Parents knicks extracurricular exercise?
High school athletes spend a lot of time practicing and playing games. Parents and coaches say sports can enhance personality and team spirit. But does exercise take too much time to leave the classroom? Author Amanda Ripley (Amanda Ripley) in a recent article on The “Atlantic” (The Atlantic) article proposed to The free movement of reason She and her parents Dani Tucker and Glenn Ivey join host Michel Martin.
MICHEL MARTIN, host:
I’m michelle Martin, and this is more from NPR news. They say they need a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms and dads in your corner. Every week, we check their common sense and savvy advice with a variety of parents. Today, as most of the students are swinging at school, we decided to talk about high school sports. And any football, football or hockey mom or dad is very understand, competition for children and their families is a huge commitment – in practice and game, time spent on the equipment and a large number of tank. For many students, sports, like American math or history, are an important part of the American school experience.
But writer Amanda Ripley says it may be time to rethink. Amanda ripley has been studying student performance issues around the world and, as part of the survey, studied the role of high school sports. Ripley recently in a paper entitled “against” a case of high school sports wrote, americans each high school athletes more taxes than high school math students, and high school sports more than most other developed countries. As a result, she argues, it is no coincidence that many of these countries have overtaken the us in the education rankings. Amanda Ripley is with us now. She is the author of “the smartest kid in the world” and the mother of a son. Welcome, thank you very much for joining us.
AMANDA RIPLEY: thanks for having me.
Martin: and the two of us who often participate in our parenting conversations. Dani Tucker is the founder of the fitness company and the founder of two moms, including a son playing high school football. Glen ivey is a lawyer and six fathers, including five boys, several of whom play competitive sports. Welcome back to all of you.
GLENN IVEY: thank you.
DANI TUCKER: thank you.
Martin: so, Amanda ripley, let’s start with you. You write, quote, the way sports are embedded in American schools, they’re hardly anywhere else. What’s wrong with that?
RIPLEY: I don’t think there’s one, and when I started to focus on the American teenagers and other countries with higher education systems, these kids immediately noticed. They noticed that sport is not a big deal here. The children played sports, but separated from the school. When I surveyed hundreds of exchange students who went to school, school and school in the United States, nine out of ten said that sport is more important to American children than to children at home.
And I think it’s just a representative of the fog of school. So I am not opposed to sports, but combining it with the mission of our school, we have a President must consider whether the teacher before hiring teachers can do coach, this is a very unusual power that is worth to reconsider, our children need to know in the modern economic development.
Martin: you have listed some case studies, one of the special let me fascinated by the Texas a rural school district, because of financial mismanagement and lack of academic achievement, the district really will close. Where did the supervision of radical decision is considered to be closed high school sports program, so that he can be reprogrammed to these dollars to other things, but he noticed something else. He says the classroom behavior has improved, the number of fights has decreased, and students have more involvement. Why is that?
RIPLEY: it’s amazing. It’s hard to undo.
Martin: that’s because I think most people think it’s completely counterintuitive.
RIPLEY: that’s right.
Martin:… Because one of the reasons people say they want their children to play sports is that their time will be organized. They will feel tired at the end of the day. They don’t have time to cause a ruckus, so.
RIPLEY: that’s right. No, obviously, exercise, running is a very important study, of course. No doubt about it. Where you do it, how you do it, how high the priority is, that’s where the conversation should take place. The manager who had never before thought of doing anything was to sit down and actually add up the cost, the economy and the psychology of sports. And he found that they spent $1, 300 a season in the small town, and $618 per student. So they’re spending more than twice as much. And he also wants to send a signal to other changes, he is doing first priority is to get the kids in math, reading and science for strict work, and all this is carried out before the football.
Martin: dany, talk about – why don’t you balance on this issue. When you hear this person, what’s your reaction — you know, you have a fitness career now. I mean, this is your second career, and you have a son who plays soccer. I think you think this is a very positive experience. What do you think about that?
TUCKER: definitely a positive experience. I mean, for us, sports is education. That’s part of the value of our education system. In other countries, they have no chance to become a professional athlete like you. Therefore, for our children, the pursuit of sports is a career motivation for them, because they are trying to become professional athletes. In this country, you can do this, it’s a very profitable profession, you know. So, you know, for me, first of all, this is a little bit, you know.
The second point is – just like we did – we use education to supplement – I mean, sports to attract our children into education, well, because we are a lot of little league seize the opportunity to not only teach children who have suffered, but to use it – I see many coaches use their sports teach their children the math, science, in particular, when they are learning their scripts. There’s a lot of education involved in sports. You’re not just hanging out. You must learn your craft, just as a doctor must learn his craft, or a lawyer must learn his craft. Athletes must learn their craft. So I think, sometimes, we don’t emphasize sports education. We’re not talking about that.
Martin: sure, ok. What about you, glen? You have a big focus group, because you have kids – six kids and five boys – they all have different interests, they all play very different sports. What do you think about that?
Ivy: well, you know, I have a mixed reaction. I am a – but believe it or not, I am an athlete at least in school. And I found it to be…
Martin: actually we are. Everyone in the conversation included Amanda, a high-school soccer player.
IVEY: yes. Football, yes. I found it to be a mixed bag. I mean, on the one hand, you know, for the person on your team — of course he’s taking calculus — and of course, this reaction is unusual. And sometimes there is pressure to put academics aside, instead of focusing on the sport and giving the team the time they want. On the other hand, I agree with dany that bill Bradley has written a book called “the value of games,” which I think is the same in Amanda’s article.
There are a lot of positive things – teamwork, perseverance, you know, automatic lessons from sports that are hard to replicate elsewhere. But, you know, I think in general, we might have – especially – we should also talk about different types of schools – but in some ways we’re definitely going to overemphasize sports.
Martin: in the black community – I mean, why don’t we say our true meaning – yes, you know, there are also part of a race, I think a lot of people think black boys in particular – black boys are led into sports, sometimes hurt their achievements in other ways, I think you will also see latino boy. In some sports, I think that’s what everyone thinks. Boys, especially boys in the background, especially…
IVEY: I actually think it’s more extensive than that.