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  • Too much high school sports?

    WBUR - 12/04/2014

    In his 1910 essay on “The American Boy“, Theodore Roosevelt wrote about the value of athletics, specifically football, and the lessons that sports can teach. He said, “in life, as in a football game, the principal to follow is: hit the ground hard; don’t foul and don’t shirk, but hit the line hard.” Words to live by for millions of American high school athletes.

    Or maybe not. Because those words provoke a question: what is the value of high-school sports? Before you answer, consider this: unlike most countries worldwide, the United States spends more tax dollars per high-school athlete than it does per high school math student. And we wonder why we lag in international education rankings?

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