Niagara Gazette


October 16, 2012

CONFER: Cut school sports - for philosophical reasons


Niagara Gazette — starters). It’s the overemphasis on leisure that contributed to the Roman Empire’s complacency and

resulting death, and it’s doing the same to us. To some, that may seem like over-reaching hysteria, but

take a look around you: Think of how many youths (and their parents) focus more on sports than on

their studies…they’d rather excel on the field than in the classroom.

What makes this especially confounding is the fact that parents with school-aged kids (the most

powerful voting bloc in school board elections and budget votes) think it’s the obligation of the masses

to pay for their children’s hobbies. A boy’s interest in football and a girl’s love for field hockey are no

different than others’ appreciation for, say, Scouting and horses. Why should taxpayers be forced to pay

for sports – enjoyed by a very small minority of the student body – when they aren’t forced to pay for a

Boy Scout’s trip to the Jamboree or a young lady’s participation in equestrian competition? You see, it’s

ridiculous to even ponder publically-funding the latter set of circumstances, so why should it not be the

same for the former? Consider that a money-poor taxpayer could lose his home for not paying for some

boy’s baseball uniform or a girl’s basketball. How is that even remotely right?

Sports should be full-funded by the participants. It should be the obligation of the children and/or their

parents to pay for all costs associated with their hobbies. You would expect the same if a kid is in scouts

or little league baseball, plays video games, or hunts and fishes. Those families and, where applicable,

their respective organizations make it happen. The parents might have to give up on a little bit of their

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