High School Athletes Should Be Required

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The NCAA states, “Nearly eight million students currently participate in high school athletics in the United States. More than 460,000 compete as NCAA athletes, and just a select few within each sport move on to compete at the professional or Olympic level” (“Estimated Probability”). Everyone agrees that Americans have to improve academic achievement in schools today; however, it is hard to do so with a barrage of athletic activities. Students are focusing more on sports then academics, and this diversion seems to be costly. In order to fix this, high school athletes should be required to maintain a 2.3 grade point average in order to participate in sports because the primary mission of any serious academic institution must be to develop the young person’s intellectual and cognitive skills and help one get recruited; also, there is a very low chance of athletes continuing their careers at the college or professional level. The primary purpose of any academic institution is to develop and prepare a young person for after his schooling years. In, “The Purpose of Schools,” Michael Peterson states the two goals of any school: to teach students who have specific skills to perform jobs, and introduce students to active citizenry (Peterson). In other words, Peterson argues how a school must prepare one for his or her future instead of preparing them for a career in sports. John Dewey writes, “Education should create an interest in all persons in furthering the general good, so
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