Add sports to Wayne Early/Middle College High School

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Recently I asked why Wayne Early/Middle College didn't offer sports and was told, "That's the way it's always been. " Just because something has always been a certain way doesn't necessarily make it the best way. While I understand the schools desire to focus on academics and reaching the next level in our children's education, I can't overlook the benefits of sports in reaching the next level. 

 Studies show that kids who play do better in the classroom, receiving higher grades, achieving higher graduation rates and more college acceptances. Kids who play do better in life. Overall, the study found that advantages of sports include:Weight control.Problem-solving skills, Self-esteem, Social competence and Academic achievement.

Wayne Early/Middle College high school aims to see our children attain their associates degree at the completion of their four years. But what next? Isn't the goal to continue from there to attain a Bachelor's, Master's or even Doctorate? The dilemna for some becomes How? How does one afford to further their education at a school of their choosing if they don't have the funds? 

One way is through scholarships. There are academic as well as sports scholarships. For someone attending Wayne Early/Middle College high school obtaining a sports scholarship unfortunately isn't an. option at this time due to the schools current policy. Knowing the benefits of sports in regards to academic performance and creating a means for one to further their education why not allow a student at Wayne Early/Middle College high school to participate in sports? Simply to say because we never have is not a reasonable explanation for not making the change. Grace Hopper said, "The most damaging phrase in the language is: 'It’s always been done that way.' "

Keeping things the same simply because it's always been that way does an injustice to the students effected. The solution would be to either create a sports program at the school or allow students to participate in sports through their home school. I have an 8th grader who is interested in attending this school, who has ran track four for AAU and qualified to run in the JR. Olympics. Lack of sports has caused her and many other talented students to turn from this as their school of choice and settle for another school. That ought not be the case. Let's give students a chance to choose to attend a great school without having to sacrifice participating in sports and possibly giving up a future scholarship.



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