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Maybe Schools Should Eliminate Football

January 14, 2013

I have read in The Post-Journal that the Maple Grove and Chautauqua Lake School Boards are considering combining the varsity and junior varsity football programs....

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Jan-17-13 1:07 AM

One noteworthy exception, hundreds that fit the rule.

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Jan-16-13 11:08 PM

Why about the positive effects? I have lost weight and I know a lot of my friends have too. We have gotten healthier bodies and feel better as a person. Football has changed my high school career. Maple Grove may not be our favorite team but it's worth working together so we can have a team.

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Jan-16-13 11:04 PM

I am currently a Sophomore at CLCS. Why cut the program?? I enjoy football. I started my Freshman year and since then my grades have improved. The football team makes me work harder. I have been pushed to do better in school so I don't fail and so I can play. As a team us boys grow closer. During football season is when I am happiest! Why take that away? It's given my many new opportunities! What are you saying because I'm a football player I will be made to do a factory job? Somebody has to do it anyways or you wouldn't have anything you have now! I am currently on a career path to Law Enforcement and am most certainly not stupid! In my opinion the football program has only helped me!

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Jan-15-13 4:35 PM, from a 1965 history book.

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Jan-15-13 3:52 PM

I may be mistaken but often those "books" cost quite a bit of money as well. How many times do we have to update a book? Try to imagine teaching history from the 1980's from a history book from 1965

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Jan-15-13 7:33 AM

I believe Bud's point is that schools APPEAR, in some cases, to focus on sports above academics. There are schools in the area where the coaches are bribing students into their sports as there aren't enough students in the school to make up the teams.

And our students ARE much less capable than those of other countries. While we do have some excellent, hard working students, they are a small minority.

There is still gym class for exercise. Why not create weekend teams like the summer rec leagues?

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Jan-15-13 4:36 AM

Back on topic. I do not believe cutting the football program would accomplish anything. Most schools are going broke because there are not enough taxpayers to cover the bloated school budgets. Why are we buying laptops and computers by the hundreds, projectors, etc. if we cannot afford them? What ever happened to books? We still buy those too. All we do is add cost, we never cut it. We have to become more fiscally responsible. Cutting sports is just going to make us more obese and out of shape.

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Jan-15-13 4:29 AM

Bud I think you may have jumped the gun insulting factory workers. I work in a factory, and I know for a fact I clear more than most of the engineers. I also have just an Associate's Degree. Do you realize that there was a time when mechanically adept workers were the actual engineers in industry? Modern day engineers are taught by books and know very little about mechanics, electricity, chemicals, etc. Books do not give people the hands on required to create something great. We need Americans to become more hands on, and to learn how things actually work. I'd be willing to bet that most people under 40 don't know how to change their own oil, a tire, or remodel a home. I'm 30 and I can do all three. All of those skills were taught to me by my father, and they have helped tremendously over the years.

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Jan-15-13 2:40 AM

We need more factories. It's a bigger priority than football at any cost.

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Jan-15-13 12:41 AM

Seadog: Notice how those lovely factory jobs disappeared to China? Notice how many are now FORCED to have their hand out since their factory job went away?

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Jan-15-13 12:38 AM

Jazzie: Read the countless illiterate comments on the forum. You are obviously the exception.

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Jan-14-13 8:11 PM

Budzilla, my parents would strongly disagree with you. They worked in a factory their whole adult lives, bought a home, raised four wonderful kids. We didn't have all this sophisticated gadgetry of internet and cell phones as kids. We simply did our homework, played and went to bed. Poor educational system? When have you ever known me to misspell a word? Rarely. And I was educated right here in the U.S.A. Without our factories and their workers whom you say work for small wages, you'd be nowhere fast. No TV, no computer, no green eggs and Spam. Not even a roll of toilet paper.

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Jan-14-13 7:55 PM

Is this a letter or just a random thought?

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Jan-14-13 7:38 PM

Play football, bully nerds, grow up to work in a factory making tiny wages while the nerds work as engineers making vastly more money.

Meanwhile, America's educational system ranks extremely poorly against other countries.

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Jan-14-13 5:43 PM

I dunno...I went to JHS and really enjoyed it when we kicked Warren's butt at football!

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Jan-14-13 12:37 PM

WHY? What is your argument against having them having a football program?

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Jan-14-13 11:01 AM

I went to Chautauqua Central in the 60s, and we did not have football, and we really didn't miss it. We always felt that it enhanced the adademic focus for our school. I must say, however, that I LOVE football, and I love high school football. On the other hand, it's an expensive type of program, and kids can get badly hurt playing it. This is a tough question, but really deserves some thought.

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