The Case Against High-School Sports

Sports and physical exercise are crucial to health and development, but where should educational institutions draw the line between pushing sports-related and academic/other activities? The U.S. (and Australia as well) have a deep-rooted culture of fanatical sports team followings, all the way from blanket media coverage, to idolizing sportspeople, to widespread commercial endorsements. The spatial ability to throw objects around, placed on a pedestal with little moderation.

So much of our cultural identity and self-value is tied up in sports-culture, but to what end? In some cases, it IS a zero-sum game. With little exception, everything we see and use on a daily basis, online and off, was originally created by an engineer, scientist, craftsman, or other skilled individual, not an entertainer (which is what sportspeople essentially are). It’s an unpopular stance to take, but our country’s prosperity and future rely on critical and constructive skills.

“Even in eighth grade, American kids spend more than twice the time Korean kids spend playing sports, according to a 2010 study published in the Journal of Advanced Academics. In countries with more-holistic, less hard-driving education systems than Korea’s, like Finland and Germany, many kids play club sports in their local towns—outside of school. Most schools do not staff, manage, transport, insure, or glorify sports teams, because, well, why would they? … The difference is that 93 percent of South Korean students graduate from high school, compared with just 77 percent of American students—only about 2 percent of whom receive athletic scholarships to college.”

The Case Against High-School Sports

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