Entries for October 2009

Checking Academic Progress

Friday, October 30, 2009
An essential characteristic of school-sponsored sports programs is that student-athletes earn the privilege of participation on their school teams by maintaining adequate academic progress in their schools’ classrooms.
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Exploring Michigan

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Each October for 32 consecutive years, the MHSAA has hosted a series of meetings across the state called “Update Meetings,” an opportunity for school representatives to review recent changes as well as proposals for change that are working their way through the organiza...
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Exposing the Hard Work

Friday, October 23, 2009
That football is a more popular spectator sport than gardening has many obvious explanations.  One of the less obvious but more compelling reasons may be discovered in this quote from Michael Pollan’s Second Nature – A Gardener’s Education: 
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What’s a Newspaper to Do?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
America’s daily newspapers are struggling to stay in business.  Some have been reduced in size; some in frequency.  Some have ceased print versions and are only found online; some have ceased to exist altogether.
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Leadership Lessons

Friday, October 16, 2009
When lists are compiled of the benefits of participation in school sports, almost always included is that sports provide practical, real-life leadership lessons for many participants.  Can we be sure about that?
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Calendar Concerns

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
It was late August.  All the school district’s professional and paraprofessional staff were gathered in the high school cafeteria.  And in the hallways walked groups of students.
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The Money Problem

Friday, October 9, 2009
A concern for school sports resulting from the underfunding of schools, which began long before our state’s current economic recession, is that desperation will drive many schools to do long-term if not permanent damage to interscholastic athletics.
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A Heads-Up

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Coaches tell their athletes to keep their heads in the game.  They want their teams mentally alert, sharp and thinking about their responsibilities during each play or event.
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Blueberry Picking

Friday, October 2, 2009
Every year in August, my wife and I go blueberry picking in West Michigan.  Two buckets, placed in four freezer bags, from which we make withdrawals for pancakes, muffins and sauces throughout the next 12 months.
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