It has to do with priorities. If you have to choose between ice hockey and algebra, you know what gets cuts. We’ve come to accept sports as a part of the school program like English or history. But in lots of countries young athletes compere in games not affiliated with schools. And kids in some of those countries do better academically than kids from the U.S. We do that some too. Think Little League. Maybe it’s time we started looking at ways to support teams outside the school system.In Pitchfork's world, the choice is between academics and athletics. In the real world, the choice should be between maintaining the tradition of sports in school - a tradition that's literally hundreds of years old - and giving away tax gifts to corporations and millionaires.
It amazes me that some people are willing give up the rich traditions of this country because they think they can save a few pennies. But that, of course, is the false choice the middle-class has been sold by the Pitchforks of the nation for over 30 years.