The link between athletics and academic performance continues to be a topic of considerable debate. Some educators see sports as contributing to academic achievement. They argue that student-athletes need to meet eligibility requirements and are thus motivated to work in the classroom. Others believe that sport participation decreases grades because young athletes are over burdened with practices and games. As a result, they don’t have time to focus on schoolwork.
I strongly doubt that having children and adolescents play sports will make them better students. Conversely, athletic participation does not automatically transform kids into “dumb jocks.”
Should poor grades keep a youngster from playing sports?
There’s no simple answer to this question, but two different perspectives should be considered.
What should parents do if their young athlete is having trouble keeping grades up?
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