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By John R. Gerdy

ISBN-10: 142946061X

ISBN-13: 9781429460613

ISBN-10: 157806838X

ISBN-13: 9781578068388

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 undergo and argues that the yankee process of college and group athletics is damaged. yet he's no mere naysayer. He bargains a daring, revolutionary blueprint for reforming athletics to satisfy our country’s academic and public overall healthiness wishes. Given greater education’s old function of delivering management in our society, the initiative to revive a extra brilliant stability among athletics and schooling needs to start with the reform of big-time collage athletics. regardless of frequent public skepticism relating to larger education’s skill to alter the method, Gerdy argues that the chance for reform hasn't ever been larger. utilizing a provocative mixture of examine and considerate statement, he argues that, for the 1st time within the historical past of yankee better schooling, the serious mass of individuals, firms, and out of doors pressures essential to force and maintain innovative, systemic reform of the school athletic firm is in position.

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Given that athletes generally represent a small percentage of the student population, assigning the optimum learning environment to sports practice negatively impacts the educational opportunity for the majority of the student body, thus undermining the teaching mission of the school. The structure of the school day, tailored in large part to meet the needs of the athletics department, is an example of distorted educational and community priorities. While high school athletics’ impact on the general student body is less visible than the highly publicized, hypocritical relationship between college athletics and the education of the athlete, that impact is just as profound.

Another indication of the widening gulf between high schools’ athletics and academic cultures is increasing evidence that high school sports is becoming less about education and more about entertainment. USA Today publishes a national top twenty-five list. The number of high school athletic events that are being televised is rising. Several of LeBron James’s high school games were nationally televised on a pay-per-view basis. More schools are traveling out of state to play games or tournaments against other top teams.

For example, it is tough to imagine high schools in Texas switching to the European club system of community sports without significant influence from an outside force. Further, the administrative and governance structure necessary to drive sweeping national reform of high school and youth league sports simply does not exist. High school athletics is governed and administered at the state level and youth sports at the community level. The prospect of organizing these disparate elements into any coordinated reform effort is highly unlikely.

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