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What is high school about

Matt Labrum, the head coach at Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah, benched all 50 of his players last weekend because of character issues. Fed up with poor grades, attendance and attitude problems, in addition to learning that one or two players may have been involved in cyber-bullying another student, Labrum ordered all of his players to turn in their jerseys and equipment.

To get back on the team they had to do two days of community service, not be late to any classes, show grade improvements ... in short a character building effort that was fully supported by parents.

So the question is ... did this coach do the right thing .... is it the job of schools to develop character .... should schools only concentrate on the academics .... would you have supported this effort as a players parent ....

See story at:

High school football coach benches entire team for character ...



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  • Sep 30 2013: There are many problems in schools. One of them is the extreme lack of Calm, Alpha, Adult Males who provide modeling for adolescent males. The coach's extreme behavior is symptomatic of that fact. Clearly, he knows he swims in a sea of mediocre males.

    It's always important to remember:

    We, as a society, do NOT value education. Our priorities are elsewhere. In that sense, we are quite primitive.
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      Sep 30 2013: Perhaps you are right ... however, I see this coach as a excellent role model who saw a problem and used the resources at his disposal to resolve the issue. His action were strong and decisive.

      He demonstrated to the players that education was important as well as character and integrity. I do not consider these actions extreme at all.

      Thanks for the reply. Bob.

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