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(The Atlantic)   Maybe, just maybe, high school athletics aren't killing academics after all   (theatlantic.com) divider line 10
    More: Interesting, high school sports, University of Arkansas, nominal fee, American high schools, Trinidad and Tobago, standardized test, negative relationship  
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2013-10-04 02:28:08 AM
4 votes:
This is an amazingly accurate headline for a reasonable and fair article, drawing few conclusions and advocating nothing more than further study, written by a scholar from a University with an infamously marginal sports program whose reputation was built on academics instead of athletic competition.

Why is it on Fark?
2013-10-04 05:43:16 AM
3 votes:

umadbro: I prefer to work with someone who has been an integral team player


So you prefer mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers over independant, creative, deviants?

Interesting choice.
2013-10-04 02:40:56 AM
2 votes:

Lenny_da_Hog: This is an amazingly accurate headline for a reasonable and fair article, drawing few conclusions and advocating nothing more than further study, written by a scholar from a University with an infamously marginal sports program whose reputation was built on academics instead of athletic competition.

Why is it on Fark?


Every once in a while one slips by. The admins might be drunk.
2013-10-04 01:05:58 PM
1 votes:
Is this where all the non-athletes try to convince themselves that it's okay to have been a failure at that because they're totally smart and athletes are dumb and athletics are a waste of time?

News flash: you're not smart, either - you got through school because they don't trim down classes based on intelligence the way they cut people from athletics.

There are a lot of dumb athletes and there are a lot of dumb people. At least the athletes have an incentive to show up to school, and therefore are more likely to be found actually showing up to class at the HS level.
2013-10-04 07:41:17 AM
1 votes:

nulluspixiusdemonica: umadbro: I prefer to work with someone who has been an integral team player

So you prefer mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers over independant, creative, deviants?

Interesting choice.


Independent, creative, deviants all think they're Albert Einstein.
They're not, and there's really no reason to have those people around.
2013-10-04 05:51:53 AM
1 votes:

Lenny_da_Hog: Darth_Lukecash: umadbro: Every industry is different. I prefer to work with someone who has been an integral team player. It makes it easier to trust someone who otherwise you know nothing about.

Would you include speech team, debate team? People in plays?

Orchestra? Band? Choir?


Only if they faced some serious adversity and had to find the guts to persevere despite anguish that made you want to quit every day, for months and months.....And I don't mean listening to amateur band or choir.
2013-10-04 05:40:58 AM
1 votes:
So, institutions bent on retaining athletes have inflated test scores and lower drop-out rates?

Shut the front door!
2013-10-04 03:35:09 AM
1 votes:
Massachusetts produces math scores comparable to South Korea and Finland, while Mississippi scores are closer to Trinidad and Tobago. Ripley's thesis about sports falls apart in light of this fact. Schools in Massachusetts provide sports programs while schools in Finland do not. Schools in Mississippi may love football while in Tobago interscholastic sports are nowhere near as prominent.


Well, I'm convinced.  A state with some of the best colleges in the US produces scores similar to countries where parents beat their underperforming children and feed them rotting cabbage or a country where there is nothing the fark to do but look at reindeer and be on the internet or study.

A state where most white people think repealing slavery was a bad idea produces scores similar to a couple of resource-free islands whose surface area is smaller than Ted's Montana Grill holdings.  Even if someone was to fly that far south for vacation, they'd go to Aruba.  What is the main income source for Trinidad and Tobago?  Their GDP is $26 billion per year.  The US is spending half of that doing nothing every day.

Bah.  You can't be an athlete spending three hours of practice a day after school and be a good academic any more than you can spend three hours reading a day and somehow be a good athlete.  You have to practice what you want to be good at. Practice won't guarantee you'll be good, but lack of practice guarantees you won't.
2013-10-04 02:25:56 AM
1 votes:

Darth_Lukecash: umadbro: Every industry is different. I prefer to work with someone who has been an integral team player. It makes it easier to trust someone who otherwise you know nothing about.

Would you include speech team, debate team? People in plays?


Orchestra? Band? Choir?
2013-10-04 02:12:54 AM
1 votes:

umadbro: Every industry is different. I prefer to work with someone who has been an integral team player. It makes it easier to trust someone who otherwise you know nothing about.




Would you include speech team, debate team? People in plays?
 
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