Some friends of mine who teach say that athletics are part of the problem in their schools and that athletics, and other extracurricular activities, should be handled through the community.1
I used to feel the same way as my friends, wondering what value athletics have in high school. After reading this piece by Michael Lewis I see what they could be, and perhaps what they were intended to be: ways to turn children into grownups during a time when they need it most.
Is it a stretch to assume that if it weren’t for the school system handling extracurricular activities then they wouldn’t occur at all? Besides, isn’t the school system part of the community? ↩