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Re: tax/public schools

Hi, Ceres. Sorry, but I don't buy that line about football supporting other sports. Earlier this year, there was an economic analysis in the New York Times magazine that documented that football is a black hole in any school's budget. Needless to say, such treasonous information is ignored in my area.

On Thursday, February 5, 2004, at 01:06 PM, Cersgarden@aol.com wrote:

In a message dated 2/5/04 11:19:04 AM, gardenqueen@gbronline.com writes:

<< Down here they spend way too much
time and money on football >>

Pam, in our area and would assume this would be true in Texas, football
supports its self and other less profitable sports. My granddaughters attend a
school that generally make to state thus receive monies that fund other activities
such as drama, debate, etc. I do think sports are very important in the
development of a well rounded student. I think there are students that live for
sports and is an incentive to keep their grades up. Sports have great learning
opportunities but as most things they do often have a negative side. My
granddaughters are involved in school sponsored volleyball, basketball, golf,
cheerleading (which is now considered a sport) and softball so they are in sports at
all times of the year and over lapping at times yet they are honor students.
Golf was a sport they began to play at age 3 and played as a family and
competed in non-school competition (golf is only offered at hi school level). This
is a sport that they will always be able to enjoy.
Swimming is a great sport but seldom gets much attention. This is a
sport that is ill attended, no chearleaders but one that requires much hard work
and gruesome practices. My son was a competitive swimmer with 6 am winter time
swims. This is another sport that one can enjoy for life. Unfortunately my
granddaughters attend a small school which does not offer this opportunity.

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