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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: I believe that school is to inspire higher learning and to promote moral integrity and social responsibility. I understand that these parameters are ambiguous and differ from school to school depending on its curriculum, resources, and administrative focus. (I know it sounds political) Involvement in sports is not an excuse for poor grades and poor attendance, but what I see more fundamental are the attitude problems, which underlie the other two. These all together violate the spirits of sports and teamwork and reflect a lack of responsibility.

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