Entries for November 2009

Football Playoffs

Friday, November 27, 2009
Nothing has discouraged me more than football scheduling problems blamed on the Football Playoffs.  What was heralded by coaches and administrators alike as the solution to assuring all deserving teams would qualify for the playoffs is now being cited for exacerbat...
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Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
At the end of an overcast day, the sun slipped beneath the clouds and into Lake Michigan, leaving behind the electric pink and rouge tips of dark clouds and their reflection on the waves of even darker water.
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Football Scheduling

Friday, November 20, 2009
Increasing numbers of schools are having increasing difficulties completing varsity football schedules, citing the unwillingness of schools with similar enrollments within reasonable travel distances . . .
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Foreign Affairs

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Times were that the appearance of several foreign exchange students on the roster of a Michigan high school team created controversy and hard feelings.
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Student Fees

Friday, November 13, 2009
Here, from Muskegon-based Education Action Group in late August, is a different route to the same opinion we have about participation fees – so-called “pay-for-play.”
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Failure to Focus

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Several times each week that the Michigan Legislature is in session, our legislative liaison office sends the MHSAA and its other clients a list of new bills that have been introduced.  And I alternate between being depressed and infuriated with what I read.
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Wrestling with Integrity

Friday, November 6, 2009
After four seasons on a voluntary basis, in 1997, the MHSAA adopted a mandatory weight monitoring program with a nutrition education component for interscholastic wrestling . . . A remaining point of contention is the “home weigh-in” option for schools during the regula...
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Leaders as Learners

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
When my wife was going through items her 89-year-old mother had kept prior to her death, she discovered a yellow butterfly-shaped ashtray my wife had made as a Brownie in the 1950s.  Can you imagine that?  We had young girls making ashtrays!
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