re: BZ.I would LOVE to see school sports dropped. For example, in Oregon, 75% of the combined state, county, and city budgets goes to K-12. From $11,000 to $15,000 per student. Multiply that by 1.5 if the student is an illegal..One half of that money goes to school sports. This 50% is typical, nationally..Some national stats from CDC, NIH, orthopedic assoc, etc. on what K-12 sports do to kids:.14 million kids play sports..7 million of them will be hurt bad enough to go to the ER, which accounts for ~80% of all ER visits of kids under 18. That doesn’t count other doctor visits, such as to immediate care..400,000 will have a brain injury. These can kill, maim, change personalities, cause memory loss, can cause depression bad enough for suicide, etc. .Essentially every athlete has “weather aches” and similar permanent injuries from knees, elbows, etc..Even the Soviets, who our current teachers think so highly of, had strict limits on how aggressive kids could be and how hard they could train. The reason was they knew kids bodies were still developing and they couldn’t fix much of the damage done from sports..Until the 1990s, we had strict limits too. That sure changed..If someone’s 18 and wants to bash their head and limbs in football or basketball, let them. But the taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for kids to hurt themselves.
Oct 18, 2013