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Sitkowski Lee S. “The Effects of Participation of Athletics on Academics Performance Among High School Sophomores and Juniors.”Liberty University, June 2008. Web 30 March 2014

            In this essay athletics and academics has been studied over the years. No consensus has been reached regarding the impact of athletic participation on academic performance at a high school level. As a result the relationship between the in season and out of season school academic performance of sophomores and juniors determined that there were a significant relationship that existed between academic performance measured by GPA and athletic participation. Through an analysis it was found that athletic participation had a positive impact on academic performance .There have been a number of researches to determine the relationship between athletics and academics. Academically successful student athletes appeared to be able to respond to the increased demands and transfer the qualities of hard work, discipline and perseverance traits necessary for successful athletic performance to their academic lives. For these students academics and athletics complemented and reinforced one another. The “dumb jock” on the other hand stereotyped remains prevalent. The student athlete was often not seen as serious students. The stereotype and intrinsic and extrinsic gratification they receive for their athletic ability, makes it easier to prioritize athletics above academic. When students are expected to fill multiple roles, they can experience role strains in which commitment to one role destracts from the commitment to another.

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High School Coach Tells Football Team, 'Don't Go to Study Hall, You Don't Play' | PBS NewsHour

High School Coach Tells Football Team, 'Don't Go to Study Hall, You Don't Play' | PBS NewsHour | High School Athletics vs. Academics | Scoop.it
Natalie Randolph is one of the first women to head a high school football team, but to her students she is more than a coach. At Coolidge High School in Washington, Coach Randolph prioritizes academics by ensuring athletes attend study hall before practice. Jeffrey Brown talks to Randolph about success on and off the field. Continue reading →
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Randolph, Natalie. Interview with Jeffrey Brown.” High School Coach Tells Football Team, ‘Don’t Go to Study Hall, You Don’t Play.” PBS.org. PBS NEWSHOUR, 20 Nov. 2012 Web. 26 March 2014.

            One of the first female to head coach a high school football teams is much more than a coach. She prioritizes academics by ensuring athletes attends study hall before practice. She is very focused on winning but also is very clear about staying and excelling in school. She preaches academics comes first and she let the students know that they want play football forever and must be prepared to live life. She also tells the kids they must become a whole person and to be smart on and off the field by studying and analyzing things. She also makes them aware of how colleges  have hundreds of applicants  to choose from that are just as big, stronger and fast as them and that character and academic is going to be the key to separation. Players are required to attend a one hour and 15 minute study hall Monday through Thursday. This program is at  Coolie High School  in Washington that is clearly inner city. THE mayor even commented that “You need to have a full array of opportunities that are going to attract kids”, and later goes to say “ interscholastic athletics like this is one of the best dropout and truancy prevention programs they could possibly have.”

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Does Athletic Success Come at the Expense of Academic Success? - Education Next

Does Athletic Success Come at the Expense of Academic Success? - Education Next | High School Athletics vs. Academics | Scoop.it
It is a common refrain that athletics have assumed an unhealthy priority in our high schools, but data show that high schools that devote more energy to sports also produce higher test scores and higher graduation rates.
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Greene, Jay. “ Does Athletic Success Come at the Expense of Academic Success?”. 6 February 2013: n. pag. Web 24 March 2014.

            Athletic success is often believed to come at the expense of academic success. However in the article Jay Greene presents data to disprove these claims. After conducting an analysis of high schools in Ohio, Greene’s research showed that “schools that gave priority to athletics success also tend to produce more academic success.” The research also showed “ that higher rates of athletics success and participation were associated with schools having higher overall test scores and higher educational attainment.” However the article did not state the economic background for the communities of the analyzed schools. It could be presumed that these schools are located in high economic areas and have the funds to provide resources to promote higher educational standards as well as a successful athletic program. Economics is a key factor in the success of athletics and academics but more so with academics. Schools with successful athletic programs can sometimes generate funds to promote stronger athletics and in turn funnel down to the academics.

           

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“Fitchburg Debates Athletics vs. Academics.”Newspaper Article.online.Telegram & Gazette,16

            September 2004.Web. 19 September 2004

                        The debate over athletics over academics is  such a great debate. This debate raises the question  whether or not  education or athletic is more important or of equal balance. In this particular school Fitchburg, it was such a shock to know that an athlete is only required to pass four out of five core academics. The athletic side thought this was a great . The Academic side of the committee though it was “ludicrous” and that school needed to revise that policy and raise the academic standards .One of the pro side of the debate was that at risk students who have no other reason to attend school other than athletics benefits from the policy. What was funny to me is that it was argued that if academics standards were raised, it would force these students to work harder in the classroom, but more likely the kids would never even show up, dropping out of high school and thus ruining any chance at a solid future. For some students the realization that the real world is coming up fast awakens them to the importance of an education. It was made aware that the word Student comes before athlete in srudent-athlete for a reason. Academics are the main reason schools are in business, and athletics are a privilege and an extension to the classroom. Id=f students can not put forth the effort necessary to maintain a higher standard, then it should be argued that they have no place on the athletic field or arena.

