By John R. Gerdy
John R. Gerdy has noticeable approximately each aspect of athletics. he's the son of a highschool soccer trainer; he was once an All-American basketball participant, a legislative assistant for the nationwide Collegiate Atheltic organization, and he served as an affiliate commissioner for the Southeastern convention. In Air Ball: American Education’s Failed test with Elite Athletics, Gerdy brings all of these views to endure and argues that the yankee procedure of faculty and neighborhood athletics is damaged. yet he's no mere naysayer. He bargains a daring, revolutionary blueprint for reforming athletics to fulfill our country’s academic and public wellbeing and fitness wishes. Given greater education’s historical position of supplying management in our society, the initiative to revive a extra brilliant stability among athletics and schooling needs to commence with the reform of big-time university athletics. regardless of common public skepticism concerning better education’s skill to alter the procedure, Gerdy argues that the chance for reform hasn't ever been higher. utilizing a provocative mixture of examine and considerate statement, he argues that, for the 1st time within the heritage of yankee larger schooling, the serious mass of individuals, businesses, and out of doors pressures essential to force and maintain revolutionary, systemic reform of the school athletic firm is in position.
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Today, a high school coach is just as likely to be a lawyer, BEYOND THE IVY-COVERED WALLS salesperson, or mechanic as to be a teacher. According to a 2005 survey conducted by Reading Eagle newspaper reporter Mike McGovern, 53 percent (132 of 250) of the middle school and junior high head coaches from the nineteen school districts in Berks County, Pennsylvania, were teachers (2005). Tim Flannery of the National Federation of State High School Associations estimates that 50 percent of high school coaches are not high school teachers.
If the desired outcome of scholastic athletics is for participants to have fun, develop character, gain conﬁdence, and improve their health, they must be organized and conducted with these purposes in mind. To maximize sports’ potential to positively inﬂuence the health and fitness of our children, the focus of our schools’ investment in sport should be on involving the greatest number of participants rather than spending an increasing amount of time, money, effort, and emotion on only those who might have the potential to play college or professional sports.
This is problematic because there is little opportunity to integrate the coach into the academic community. As a result, many coaches have little appreciation for, or understanding of, educational and academic expectations, practices, philosophies, and mores and no connection to the educational institution and its cultural values. For whatever reasons (low pay, less willingness to deal with overzealous parents, and others) the number of high school coaches who are professional teachers is declining.
Air Ball: American Education’s Failed Experiment with Elite Athletics by John R. Gerdy