Have Sports Brought Down America’s Schools?

By Elizabeth Kolbert
Published September 6, 2013, on The New Yorker’s Daily Comment Blog
It was the day before school began, but my fourteen-year-old twins had already been going to J.V. soccer practice two hours a day for nearly two weeks. I wondered what would have happened if their math teacher had tried to call them in two weeks before school started to hold two-hour drill sessions. My sons would have been livid, as would every other kid in their class. Perhaps even more significant, I suspect that parents would have complained. What was the math teacher doing, trying to ruin the kids’ summer? And why should they have to make a special trip to the high school so their kids could study trig identities? Read the story.