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  •  It's the kind of thing (13+ / 0-)

    that, although it's bothered me for years, I don't tend to mention much because quite frankly it's embarrassing.

    S/E Ohio is a gorgeous area and I love it here. I came here primarily because my formerly rural home area in N/E Ohio had been overrun by the city. I thought I was moving into a population like I was used to - good common sense rural type people whose heads were on straight. So when I ran smack into this sports fanaticism... and fanaticism is even too mild a word for it... I was stunned. This is a joke, right?

    Now that's not to say that EVERYBODY is like that around here. There are some, like me, who see sports as maybe a good part of education. I mean they played football when I went to school too. But it should only be a part, not the sole focus. That's why it used to be called EXTRA-curricular activities.

    I see schools around here where the sports complexes are bigger than the freakin' school itself. Ginormous football stadiums, Olympic sized tracks, three or four baseball diamonds, basketball courts indoor and out. And this for a school with maybe 500 kids tops K-12th grade

    The lion's share of our propety taxes go to support the schools. So when local schools lay off teachers and cut entire programs, while only making sports pay to play, I feel like I'm subsidizing the sports programs more than education. I think I can safely say these kids around here aren't getting a quality education, but then that's sadly not just a local problem

    Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

    by Pariah Dog on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 10:28:30 AM PDT

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