Everyone has different talents. Though it is good to have a vast knowledge of all things, this is not possible for some. Sports players may not be good at math, and history whizzes may not be good at English. No one should be pushed beyond their limits. Everyone should strive to achieve their personal best. School athletes should be allowed to play their sport(s), whether they are on the honor roll or not.
Firstly, this is a matter of equality. If someone is good at foreign languages, but terrible at sports, they are not judged because they do not get a letter grade in sports. But if the situation is switched, then a person who is amazing at sports and bad at foreign languages will be judged because they do receive a letter grade in languages. In addition, people usually consider subjects such as English, Math, Science, and Languages to be more important than sports. This is because they feel that these are more useful in life. However, all subjects should be considered equal because people will follow different career paths in life. That is what school is about. It is a launching pad to your future career. It is supposed to give you a wide range of options so that you can follow the route you choose.
Secondly, when the expectations are set too high, people tend to show lower levels of self-confidence, which can make them perform even worse in their academics and in other areas of their lives. Although I believe that athletes should not be expected to get on the Honor Roll, they should always be encouraged to do their best and at least get a passing grade (C).
Thirdly, although academic excellence is important, it is not the only critical factor for success in life. In my opinion, it is neither necessary nor sufficient for real-world success. We all know too well the example of Bill Gates, who dropped out of college. Today, he is one of the richest men on earth. In addition, he has made remarkable contributions to the computer and information technology (IT) industries. More recently, through his foundation, he has made global impacts on poverty and disease reduction, and even on academic excellence!
In addition, instead of removing athletes from the team because of not being on the honor roll, alternatives should be presented. For example, tutors could be hired to help them in areas in which they are struggling. The school administration, the student, and his or her parents can work together to find solutions.
Finally, school athletes should not have to be on the honor roll to play in games because there is already enough pressure on them to do well and stay on the team. They are already investing their time and energies on becoming better athletes, not on getting straight A’s. Yes, they should get at least a passing grade, but they should not have to get on the honor roll to stay on the team.
In conclusion, school athletes represent the school in games because they are good at sports, not because of their academic prowess. They should not be required to get on the Honor Roll because that is like asking a straight A student to become captain of the football team. The two skills are not mutually exclusive, but they are not commonly found together in the same individuals. Each person should strive for their personal best. They should not be required to do any more or any less.
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