Very little is written about the role of athletics and its affects on the academics in the school curriculum. The former, it appears, often overtakes the academics in importance.


Very little is written about the role of athletics and its affects on the academics in the school curriculum. The former, it appears, often overtakes the academics in importance.

Athletes receive much attention in the school setting. Meanwhile, educators write about teacher necessity to focus upon the academic subject matter areas in the classroom. Mandated No Child Left Behind (NCLB) tests emphasize testing students in reading, mathematics and science.

A major question arises, “Does the strong focus on athletics minimize attention being paid to the academics?” Competitive high school athletics provide much entertainment for people in society. This is true for football and basketball, in particular. The eyes are upon each participant. The self concept here, no doubt, is developed thoroughly.

High school classmates not on these teams may wait eagerly for the next exciting game to come. Others may not be interested in athletics and feel left out. A top student in history, biology or physics, for example, might receive little or no recognition.

After high school graduation, what happens to students who have put all or almost all of their eggs in a basket with heavy emphasis upon athletic endeavors in school and at home? For those who excel in athletic endeavors, this is admiral. But enough leeway needs to exist to participate fully in academic course work.

Many, no doubt, are called but few are chosen to make their calling in coaching or playing professional athletics. A student needs to leave all options open in case the chosen one is closed.

Competitive athletics does provide for individual differences among learners. To be an outstanding athlete is one intelligence, among others.

Those who follow in non-academic skills also have highly important roles to perform in society such as being competent plumbers, carpenters, carpet installers and automobile mechanics, among others. Quality workers are needed in many essential fields of endeavor in the societal arenas. Thus, technical education is also important.

— Sincerely,

Marlow Ediger,

North Newton