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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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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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It All Adds Up

High school sports teams sometimes charge the players who make the team as much as 100 dollars whats known as an equipment fee. On a baseball team that means around 2,500 dollars for that program comes from the players and for a football team that could be as much at 5,o00 dollars.  Those number reflect only the varsity programs, if the school were to carry a freshman team and a J.V. team, the number could double.  Yet despite those numbers, many a school has decided to cut athletics from their budget in order to save money. So if a school is pulling in thousands of dollars in fees from its athletes and yet the athletes are still responsible for purchasing gloves, bats, shoulder pads etc. Where does all the money go? That is the burning question that needs to be answered for any parent who has paid for equipment and any kid who couldn’t play the sport they loved any more because of budget cuts.

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The Untold Story of High School Economy

Every year kids in high school flock out in bunches to try out for high school sports teams. Some of those kids will have the opportunity to represent their school in a sport and others will have to deal with the failure of not making the team. However, beyond the obvious story lines, lay the elephant in the room:  The economy of high school and in pairing high school sports.  Underneath the surface of all the competition and achievement is the ugly, dirty, money.  How much parents spend, how much schools make, and how much it costs to run sports programs and ultimately where that can fit in a school districts budget, if at all.  This blog will run through issues regarding the economy of high schools and their sports teams, from why high schools cut programs  to what parents and kids are doing to stop their programs from getting the axe.

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