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UWGB probe shows life skills don't come from sports

7:39 PM, May 16, 2013  |  Comments
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There is a very disturbing sideline that comes to light in the Brian Wardle investigation at UW-Green Bay.

Public schools spend an inordinate amount of money on sports: i.e., facilities, equipment, uniforms, coaches, time, etc.; mostly, though, aimed at boys. It is justified through claims of teaching life skills like sportsmanship, maturity, tolerance and so on.

The May 4 Press-Gazette carried a sports article on UWGB recruiting player Tevin Findley with the following quote from his coach Loren Jackson: "Being coached up is part of the game. If guys can't take being coached up, they probably should be playing girls sports. We're producing men and being a man is tough."

In my book, the definition of a man is based on qualities like those I named in the second paragraph, and has nothing to do with being tough or denigrating girls.

Parents should take a long look at the lessons being taught in their schools' sports programs, and schools must take a long look at the justification for their programs, and at cutting life skills like art and music and giving sports (for boys) a free ride.

Louis J. Janda

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