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“Sports are a big thing here” says Jenny, a student who moved to America from South Korea. (Ripley, Amanda. “The Case against School Sports.” The Atlantic. 4 November 2013.) Well that’s for sure! America’s high-school academic scores are lower than they’ve ever been before, but instead of worrying about that they’re sitting around worried about which team is going to win the next big game.
There are all types of different sports in schools all over the country. Basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, football, tennis, etc. In all of these sports in their own way, the players get special treatment. For example, Jenny says her high-school have days when the teams dress up in Hawaiian clothes or pajamas just because they’re the soccer team! (Ripley, Amanda. “The Case against School Sports.” The Atlantic. 4 November 2013.) In Unicoi County Schools, students who play a sport also get special privileges, whether it be getting away with dress code violations, leaving school early, academics or whatever. Teachers are more lenient with the athletes, and that’s not fair! There is also a pol…