Thursday, October 24, 2013


"The Case Against High-School Sports" by Amanda Ripley compelled the argument that the United States schooling is more sports based compared to how high-school is ran over seas. Amanda Ripley made the argument that school sports are used almost as leverage to encourage students to go further in schooling. "But in 2012, only 17 percent of the school’s juniors and seniors took at least one Advanced Placement test—compared with the 50 percent of students who played school sports." Ripley thinks strongly that this is not just for having a good school team that school sports are being strategically used for schools to earn more money and to get students who normally don't perform in school to strive towards better grades so they are eligible to play. Ripley feels that this is not fair, that kids that are idolized for being larger, and more aggressive than other are thought of as the popular ones. Ripley's view is that school is a place where you learn not a place where you go to play sports, and put up with school in the mean time.

Amanda Ripley's article "The Case Against High-School Sports" was unbelievably biased, and not at all fair to American High-School students. Amanda Ripley went to Cornell University and was raised in New Jersey a place that can be very rough. A place that is known for the schools being bad and the dropout rate being very high. The question for her is if in the United States where the national standard for schooling is dropping every year why discourage High-School sports when for many it is the only reason they go to school. For the kids that are not privileged and who's only chance to go to Cornell University is through an athletic scholarship. Although they might be glorified for their athletic ability, and aggressiveness it is not fair to single them out because just like how every student can be smart every kid can participate in a sport. What matters is that you get to college, not how you get there. To the students that get into schooling through academic scholarships, or who can afford to go on there own more power to them for going through with it, but to those who can't afford it, or who never get a quality education High-School sports is their only chance. As said by the coach of the 1980 miracle team "Great moments are born from great opportunities". That is what High-School sports are.

1 comment:

  1. Good topic sentence in your summary- make sure to incorporate quotations with lead ins ""But in 2012, only 17 percent of the school’s juniors and seniors took at least one Advanced Placement test—compared with the 50 percent of students who played school sports." Avoid opinion statements such as " Ripley thinks strongly " and "and put up with school in the mean time"

    Add a why to your response topic sentence. Proofread your response and make sure to have multiple points that support what you are arguing.