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From the mouths of sports writers

by: Eric B.

Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 14:00:00 PM EDT


The amount of attention I spend paying attention to high school sports is, spread over a year, about 10 milliseconds. Usually it's just to use the success of one of our local teams as a sign of my own personal greatness, even though I have no connection to that success whatsoever. Or, as a cheap way to ridicule people who live in another town. Beyond that, I just simply couldn't care less.

I do direct you to this column about high school sports, however. You can fully expect one of the drones -- one of the ones who has exactly zero direct experience dealing with school funding but lots of think tank experience reading about it -- to produce an "article" explaining why it's all wrong.

The problem is schools these days don’t have the cash to be everything to everyone. State operational funding has declined over the last seven years, falling well behind inflation. And all of us have decided that for them, undervaluing and underfunding public education, unwilling to pay on the front end for whatever reason — selfishness, shortsightedness, political ideology, a lack of connectedness to school financing issues from a novice, term-limited state legislature, etc.

A lot of the sports writers I've known over the years were focused almost funnel-like on the sports of school athletics and only vaguely aware that it was part of something bigger, so it's nice to read this.

Eric B. :: From the mouths of sports writers
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