Is cutting sports a smart budgeting move for strapped schools?
Is this the answer to freeing up money, or are there better alternatives?
Definitely not a smart budgetting move. However, and unfortunately, it is used many times as a ploy to rile up the masses and gain more support of increased budgets. Sports are a co-curricula activity and can be as beneficial, or more beneficial, to a student's development than knowledge gained in the classroom. There has been much written about the benefits of athletics in the development of young people. Are there better alternatives? Perhaps, but the answer is simply to not underfund education. Invest in the future.
The benefits of sporting activities makes it difficult to support cutting them. However, sports is easy to cut because of the lower priority it has. However, once sporting activities can be sustained at a sufficient level, it would be a smart move. A strapped school has few options and has to cut something. Everything would be important to the school, but sport can be played informally or uncompetitively as well.
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