Sunday, November 30, 2008

Changing academic requirements for extracurriculars?

From the MRJs Jesse Buchanan:

The Cheshire Board of Education is considering closing a loophole in academic requirements for athletic and extracurricular participation as a way to send a message that academics come first, according to members of the board....

The Cheshire school board last week announced it would consider changing the rule requiring students to maintain a C average to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities, which is already stricter than state rules. Alan Sobol, the policy committee chairman, said the committee might increase the time of academic probation from a marking period to an entire semester for students whose grades have fallen below a C....

Gerald Brittingham, a Cheshire Board of Education member, is in favor of the change to a semester-long probation, saying it would emphasize to students, parents and teachers that academics come first.


Tim White

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

But what is really changing? A student athlete could have a D average and as long as they show an effort and improvement they are allowed to participate. So technically, the student could raise their average a few points but still not get over a C average. Their effort is measured by the teacher who might say they're making the required effort thus allowing the student to continue playing.
Brittingham also asked if there were penalties for the coaches allowing students to play who shouldn't be playing and the super didn't indicate any and reiterated that it's left up to the teacher to determine "progress."

Sounds like there's still a loophole to me!

Anonymous said...

Forget about loopholes..what is best for a kid?
This seems like a reaction to a problem that doesn't exist.
Academics first? how about a kid who excels in sports but has learning disabilities?
Academisc first? then let's have news coverage of kids who sign academic scholorships..not sports ones.

Anonymous said...

"This seems like a reaction to a problem that doesn't exist."
If the problem doesn't exist then what are your concerns?
Students with learning disabilites are usually caught before high school and can be corrected for the most part. If they are getting D's and F's in high school due to learning disabilites, then they wouldn't be in athletics. If they can learn plays and patterns for an athletic team, they can learn math and science.
We have to stop making excuses for gifted athletes.

Anonymous said...

THEY SHOULD CHANGE THE LOOPHOLE THAT ALLOWS BANDMEMBERS TO COMPETE IN BAND IF THEY ARE ARRESTED FOR CERTAIN CRIMES. ATHLETICS IS PENALIZED BECAUSE SPORTS ARE "EXTRA CURRICULAR", BAND IS GRADED. SEEMS TO BE A DOUBLE STANDARD THERE ALSO

Anonymous said...

The C rule is nort enforced. My daughter plays sports at CHS and there are students with poor grades still playing....it is a joke.

Anonymous said...

Most of the rules in the school system aren't enforced. There's loopholes in many policies and the adm. would rather sweep stuff under the rug rather than deal with it risking negative publicity.

Just give them their money and let them do their own thing is how it's been for years.

tim white said...

Just give them their money and let them do their own thing is how it's been for years.

Feathers do get ruffled when you ask those deep, probing questions such as:

How many teachers do we have?