, while other do a great disservice to students by making winning the first priority. Trying to win is very important, but it should be second to maintaining good character.

    Our local high school football league has a mix of both types of coaches. We have one head coach who is the winningest coach in the county, but he does an excellent job of places character ahead of winning. If even his star player is caught breaking the rules (smoking, drinking, being disrespectful in class, etc), that player is benched even if it is the most important game of the season. The coach has actually done just that a few times. He makes the point that it was the player who let the team down, NOT the coach for benching the player.

    We also, unfortunately, have a couple coaches in the high school league that will do anything and everything to win.
    That sets an incredibly bad example for the students on their team. These coaches will even have their players pursue injuring players on the other team. Since this is high school level sports, there should be rules that ultimately result in such coaches being banned from high school sports.

    January 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  3. Hali

    I think its a terrible idea because kids love sports and need exercise, so taking away sports might cause kids to not do very well in school.

    January 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • KeninTexas

      I disagree with you. The outragous costs of many school programs is crazy. If you're worried about the kids not getting enough exercise, and you do have a point on that, bring back the old fashioned phys ed classes. But ditch the high cost of the sports programs. The main purpose of school is education, not exercise or sports.

      January 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
  4. Andrew

    i think that eliminating sports would actually make kids do worse in school because with sports (and other after school activities) the athletes need to keep their grades up and if the after school activities were not there than the athletes would not have any motivation to get the grades they need. Also, if sports are eliminated, it would most likely increase the crime rate and obesity issues that we already face in the world today

    January 24, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
  5. Ellen

    I remain unclear as to how during my school years, our district had sports, art, music, all with fewer administrators, lower property taxes, and it all worked. I am a big fan of athletics/music/art in schools, and believe that all of these are valuable in providing a well-rounded academic experience during K-12 years.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  6. Sydnee

    I think they should keep sports in school because it will keep students healthy.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  7. Brittany Flinn

    I think that if you cut sports you will be cutting some students motorvation to do well

    January 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  8. Alyssa Avarado

    In opinon, to cut sports is like cutting out the fruit from school lunches. Students, as youth, have alot of energy and we need something to stimulate our minds to getting us going. For some students, academics is a very big challengefor them, but sports may be their own motivation to get good grades in order to perform in sports. Cutting sports may take away the push they need to excel in academics. Some students need these sports fo time issues and schedule issues. Now they may be out doing things they shouldn't to kill time, and as youth, we can be very influenced to do wrong. If students aren't doing well, who's to say it isn't the teachers not doing their jobs right? The ISD needs to consider every view point and think about a students opinion. Even though most people wish students would commit, but in reality, there is always students that aren't.

    January 24, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  9. kevin

    I think that if schools cut sports it wouldn't be a good idea because students do sports for something to do and to stay out of trouble during the school year plus the grades would be good because if the students that do sports and are not doing good in class wouldn't be able to play until the grades are up. I know this because I'm one though student that do sports and if my grades aren't up i cant play and sports are the really only things do to around where I'm from.

    January 24, 2012 at 9:58 am |
  10. Hanna Jennings

    i think cutting athletics would be very bad, but would help students grades. i know when i was involded in sports i didn't have as much time as i used to, to do my homework and think about school.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
  11. Omar

    Where can I watch the rest of this video?

    January 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm |