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Basil Jarrett | High-school sports escapism

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Basil Jarrett | High-school sports escapism

Last week, I wrote an article decrying the practice of past student associations and other benefactors spending disproportionately on high-school sports, as opposed to supporting teaching and learning in the classroom. As you can imagine, the hate mail was immense. I think I need to seriously consider setting up a dedicated email address for those letters, preferably one that scans and filters all forms and spellings of our most popular curse words

Last week, I wrote an article decrying the practice of past student associations and other benefactors spending disproportionately on high-school sports, as opposed to supporting teaching and learning in the classroom. As you can imagine, the hate mail was immense. I think I need to seriously consider setting up a dedicated email address for those letters, preferably one that scans and filters all forms and spellings of our most popular curse words.

In reference to our poor CSEC performance in math, I wrote last week that “It’s easy to see why these numbers and these performances do not motivate past students and other benefactors to get involved. Academics are simply not that exciting.” I also noted that the lofty achievements of the Campions and the Immaculates simply do not get the same level of recognition as our typical Champs or Manning Cup winners.

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But I think what really triggered the vitriol was my calling out the group for “spending lavishly on their high school’s sports teams, but ending up sending their own children elsewhere to get a solid education” . That one really stung.

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A SPORTING CHANCE Some writers quite rightly pointed out that for many youngsters, sports was the only way out of their socio-economic malaise. This is true. But I’d still argue that for many more, a solid education built on the three R’s of reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic was a more practical escape route. To be clear, I’m not denouncing high-school sports. I played sports for both my high school and university. Even our friend ‘Muggy’ Graham, who opened this can of worms a few weeks ago, will tell you that while he has a PhD in chemistry, he was also a standout footballer back in the day, having represented his alma mater, St George’s College, and also Jamaica.

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So no, we aren’t anti-sports. Rather, we are pro-balance.

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