should high schools have sports?

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    with the budget cuts facing schools and general lack of non-sports related extra curricular activities, I have been seeing stories about schools dropping sports programs or at least considering it.

    Personally, I am torn on the issue as I couldn't care less about sports now, but I did play them from age 6 through high school year round and played football in high school. While knowing how to block, run, shoot, etc doesn't really help me now except in pick up games, I did learn a lot of life lessons from sports.

    Handling diversity (losing, playing a shitty game, being criticized by coaches and other players, etc), learning how to be on a team and deal with a diverse set of other people, working hard to reach a goal, etc are were good lessons learned, but I think I could have also learned them being on any other sort of academic team as well. Those academic teams may have also taught me things I would be using now.
     
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    Unquestionably.

    If school districts want to cut things that cost a lot of money and produce few results for the kids, they should start with the overpaid administrators and bureaucrats.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Football and basketball teams bring in $$ to the schools, and help support the other less "popular" sports.

    Kids are fat and lazy enough as it is, taking away more physical activites won't help the matter!

    I agree with Dude, WAY TOO MANY over paid administrators and other paper pushers.

    Don't take away music, art or gym either, which a lot of schools with $$ issues are doing too.
     
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    I agree with Dude and EZ. I'd say a good 1/4 or more of kids in HS carry a 'C' or better just to play on a sport or participate in other EC activities. Without those, many non-social kids wouldn't bother showing up.
     
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    Absolutely. In addition to being good for physical health (and fun), sports teaches young men and women things in life they could never get out of books.

    Among these sports, football is the greatest.

    Signed,

    A former high school football player who is a legend in his own mind.
     
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    We just dropped freshman and middle school sports. Not a big deal because we have a good rec program in town. Sports are important but over valued in some areas in my opinion. Can't stand preferential treatment of athletes and I'm certain it happens everywhere.
     
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    Keep sports and kill Art, Music
     
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    While I'm no great sports fan, I do think sports and PE classes serve a good purpose and should be kept for reasons stated above. I do think that some frivolous and/or misplaced classes should be done away with and replaced with the arts classes that used to give students a well-rounded experience. I think it's also true that some administrators and bureaucrats should be done away with ... as well as inept teachers.
     
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