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August 27, 2006

Football heresy in Texas

Filed under: cultural values, education priorities, High School, sports — texased @ 10:57 am

I’m not against paying football coaches for more hours but this justification is ridiculous.

Texas football coaches winning the wage war over teachers:

“And the return on the investment of football coaches is well worth it,” Neeley said. “I know Coach Aymond doesn’t make enough for what he does. Just look at how many scholarships he’s gotten kids over the years.”North Shore has had 36 players earn Division I-A college football scholarships this decade. Texas sends hundreds of football players to top programs across the country every year.

So four kids a year get a scholarship from football? How does that compare with the AP Calculus teacher? I suspect with the amount of money spent on football, it would be cheaper for the school just to fund four scholarships a year and do away with the program.

But wait, football coaches do more than that.

Texas football coaches winning the wage war over teachers:

“I believe a coach has two tasks,” he said. “One is a minor one, and that is really teaching techniques of the game and skills of the game. The major task is the intangibles that coaches bring to the table. Good coaches teach leadership skills and sacrifice and dedication and unselfishness.”

If football is really about developing the leadership skills, etc. of the students, then why isn’t available to all students? Rather than schools play each other, why don’t high schools form intramural teams within the schools to play each other?

Granted, not everyone can or wants to play football just as not everyone who wants to take AP Calculus can because of the lack of skills or desire. However, why doesn’t someone do a return on investment of equipment, facilities, instructors for football compared to the AP classes? Which do you think would be serving the bigger population of students? Oh, but then you can’t cheer for your team during an AP exam.

I know a high school algebra teacher who initially thought that football coaches must be talented in motivating their kids to practice and keep up their gpa. She thought that she could learn something from them to help her unmotivated students. After talking to some of the football players and observing a practice, she realized it had nothing to do with the coaches ability. If the kids didn’t want to practice, they were simply cut from the team. She didn’t have that option.

A local Little League baseball team was doing extremely well and was one round away from going to the world championship. This happens in August. One of the starting pitchers was told by the football coach that he wouldn’t be playing quarterback and could expect to sit the bench if the kid missed a practice to pitch in the next game. He was the next pitcher in the rotation but decided to stay in town so that he wouldn’t loose his starting job in football. I don’t know how the football team did but the baseball team lost the game.

Another middle-school kid has been told he’ll sit the bench if he takes time off to rehab his knee which he strained outside of school. The doctor would like to remove some of the fluid on his knee and see if anything else is damaged. The decision is ultimately the parents but it’s nice to see the coaching staff so supportive.

Don’t get me wrong. There are some excellent football coaches out there who develop their team members as well rounded individuals and they do put in a lot of hours. But lets not pretend that this isn’t about cheering on a winning football team.

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