posted on Mar, 4 2005 @ 07:02 PM
This has been a major topic for years at my old high school. I live in Kentucky, and because of the UK Wildcats, basketball ranks up there with
farming and religion. So as you can imagine, the basketball program is very well funded. Along with it is the football program, which I can proudly
state can easily be beaten by the middle school team if given the chance.
Anyway, even though I am a musician, I also was involved in Cross Country my latter high school years, and to my school, we hardly existed. They
wouldn't give us enough money to buy a new tent, but could certainly toss out a continuous flow of money to our pathetic football team (who, by the
way, had probably 4 wins in 4 years). So not only do some music programs suffer some small sports programs suffer as well.
Now to address your question, music or sports? hmmmmm... That is a tough question. I'd say that if you took away some money from sports, there would
be some mad jocks running around beating up little trombone players...
Take away from one program, upset those people..take away from another...upset some more. It would all be soooooo simple if schools would evenly
distribute money throughout all programs. But that looks good on paper and statistics...but what about costs? Costs to maintain fields, supply enough
equipment, etc...that's what admission prices and revenue from the food stand is for, right? I don't know, because I have no idea how much it costs.
As for the music program, they have concerts and so forth, but what are the ticket prices? hmmmm... To answer the question, I would have to go with
music, why, because I play and teach guitar, so I am biased. But I very much enjoy sports, and can say that sports is very valuable to building
foundations for lifetime qualities in young people. Hard one to answer.
Sorry if it's too long...I'm new so don't hit me please...