Do High Schools put too much emphasis on Athletics?
There have been widespread arguments that emphasis on athletics in high schools has detrimental effect on academic performance. However, many proponents of this claim lack any support from empirical evidence on the issue. An examination of numerous literatures on the effects of sports in high schools and academic performance dismisses the claim extensively. Indeed, athletics in high schools have no detraction effect on the academic achievement (Gorman, 2010). Furthermore, available evidence indicates that athletics in high schools ends to improve academic performance and increase the graduation rates.
The question on whether athletics programs in high schools affect academic performance has attracted extensive debate (Bowen & Greene, 2012). There have been extensive reforms in high school education whereby policymakers have aimed at attaining empirical and numerical gains. Therefore, high school athletes are required to attain a certain set minimum GPA and ACT scores. This has led to reduced levels of students involved in athletics failing to graduate. Additionally, there has been a trend towards improved academic performance among high school athletes in an attempt to retain their participation in athletics.
Participation in athletics for students in high school is an important determinant of synergy in education (Gorman, 2010). There are valuable life skills learnt through athletics whose application in academic work brings about very positive outcomes. Indeed, many high schools have emphasized on the importance of participation in athletics for this reason. School heads and other stakeholders regard participation in athletics as a way of encouraging learners to work harder in their academic work. Additionally, athletics are an important way of engaging parents and the community in general on school activities. The developmental importance of athletics has led to the intensified emphasis on participation.
Bowen, H. D. & Greene, J.P. (2012). Does Athletic Success Come at the Expense of Academic Success? University of Arkansas.
Gorman, D. (2010). The Effect of Athletic Participation on Academic Achievement for High School in Eastern Tennessee. The Faculty of the School of Education, Liberty University.