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Sports vs. Art (Final)

The two most cut programs in High School are sports programs and arts programs, however in a recent poll, respondents said they

A poll done at Huffingtonpost.com shows that 12.08% of voters saw sports as unnecessary compared to only 1.24% against Arts

would rather cut the school newspaper, summer school, field trips, security guards, custodians and libraries before they touched sports or arts. This poll is telling because despite what people want, schools continue to cut arts and sports when trimming down. If a school isn’t cutting both, there is usually a tough decision as to which one to cut and it can go either way. The argument is broken down simply among most people: Sports are better for us physically and arts are better for us mentally. In reality though, it isn’t that simple. Studies have shown that playing sports can be great for mental health as well as physical health and for arts studies have shown that arts can stimulate the brain and keep someone more active, which could lead to better physical health.

Regardless of what studies say however, people will always have their opinion and this flip book shows a few opinions from people on whats more important.

When asked, Cheshire Athletic director Steve Trifone didn’t shy away from sports “I would think that, in athletics your serving more kids, but that doesn’t mean you shy away from the arts. Sports are big, its not just win loss, theres a lot more for the kids behind the scenes.”

Arts can are also important because of the ability to have an arts class  and an after school club. “My favorite class in all of my high school career was probably my music
theory class in junior year. The class was a blissful break from the
typical structure of the typical math and science class. It taught me,
not only as a musician, but as a student, to be a more creative and
resourceful human being.” Said a student when asked in a New York Times article. Due to budget cuts, the percentage of kids with access to music has declined to about 50%.

Whats more important?

With this debate comes the bigger issue at hand, which is undoubtedly the budget cuts themselves. Almost 300,000 jobs have been lost since 2008 and that includes higher education and thats a number that could increase as country wide budgets will most likely decrease by over 10%.

Average amount of kids enlisted in each major sports program

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High School Sports Cuts Can Hurt Athletes and their Opponents.

Can playing sports really help dropout rates? According to NJ.com a cut in the sports aspect of school could cause more kids to drop out of high school. What the article says is that kids would have more free time on their hands, leaving them to potentially fall to the dangers of the streets. Even companies like KKOS (Keeping Kids Off the Streets) believe that athletics can help kids by shaping their lives in a positive way.  Some high school kids have to look elsewhere to find sports to play, which has caused the creation of many local boxing clubs. The clubs provide a place for kids to go who don’t have a high school sport to play or couldn’t make a team. If budget cuts cause less sports, then that means less spots for kids to occupy, thus fewer student athletes. Although some of these clubs provide a place for kids to go, some of them may not provide the academic standards that a high school team would have, which could lead to decline in the classroom.

Beyond just how cutting programs can affect the kids directly playing for those teams, it also can affect the kids who they play against and their teams. When a school decides to cut a sports program, another school that planned on playing that team the upcoming season has to work to get another opponent, and in some cases may need to move to another division with more teams. Schools can cut out sometimes as many as eight of their sports teams to coincide with a reduction in funding for the teams that remain afterwards.  Continuing cuts in schools could lead to more protests in high schools as students and parents become frustrated.

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A Timeline of High School Budget Cuts

This timeline shows some of the school systems that dealt with budget cuts throughout the years. It goes as far back as 2000 and right away it shows that in the current economy a lot of schools are struggling with meeting their budget. The schools all handle meeting their budgets in different ways, however cutting sports is one of the more popular ways.
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Could a Cut of Sports Affect Males More?

Would a cut of high school sports programs affect males more than females? As it stands males already have a much lower graduation rate than females. There are  more males participating in sports programs than females, and if those programs were to be cut a dropout rate could increase among males.

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The Cost of Being an Athlete

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The cost of playing sports is rising for the students and their parents as schools try to find ways to lessen the burden on themselves. One option, ‘pay to play’ is becoming increasingly popular amoung high schools with budget issues and it could be hurting the sports value as some kids decide to save money and not play. Basically pay to play is a fee that is required of the athlete to play the sport. This fee can be anywhere from $20-$250 and is given to the school before the start of a season. Although this could be a better option than cutting the programs all together, it does put a strain on the athlete to come up with money if their parents won’t pay for it. The cost of not playing a sport due to money could have a negative effect on a kids high school life as a whole.

The second way kids ‘pay to play’ is with their bodies.  High School athletes are probably never considering the risks that come with playing sports but those risks can be greater than thought. Concussions are one of the most talked about subjects among sports circles today, and if not treated with caution they can result in serious problems. Football players are at a higher risk than other sports but it remains a problem across the board.  Overuse injuries are common among kids who play sports year round and include some of the most common sports injuries such as shin splints, sprained ankles, and back problems. Overuse injuries are actual on the rise and might be a supporting argument for why kids need less sports. While overuse injuries can mostly just need to be rested, some of them could result in life long injuries.

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