Gym class teaches students how to be physically fit and how to make choices to stay that way. Where as a sport will teach an athlete to be physically fit but may not teach them to stay that way for life. Also being an athlete is a privilege so all though it would be nice to have an extra study hall it is not necessary. Student athletes should know what they are signing up for. The academics are what is supposed to come first because without the academics one would not be able to be a student athlete. In addition to these things gym class is a welcome break for a day that is otherwise filled with academic work.
High School Athletes should not have to take gym class. Athletes at the varsity level are practicing everyday for multiple hours. These student athletes should have that 50 minutes to do homework and or catch up on work that they have missed. Most athletes in high school are looking to get a scholarship in college to play their sport. In order to do so their grades need to be very high. Gym class can take a lot of effort in order to get an A. Usually games are after school and if they tried really hard in gym class they might not be able to preform up to potential in the game. Gym class is just to keep kids active during the school day, athletes are already active every day for multiple hours.
To be able to participate in sports is a privilege not a right. It is called a student athlete for a reason. The word student comes before athlete. Studies for school come before being an athlete. A student should not participate in athletic activities if they are unable to meet the prior demands of their academics. As nice as it would be for athletes to have that extra free period instead of physical education that should not be necessary. If one is unable to handle the world of high school academia and the demands of a varsity sport how can someone expect them to be able to handle college courses along with sports which are much more demanding.
Gym classes need to the student athletes to serve as roll models for the class. They are the ones who will know what to do and can be there to help their classmates. While helping their classmates these students will be able to develop leadership skills that will help them for the rest of their lives. Student athletes may not have these opportunities without taking physical education.
Although being a student athlete is a privilege, its also very time consuming. It's not easy at times to keep up with school work, and other issues you may be having at that very time in your life. Having that extra free period could help decrease the amount of stress a person has. Most student athlete's are good at time management, but with the extra free it could help. I understand that gym class could help set examples for students that don't particpate in varsity sports but there are more people that can set examples than just the athletes.
In college you have much more free time than you do in high school. If we don't have to particpate in gym class in college, I don't believe it should be required in for athlete's to take.
I do agree that managing ones time is very challenging as a high school athlete. In addition I believe an athlete should not use that as an excuse for not doing homework. This could create animosity between student athletes and non student athletes. It may seem to others as though the athletes are getting special treatment. Making students feel left out because they are not athletically gifted may not go over very well. Lastly as nice as it would be for one to not have to participate in any physical activity that is not the case in all colleges. Some colleges do have a physical education requirement. Like all other high school classes physical education is just preparing the student for the world of college academia.
I can see where you are coming from when you say students may feel left out but I believe that it can be avoided. Here at Mount there is a no cut policy. For those who choose not to particpate in a sport, they can be active in gym class. If you choose to particpate in a sport, you are gifted with the opportunity to take a free period to do work. Student athletes are not given special treatment, the students have a choice.
Some students are not athletically inclined but may excel in other areas. If a high school student was told they did not have to take physical education because they are an athlete because the time commitment could one argue a drama student should have the same opportunities? They practice multiple days week and have performances which can be the equivalent of a game. Should a student who participates in academic clubs or organizations be able to opt out of taking a class? Would it be fair to say that a drama student should not have to participate in a fine arts course? That is the problem with taking student athletes out of physical education. Once you start with them where is it fair to draw the line?
I don't believe the only reason an athlete could have that extra free time just because the time management. All that stress and work can put a stress toll on the body. Athletes are not opting out of a class, they still have all their classes, plus any other extracirrcular activities they may particpate in. I understand that drama students have play rehersals and such every day but they don't endore the workouts that athletes put their bodies through everyday. Like you said before, extracirrcular activities of any sort are privilege. I don't think their could be a line drawn without causing problems from both sides.
I do agree completely that athletes put many stress on their bodies between workouts. But those are only physical things. Which would impact their ability and physical education. Although one could argue that a member of a club such as mock trial could be mentally tired or stressed from there work as well. Which would impact there ability to function well in an academic class. This is just another problem of where would it be ok to draw the line. If a line is drawn one side or another will be angry. The best is to leave things as are. This will create no animosity between any sides of the argument on whether student athletes should have to attend physical education or not.
I agree with that. If everything was left the way it is, there will be no problems. No one can argue from either sides if there are no changes. No problems will arouse. It's better to leave things the way it is than to have people fight over something so silly. Everyone should be treated the same.