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In her new book, "The Smartest Kids in the World," Amanda Ripley, an investigative journalist, tells the story of Tom, a high-school student from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, who decides to spend his senior year in Wroclaw, Poland.

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Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 4:13 pm
Great article! Thanks for posting, Carrie. My mom used to complain about this way back in the 60's when I was in elem. school....had disagreements with her sister over this, because her sister wanted her kids involved with sports. Is this country brainwashed about sports....or is it just a viral epidemic that's swept the country and never stopped? In my opinion, it's quite testosterone-fed, which has never appealed to me--I always preferred my kids to excel in academia, although they did play soccer after school for a couple years.

David C (131)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 7:11 pm
I haven't read the article yet, but my answer would be "yes" based on the experience of watching my children go through......see this in our local community......sports sections filled with high-school sports, local community paper and magazines with pages and articles praising athletes....lots of emphasis on athletics in emails from principal during the year, but no mention of the fact one of the school's debaters was 2nd in state and national competitions or that math team was very competitive, etc......

of course, we see it all over.....never hear complaints about athletes needing to take pay cuts, but we hear about teachers "being too selfish" all the time.......or we hear about how college athletes "being taken advantage of" and needing to be paid despite the fact at some schools their athletic scholarships maybe similar to already getting $200K over 4 yrs...or more........etc.....

If we don't support academics and educational excellence who will, in the future, program our computers? who will heal our sick??? who will help stop the destructive effects of climate change????.....not the athletes (or other entertainers) I would argue.....

Jason S (50)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 7:35 pm
Good posting, thnaks

Carrie B (306)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 7:46 pm
And I say yes having watched our younger son and now his two sons. Both his boys are very athletic as well as being honor roll students, but their lives revolve around A.J.'s track and Peyton's baseball. They have even put Peyton in a different school so he plays on a better team that gets more recognition. He is 13 and in 8th grade. A.J. is a senior in high school. Evidently their coaches say they are scholarship material, so mom and dad center their family life around track and baseball.

I told my son that since both boys were honor students and have been all through school, they will probably get scholarships anyway!

I have always felt schools should have PE, but not organized team sports. That should be up to the individual towns and communities. Maybe then schools would actually have money to educate our children. Wow, what a concept ~ schools where children actually learn! Too much time and money is spent on athletic departments in both high school and college. College students have valuable monies taken from all academics to foot the bill for
sports ~ especially football and baseball.

I totally agree with you both Lois and Dave. Not all children are both good students and good athletes ~ school is to to make them all good students!

Sheila D (194)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 8:25 pm
It's strange that when cuts are asnnounced that sports are never on the table. Music and band, after-school activities, head start, lunch programs, teacher's pay...not coaches though. Seems our schools have thier priorities screwed up.
Here the sprts coaches take pride that all students have a chance tomake the youngest made the football team in sophomore year. He didn't play in one game, even the games I could get to, his coach didn't let him play. One in paticular, the team was ahead and my son couldn't have lost them the game...seems the coach would let everybody on the team but only the same ones would actually play every week. Love the lessons taught by team sports. My son quit after I had been there the third time - he walked off the field, went home with me, and the coach hadn't even noticed until the next day's practice.

Patricia H. (440)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 1:06 am

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 2:16 am

Mari 's (1356)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 3:42 am
Noted. Wish schools would focus more on working the mind and thinking. We need more brain workers not body workers.

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Sunday September 8, 2013, 5:41 am

Cyn F (137)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 6:07 am
Thought provoking...thanks, Carrie, for the post.

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 8:35 am
Great article. Read and Noted. I believe that sports became a tradition from way back. Players on teams had to work on their grades to stay on a team. But not all students are athletic, but are more studious.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 9:02 am
So, what do you do after you've blown a rotator cuff; mangled an Achilles tendon or knee? The majority will have nothing. Sure you make a million dollars a season but after investments and business costs Uncle Sam is going to take a nice chunk of change. If you have no degree to fall back on you're going to have to go back to school to get one. That takes time and money. Why not put the emphasis on scholastics in the first place? Welcome to the modern Coliseum.

Anne F (17)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 1:13 pm
town teams would give young people another set of adults to work with (so does community theatre and orchestra)

Sheri Schongold (7)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 1:37 pm
Thanks for the info. I think that the amount of money and time spent on the sports at the HS level has risen and become more important than school itself. We would be better off if the students were reminded just exactly what school is for. Not to play games, but to learn things. I know, many of the things we learn seem to be useless, but they really aren't. There are some schools that will go to almost any length to get the athletes on the field, even if their grades are iffy. We need to find another way, maybe thru the Town/City Recreation Dept, to give the kids a chance to play. We need to remember that when the kids play the sports, they aren't really playing for themselves, they are playing for the coach and their parents and if they have a problem, the parents throw tantrums. Same with Rec games, but at least that can be controlled. School sports cannot, neither can the parents.

Gerry W (0)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 3:58 pm
But sports are not good when schools try to cover up rapes by their teams like happened a while ago. Schools are for learning and becoming inteligent which seems to be forgotten now.

Twyla Sparks (208)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 8:10 pm

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Wednesday September 11, 2013, 5:53 pm
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