posted on Jun, 29 2008 @ 11:22 AM
reply to post by Frankidealist35
students must be brought up to grade level and testing is indicative of this effort, students who are not up to grade level are
being required to take more hours (classes) of math and language. Courses that are cut are ones with little/no testing value.
The United States school system is different from others in the world. In the US system, sports and social activities are a big part of the system.
Think football, etc. and proms and clubs. In other countries, these sports and activities are tied to communities, not a part of the school system.
School sports, therefore, are part of a school budget. Even in hard financial times, trying to do away with them would be a cultural upset, akin to
doing away with a constitutional right.
Business leaders and politicians are trying to change the US school system to academically be like others in the world, but, in truth, academics in US
schools is not the focus as it is elsewhere. Other countries do not have to use sports as an academic motivator, academics is the academic motivator.