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Residents call foul

Parents step up to bat for school sports

January 11, 2013

Following rumors of proposed budget cuts to middle school sports programs in Barbour County, concerned parents and community members have banded together to take a proactive approach to the situation....

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Jan-12-13 8:47 PM

Also, maybe if some of you would take the time to go to a school sporting event and show support for the kids in your area you would see that what you are saying is nonsense. While parents in Barbour Co are passionate about their children when they play sports, MOST of us are also passionate about our children getting good grades. Because if they don't have the grades, they won't play or be able to further their education. Maybe before you make comments that make yourself look stupid, you should consider all the facts. If you were not involved in this meeting or know what occurred to bring the meeting about, you should not assume that you know what is happening.

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Jan-12-13 8:37 PM

Here is what all of you don't seem to understand. We were all at this meeting to discuss ways to help fund middle school sports just in case it would become a reality that the BOE would see the need to cut funding. I do not know what happens in other counties with school sports, but I can tell you that in Barbour Co parents are not only there for their children's sporting events, but also are there to ensure that their children receive an education. My daughter has played sports since she was 3, it is/has always been HER choice to play. She now plays HS sports AND is on the honor roll. She works hard and earns her grades. Barbour County teachers WILL NOT give athletes grades to play, they must be EARNED. Education is VERY important. All the parents that attended the meeting in question want the best education for their children, but they also want them to have the benefits that come along with sports. It helps children gain self esteem, make friends and become well rounded adults.

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Jan-11-13 8:43 PM

what I meant to say is how would you know about the relationships between a parent and their children.

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Jan-11-13 8:41 PM

Pure, People only have to read your comments to know what kind of person you are. Your comments about the intelligence of these parents just shows you arrogance. You have said you have no children so how could you know about the parent have with their children? Stick with something you really know something about. I truly don't think that is too awful much.

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Jan-11-13 3:00 PM

WOuldn't it be nice if this many showed up at the schools when they had parent/teacher conferences? Yeah. No wonder WV kids grades SUCK!

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Jan-11-13 3:00 PM

Just listen to these parents. I bet not ONE of them would have showed up if they said we're taking reading and math out of the curriculum. Hmm...and we wonder why the children graduate STUPID.

ANy teacher will tell you parents won't return their calls; don't show up for meetings, don't get involved in their childrens STUDYING and LEARNING. But boy.....not one of them would miss a sports event, eh?? And we wonder why WV has so many UNSKILLED workers??????????

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Jan-11-13 2:56 PM

Oh Boo Hoo. I bet the entire group of parents AND their kids' IQ combined wouldn't make the grade to be even registered.

SPORTS is an 'extra-curricular' activity. PAY for it yourselves. Taxpayers should NOT be paying for after school sports. Parents fund it or get rid of it.

Teach the kids to READ, WRITE, SPELL, ADD, SUBTRACT, HISTORY, SCIENCE and stop making them stupid but hey, they can play ball. Duh!

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Jan-11-13 1:27 PM

Folks, just ignore puremagic. He does'nt like anything or anybody....

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Jan-11-13 12:58 PM

Parents don't have a problem funding them, the problem is that by and large the community doesn't care enough about the schools in general. If they did, the bond and levies would have passed, but instead they were beaten by a large margin.

I've played every sport I could, and I've coached several teams in baseball and soccer as an adult, and there are VERY few kids that are being forced into it. And in all of these recreational leagues, the parents are indeed paying for it. They pay for it through registration fees, by volunteering time, by running the concession stands, etc.

Money spent on sports is not "wasted". Myself and soccermom have given multiple examples of how its good for kids. I don't see how you equate money spent on sports with poor math skills. They are independent activities.

You bemoan the money spent on sports and poor education while simultaneously discrediting college as well. You make a lot of blanket statements that are patently false.

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Jan-11-13 11:22 AM

Puremagix, I am not sure that you were reading the same article that we read. I was at the meeting last night, and what the parents are trying to do is keep the middle school sports program there so that those kids that want to play, have that option. Most children are not "forced" into playing sports, most "choose" to play sports. Playing sports helps kids realize that they have to do well academically or they cannot play. They work hard in both areas so that they can feel good about themselves. It helps with self-esteem, and several other qualities. Maybe you were not good at sports and therefore think that you should put those down that are good at playing sports. Whatever the reason for your comments, there are those of us who would work hard to make sure that our children are given the same opportunities as every other child when it comes to academics and/or sports. I want my children to be able to excel in whatever he/she desires.

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Jan-11-13 10:49 AM

Puremagix, IQ is an innate ability, the schools have no control whatsoever over childrens' IQ's.

I have had friends for many decades that I had no contact with other than sports growing up. It teaches kids the value of teamwork and how to set goals and work towards those goals. It teaches kids accountability to people besides themselves. In school it allows kids to be part of a positive group. The friendships develop last a lifetime. There are tons of good things that come from sports rather than adults trying to live vicariously through their kids.

On a more constructive note, if sports are truly on the chopping block, would it not make sense to try adding a modest surcharge to the recreational league registration that would go to the middle schools? Perhaps an extra dollar for registration for each kid. It might help close the gap a little.

Or purhaps a similar surcharge for admittance into the highschool sporting events.

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