Educators need to focus on learning, not school sports

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 - 7:10 am

Re "Football drains UC prestige" (Forum, Dec. 1): Peter Schrag tells us that University of California, Berkeley, has big problems managing its football program, especially the graduation rates of its athletes. Oh, the shock by Cal management to discover this! The United States is the only developed democracy that has organized interschool athletics, including conferences and leagues, from middle school through university. I want to see how much staff time is spent, from chancellors down through middle school leaders, on interschool athletic programs. This is time that could be spent on providing the best learning possible. Coaches’ salaries at universities drive up all salaries, starting with the chancellors’. We citizens need to make the politicians of both parties stop this nonsense, both by legislation and cutting interschool athletic funding. Schools need to return to educating. Who's in charge of education policy? The media and rich alumni, or the citizenry?

-- Pete Martineau, Fair Oaks

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