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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Why competitions at high schools? -THE LETHBRIDGE HERALC Tuesday, November 9, 1971 t 11 KAN PAUL Ciiliiulic' Onlral High V.'hy do have in athletics at the higll -oliool level? What values ore gained through parlicJpalJon in athletics al the high scbool livel? Can 1iie cost of nlhlelics, at the high school level, be justified? What is the aim of aUiletic participation at !jlf- high school level? The alwve questions are dis- ciisscd by layman, educators, adminiAmdors, etc. every min- ute of the day. Do they solve jtie questions? 1 would say ro in some instances eharitres could nnti are mn-'ie in I he best interest? i.f is lo lose tJie most by not ficliing or having ;Jie opportunity or dKince to participate in school k-tics. Pi-esontly, nthlelie oorripoU- at the hi.uh sdiool level, includes foot ball. ul ley ball, basketball, vTCstlinp, badmin- iofl, gymnastics, and iratk and field, in most Alberta high Why do we have athletic competitions, in these sports, between different schools, not only osi a local basis but also on a provincial basis? Why have Lethbridge teams fbas- kctball, football, volleyball, gymnastics) competed against teams from Ttaymond. Calgary, Edmonton. Medicine ITat, etc. I challenge you to come up Jtomc must conlriltiiie Physical education mu-t have important plate in public ed- ucation, if only are t'ccemhig a sedentary people. The cannot, of course, assume total respo.n-ibility for physical Mine--.-: the borne and tre era '.ri Hint al- must osm tribute to this end. But. can assume rcsp'onsibil- itv for some of pbysi- eal fit-ness, and for tbe promo- tion and practice of good snorts- ruanship and team play. 'flie latter terms arc intended imply ilie sort of co-opera- tion engendered by house Uagues rather than "school rpirit" and inter seliool sports.. Competition is pood, but it must kept in its place. The purposes of physical edu- er.tion in as seen by the Commission, are as fol- lows l i'i to promote physical fi'.- partly for us inn. primarily lo facilitate ir.- (2) to teach the moans i-y physical fitness may be. relieved; 'Til to d l.-'.e-: ill a I it 1 e t i c aeli-.ilies. biith arid spe-.- ta-'.r points of vic-A -fi io provide a rltal carry through .idtill !-fc. Tile curriculum lonten- i.-lini; hull'-tins is prOL'ram of indoor .iTid Barnes and aetiv- Tile-re is Miffk-iem. iliili'.y to allo-.i local cundi- Ueoor.ime-i.intion That f'lf- rnentary fjupils ire prts uith a euntinuour. instnie.- v, i'.li an ft- uhy? Is it a way of life? Can say- thing be pained from such competition? Is it too Can you measure the educa- tional value, if any, that i.s gain- ed through participation in tournament held in Calgary, Letlibridgo or Edmonton? Docs athletic competition mean that the players are the only impor- tant people i belief hers from playing the gamej? What about the band, pep ilub, cheerleaders, fans, school and community? You decide if we need athktic competition at the high school level. My mm biased opinion is competition is -srable ?fKJ healthy. What values are cairicil Ihrough in high school athlrticf? Again this question seems io 'be vague bill it is my opinion rncl observation that partici- pants usually pick up some the following attributes that may help them in later life (although, 1 have seen the op- 1. self discipline 2. 5. setting goal's) C. proper hygiene 7. working with others fl." positive thinking. h'hc- ly you may think of others, and" rightly so. as I have just listed a few of tbe attributes that a participant in athletics may gain. If you noticed, no mention made of building charao ter and in this regards 1 would like to quote a common saying among people involved witti athletics: Participation in ath- letics builds, character not letic prouram unfVrumately Ml athletic' programs do not pay for tlxMnsclvo-o someone lias lo cough up the ne-.-cssaiy fiiianccs to help suK-idiyc the said program. Therefore, schools pcllrt.l boards today ir.ti't their commimities and liod out tho publics feeling Umai-ds ath- letics (at aK school levels'! and to determine if athletic? are ne- cessary for the total educa- tional development of the- in- dividual (total educational de- referring to tne so- cial, emotional, mental, physi- cal, and spiritual aspects of the If the decision to scrap atn- letics because of cost, is de- cided upon, r uouid like to di- rect Ihe decision makers to the Oakland. California, schools ile- of a few years ago. The Oakland schools dccttrfd to do away with c-Mva ,-ieular athletic- .bec-ause the factor i t.i schools, lie-ports since decision point out the following: upswing in Hi'' crime rate and m.-sny authori- ties lieured it due to a lack of artivi'ie- at the high school level i specifically ter- mination of extra athletics in the Oakland Have Oakland schools re in- s t a 1 e d evlra-currieular ath- letics back into tlieir high school program? 1 don't know. Why don't you find Were tlio'Oakland sciiools dollar fool- ish in culling nut ourri- eular alhlctic-sV Did it cost them more in the long-run? 'lhat is for you to decide. The ranie of tlw ga.tne is r-aerij'ice. but. let's think before ue sliolve Baskefball at Senator Buchanan School a growing aica, of value physical education I. There is nrr.v a not only itu- orninenis in Canada but at-- ilio majority of pceplo r-: lot hole enncejil of ivn ;iiid physical txlucalitiri. The federal fjovt iT.mcr.t started 10 higher n- dards of fitness and via-r and invnlviMUent tiin'-.ejli of physical