Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Athletics in Schools
Jerry M. Lowe
The importance generally placed upon athletics in American public schools is unique in comparison to most other countries. While there are many critics who believe interscholastic sports are overemphasized in the United States, athletic notoriety continues to define the very life world of many schools and the communities they serve. Culture, climate, mores, and values are developed and maintained in direct relationship to the athletic success enjoyed by the local schools. Along with this heavy emphasis on sports comes a variety of critical issues that must be addressed by the school administration. Funding public school education ...