Value Of Sports

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Value of Sports and Visual Arts In today's society, high school sports are highly valued. With sports comes recognition, good health and so much more. Although sports provide many positives for growing teens, they are too glorified. Too much funding and support from schools and communities goes into the sports program, that will most likely only last a child to the end of their high school career. For example, Royalton high school spends roughly around $$$ on football alone, while only providing the drama department with $1,500. In fact, each of the visual arts programs only receive around $1,000. While many programs out of school allow kids to participate in sports, rarely are there any that involve acting, music, and art. The art programs,…show more content…
It is my opinion, that those who are not in sports during high school are deemed as a lesser person because they are not “involved” enough. The problem with this is that our community provides little funding and attention to other activities, such as drama or speech. Personally, I do not understand why they are valued differently, because they both provide amazing attributes to a growing teen. To say that one is better than the other, or more important, undermines the talent of the other. Some people will go to college for music, and some will go for sports. For that very reason I believe they should be valued equally, since different people like different things, schools should embrace that diversity. By placing importance over the other, our society is discouraging many teenagers from doing certain things, because it is not…show more content…
It has been proven that playing an instrument or vocal singing, raises IQ levels and stimulates critical thinking. A report by ‘Americans for the Arts’ states that, “Young people who participate regularly in the arts, are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate”. To further this point, schools in Finland have added Fine Arts to their core subjects and have now become the highest scoring country in math and sciences. In terms of Scholarships, a graduate is much more likely to receive, and keep, a music scholarship over a sports scholarship. “It’s true that students involved in the arts do better in school and on their SATs than those who are not involved,” write researchers Lois Hetland and Ellen Winner of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This furthers the idea that the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance, are all beneficial to brain

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