We take sports for granted in North America and it is an ingrained aspect of our high school culture. Now a school board is looking to determine just what the role is for the athletics program in the district, and I think this is a great idea.
There have been several studies that have assessed the link between physical activity and higher test scores and attendance in school, but much less has been done on sports (or any after school program) and higher test scores. I applaud this district for undertaking the research to determine just what the culture of the sports program is, who is participating (or not participating) and just what the link is between participation and other quantifiable assessments such as test scores, GPA, etc.
The results of this should be illuminating, not only for the school district, but for others. Understanding what exactly occurs with the athletics program and the development of the students can lead to more funding, participation and appreciation for the role of athletics in high schools.
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