166.  Why do you think sports are more important?  Why are sports a top priority in the schools (vs. Academic Achievement)? 


In the United States, schools have many functions.  One of their primary functions is to educate academically ALL students that attend a school.   Education to enhance the mental capacity of our students. But schools also need to educate ALL students emotionally, socially, aesthetically, morally, physically, spiritually, and civically –if I may use this last word to mean Civics education or education to become a responsible and involved citizen.   Some private schools may also educate students religiously.  

Sports fall within the realm of Physical Education.   In our society, ALL citizens should know about how to keep their physical well-being and sports make a significant contribution to the development of physically fit citizens.   Today we know that our mental and our physical well-being are BOTH essential to our normal development as human beings.  So, I feel that sports ARE and should be a priority in our schools. 

Sports also fall, in my opinion, within the realm of motivation and interest.   A sports-motivated student may stay in school because s(he) enjoys the opportunity to do physical activities.   Students may develop an interest in sports that may help them in the future persist in their studies leading to employment opportunities within the world of sports. 

Now, each person should have their own opinions and preferences and you may strongly believe and support the idea that the mental development of students is MORE important than their physical well-being.   I respect your judgment. 

In matters of VALUES, there is NO RIGHT or WRONG.   Thus, we need to find out certain facts about our young people in our society that may help us determine which judgment may be strongly supported by these facts.   For example, I feel strongly that sports are extremely important because of the crisis we have today in terms of the obesity of our children, youth and adult populations in this country.  I certainly do not wish to see MORE young people –eventually MORE adults—far exceeding their healthy weights.  I strongly support school sports as a high priority among the many functions of our schools today.  



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