Kelly Hong Editor in Chief
As another year of high school at Pioneer takes place, fall sports have begun to kick in. Meets, games, and matches are all starting to occur and several of these athletes are taking difficult AP and AC classes as well. Many of the fall sports at Pioneer have games that cut into class time. Athletes are excused from classes up to 5th, 6th, and 7th hour in order to rush onto the field or hop on a bus to travel to an opposing high school for a meet. Despite the fact that these students may miss multiple class lessons, they are given the chance to make up any missed school work, and playing at a sporting event demonstrates a commitment that goes beyond the standard classroom setting.
Participating in games is the most crucial component of playing a sport and ensure’s one’s position on the team. Without competition, how would individuals be able to display their passion and commitment shown? The phrase “hard work pays off” would have very little meaning if students are kept from showing their family, friends, and other possible important people the time, devotion, and physical labor it takes to be involved in a sport. For example, college representatives would be unable to properly assess the level of talent student athletes hold. This would potentially restrict the goals of students who wish to continue playing in college.
Student athletes should have the choice of missing school time for sporting competitions because of the assorted life skills that can only be gained through sporting events. In addition, for certain individuals, playing a specific sport beyond high school is their biggest objective. It would reduce the motivation that encourages athletes to strive to become better players and more well-rounded people in general.
Abby Simon News Editor
With almost a full month underway in school now, Pioneer’s fall athletic teams are in full swing. While most games take place after school or on weekends, occasionally students must leave school early to be at their events on time. When a student athlete misses school for an event or a game, the athletic office excuses their absence and expects for those students to make up work on time.
As part of being a student athlete, many people believe that academics should come first. Students are mandated to attend school, yet voluntarily sign up to participate in sports. Therefore, students should not be allowed to miss school for a sporting event.
The majority of high school athletes will not be playing their sport in college or any professional leagues, but participate as a way to get exercise and make friends, all to enjoy themselves. Academics will most likely take students farther in life than whichever sport they participate in.
Students missing class instructional time also cause a disturbance to teachers as they have already planned out their weekly schedule. Teachers have five classes a day, often seeing over 150 different students, which makes it difficult to keep track of every absent student on any given day of the week. Teachers have so many other important things to deal with and voluntary student absences place an added, and not needed, burden.
Not only does missing class affect teachers, it also affects other students in the classroom. Many teachers have switched to methods of teaching in which kids’ desks are arranged in groups as a way to encourage class discussion and teamwork. When a peer misses class, they are affecting the group dynamic in a negative manner.
Myself being a student athlete, I believe that keeping up with school work during season is much more difficult. There is less time to meet with teachers after school about questions on the material because you have to rush to practice or a game.
There are certainly benefits for participating in sports, but there should also be regulations about missing class time for events. Ultimately, missing class is out of a student’s control and lies in whomever planned the team’s schedule. It is simply up to the student to make up whatever work is missed and make sure all class material is understood.