 

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In the Zone: Midwood Highschool's Athletics & Academics

From Brooklyn Independent Television's 'In the Zone.' Episode 42. Brooklyn's Midwood Highschool's student athletes fill us in on how they successfully balanc...
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“Midwood  Highschool’s Athletics & Academics.” In the zone. BKindependent TV.Brooklyn New York,26 Oct.2009. Television

            This clip showed how diversity and well balanced lifestyles played in athletics and academics. This school had 95 varsity teams where all student athletes achieved academically. The school is located right next to Brooklyn College. The school has a beautiful architectural design in which the students feel good about attending and give them a sense of pride about attending. The school has state of the art science facilities. Students stated that they feel like a part of a family at the school. This school has programs where students help each other achieve academically. The school has produced back to back championships in multiple sports and has kids from all over the city wanting to attend and be a part of the programs. The administration has created a mixed blend of balance to create a successful academic and athletic program. The concept of the Administration is always academics first.

 

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AASA :: Righting the Balance in the Athletics-Academics Equation

AASA :: Righting the Balance in the Athletics-Academics Equation | High School Athletics vs. Academics | Scoop.it
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Beam, Kate. Aasa.org. The School Administrator.School administratoe, n.d. Web June 2006.

            This article by Kate Beam shows a side where the school system has failed the student by not promoting academics but athletics instead. Here it clearly shows how high school coaches played ineligible athletes on teams to compete in statewide tournaments. Coaches not only played the athletes, but had teachers to change the students’ grades and attendance records to cover the infractions. Investigations showed where some students missed 70, 80 days of school. This goes to show that sports are a big business in America and not just at the professional and college level. The article tells how many school district superintendents give oversight of interscholastic sports to athletic directors and coaches.  This case suggests the superintendant bears the ultimate responsibility. That should be, everyone follows the rules and that no one loses sight of a school’s No. 1 goal of educating students. It is true that sports offer their own supplementary educational benefits, but academics should come first. School districts need to clearly define the purpose for their athletic programs that sync with their overall mission statement. It should be required that athletes pass all their classes to be eligible to participate in sports

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Academics v. Athletics in High School

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In the wake of relentless pressure to improve or risk losing taxpayer support, public schools are faced with hard choices. The dilemma was recently on display at Herbert H. Lehman High School in the New York City school system. The football field at the Bronx campus is 20 yards too short for regulation contests ("At Bronx High School, Field Is 20 Yards Short of Being a Home," The New York Times, Jun. 16). As a result, the team has been forced to play all its games on the fields of other schools. This has created an obstacle in building school...
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Gardner, Walt. “Academics v. Athletics in High School.”Walt Gardner’s Reality Check.Education Week. 1 July 2011. Web 27 March 2014.

            The subject of academics versus athletics is a controversial topic whether in high school or college. In this article Walt Gardner discuss the controversy between academics as athletes in high school. Gardner begins talking about the issue of a New York High School who could not host football games. Their football field was 20 yards short of regulation. This became an issue for many parents and supporters. The Dept. of Educations allocated $15 million for renovations but the issue remained, due to the need for more land that was not available. The controversy here is the district gave money for an athletic that could have been used for academic needs. One of the arguments here is that athletic participation builds discipline, character and teamwork, which is true. But the same goals can also be achieved by Academics Decathlons. The second argument is that a strong, positive connection between athletic participation and academic achievement, which is partially true. The relationship depends on the type of sport and the background of the student involved.

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Athletics vs. Academics

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We are not doing student athletes a favor by admitting them into academic programs that they are not qualified for....
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Clark, Power. “ Athletics vs. Academics.” Huffington Post. N.p., 14 January 2014. WEB. 24 March 2014.

            Athletics seems to be more important than education for some schools. Many schools are interested in winning games more than they are ensuring their athletes actually obtain an education and graduate. It begins in high school when star athletes are pushed through without being able to read or perform on grade level. Money is also a key factor in this issue. Big name schools with winning athletic programs rake in millions of dollars every year. Bringing this money in means more to some college presidents and other key academics officials than whether the student athlete graduates. Some of this money is believed to be spent on tutors and other academic support. However this is not always enough when the student does not have academic background to make it through a tough academic program. There are tools in place to monitor and report on this subject as the APR ( Academic Progress Rate) and the CSRI (University of South Carolina’s Collegiate Sports Research Institute), but money and power usually overrides ethics and equality

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