At a high school in California, something is missing. As the population of Asian immigrants in the area has grown, interest in the football team, both playing on it and watching the games, has dropped drastically. It’s not that the Asian students aren’t interested in sports. Schools in the area have healthy golf and tennis programs and many Asians turn out for the basketball team. They just don’t care for football.
Of course the fact that the football program is suffering has caused no end of wailing and moaning – followed closely by an assortment of asinine statements.
Despite all the academic accolades the high school and the rest of the district have received, board members say, athletics needs to be improved before the district can boast of offering a fully comprehensive education.
Without football you don’t have a "comprehensive" educational program? Maybe the fact that football isn’t a major distraction at the school – as it is at too many American high schools – has contributed to the academic achievements.
School board members and principals want students and parents to become more enthusiastic about sports because, they say, it helps build character, leadership and self-esteem.
Translation: if it ain’t football, it ain’t sport.