Monday, May 19th, 2008...3:19 pm
We Need to Work on Selling Academics, Not Sports
Why don’t we have a pep rally for academics?
A couple of months ago I had to sit through a hour-long meeting where the importance of athletics was emphasized as a powerful way to build connections with kids and their families. Well, duh.
I love sports, but that hour long meeting left me shaking my head. Do we really need to convince people that sports are a great way to attract kids? Sports are easy. Now, by this I don’t necessarily mean the playing of sports. Building a championship team takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (literally). What I mean is that building enthusiasm for sports is easy.
Now, try doing the same thing in academics. This is hard. It’s also overlooked and unappreciated when it actually happens. After that meeting I mentioned to a colleague that I thought my blog was building connections with all of the 9th graders. I mentioned that those connections could lead to students caring about each other more and help build a community among them. She looked at me like I had grown two heads. As if something like academics could do such a thing. Well, I dedicate this student remark recently left on my class blog to her and everyone else out there who doubts such a thing could happen:
I love how the blog has connected us so much more to each other.