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  1. June 23, 2009 at 12:56 am | | Reply

    Agree with the principle here, athletics at Boston Public High Schools should be better supported financially, but the focus needs to be on academics first.

    The entire point of public schools is to educate, not train. While athletics play a valuable role in building character and introducing children to the concept of a team, we first need to have top notch academic programs. That is not the case today.

    bloomtoperish makes a valid point that it’s a shame the top sports city in the USA has such a weak public high school sports program, but an even more important point is that it’s a shame that the “Athens of the New World”, with its plethora of top colleges, research centers and high-tech companies has such weak academics at its public high schools.

    Having said all that, really wish we had the financial resources to implement a lacrosse program at BLS, would’ve jumped all over that.

  2. June 23, 2009 at 9:24 am | | Reply

    nice informative piece Josh.. It’s all true and too bad. Sports build character and teach you how to work with others through thick and thin which in turn carries over to the workplace, where most of us ex-jocks end up. Sports taught me so much. It’s been this way forever in the city playing HS sports. I remember playing out of league games against the Duxbury’s or Peabody’s of the world and being in awe of how much easier it was to field a ground ball on those finely manicured fields. Playing balls off of rocks at Towne Field in Dot or Clifford Field in Roxbury made me that much better of a fielder. I guess that’s a positive to take out of a pretty sad situation with Boston HS sports right now.

  3. DF
    July 8, 2009 at 3:37 pm | | Reply

    Great article and true.

    I have two kids in BPS, both in HS but one is attending BLS. Just the the difference between the two schools are more than noticable let alone the difference if you’re stepping out of the city. Sports helps build a child and give them character. We need more funding for sports!

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  5. July 15, 2009 at 3:03 pm | | Reply

    through a combination of athletics and academics, athletics is definitely one way out of the cycle of poverty. It is a shame, as you so aptly point out, that many of these student athletes are not given a level playing field on which to compete. Athletics is important for many reasons and should not be ignored by the public school system.

  6. Sam Adams
    August 6, 2009 at 9:56 pm | | Reply

    Hey,
    I am going into my senior year at BLS and am one of three captains of the football team this year. I can really relate to your article having played at the infamous Clemente field myself for four years. As you may have heard, Clemente field has been renovated into a state of the art turf field. Although I am looking forward to a fresh start on a brand new field, the scars from the dust, rocks, and occasional broken bottles will always remain with me. It is my hope that we will preserve our city toughness even though we will be practicing on the same type of field as our spoiled suburban DCL opponents.
    It is a shame that many Boston Public school athletic programs are forced to operate on the bare minimum funding. These programs are not fortunate enough to have booster clubs or other endorsements. Part of the reason for poor athletics is the equally dismal academic programs of many of these schools. The combination of poor athletics and academics is a major deterrent for any prospective student.
    Personally I hope that the BPS system can pull itself together. It would certainly be staggering if on Thanksgiving Day the team across from the Wolfpack was someone other than the English High Bulldogs.
    Sam

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