Athletic Programs in Schools Argumentative Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Athletic Programs in Schools
An argument that art and music education are more important for students than organized, competitive sports.
# 118127 | 734 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jan 07, 2010 in Art (Education) , Education (Physical) , Sport (General) , Music Studies (General)

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The writer argues against the assertion that competitive athletics in schools builds character and imparts values and contends that music and art studies are more culturally and intellectually stimulating. The writer therefore contends that if a school implements budget cuts, the subsidization of team sports should have the least priority. The writer concedes that there are some benefits to school sports and suggests ways for schools to raise money for their sports programs.

From the Paper:

"Many public schools today are facing the fact that there is often not enough money available to fund all of the in-school and extracurricular activities that benefit students and expand their horizons. Common victims of this lack of funds are art programs, music programs, and very often, athletic programs.
"If I were put in a position in which I had to defend the fight to eliminate competitive athletics in the local public schools, I would first debunk the idea that team sports impart important lessons to students that cannot be learned elsewhere in school or life. Secondly, I would point out that music and art, two programs that often vie for the same funds as sports, do offer benefits to students that help them learn and develop real world skills and important, personal characteristics, and are more educationally stimulating than sports."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Knocks for Jocks". Psychology Today. Nov-Dec 1994.
  • "Music Education Facts and Figures". The National Association for Music Education. 2002. MENC. 10 Feb 2007. < >
  • Zull, James E. "Arts, Neuroscience and Learning". News from the Neurosciences. 2005. New Horizons for Learning. 10 Feb 2007. < >

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