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Pass to play is now get help to play

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BRIDGEPORT- The idea was sort of from the ‘get tough’ parenting handbook: compel city students to do good in school or they couldn’t play sports. For some sports is why they come to school. But coaches, teachers, students and parents say the plan largely backfired because mechanisms were not in place to help some struggling students get passing grades.
Some students tell me the policy was motivation to do better but they say not all teammates could meet the challenge. Now, the policy has changed again. Students who can’t pull a C in an academic class are required to go to tutoring to play.
What do you think? Did the district wait long enough? Will students not try as hard because they know they can still flunk and play?
Opinions, please.

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Linda Lambeck

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  1. Doin' What I Can says:

    The plan was a knee jerk response to a situation where a student athlete had to attend prep school prior to college. In the “process”there was no collaboration with all those who are effected. There needs to be an open and honest dialogue and action plan, so that student-athletes aren’t imposed upon with a rule without reasonable support. We want are children to develop and reach their potential.

    Kids need help to succeed academically. Sometimes all they need is a chance to do well at sports and that interscholastic success leads kids to want to go to college. I know scores of young men and women who would have NOT gone to college without playing a sport. The district should use sports to motivate academic performance not punish.