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What Would Happen If... We Ran Our Football Teams As We Do Our Classrooms * Everyone would have the right to equal playing time so that all could develop their athletic skills equally. • Cooperation would be more important that excellence. Competition would be frowned upon. • Since star athletes are already talented, they would not need special coaching or conditioning. They could help teach other athletes since "to teach something is really to learn it." • We could "coach to the middle." • We could strive to develop well-rounded athletes. Thus, the star quarterback would take a turn sitting on the bench as a trainer. The student of lower analytical skills would get a turn as quarterback. The out-of-shape student who hates physical activity would get the opportunity to play running back. • Coaches would be expected to be understanding when jobs, family trips or homework interfered with practice time by flexibly adapting game plans; they could meet with coaches in the parking lot. Coaches would have to plan their plays before or during supervision duty. • Coaches could not demand too much of students lest they create stress or interfere with many other interests and priorities. • If the team had a losing season, new philosophies of coaching would be developed. Each new philosophy would discard all previous philosophies. It would require a two-hour training session and supply the coach with a pocket folder crammed with philosophy and objectives. Coaches could plan their strategies between supervision duties and games. What Would Happen ... We Ran Our Classrooms As We Do Our Football Teams • Teachers would walk into class enthused and fire up with the importance and relevance of what they were teach- ing. • "Students would be in class because they wanted to learn and they would respect the teacher and put all their energy into the class. Class would be more important to them than their jobs or football practice. • Parents wouldjam the schools asking the teacher how to help their students excel. • Students wouldn't dare miss class or skip doing home- work lest they be dropped from the academic team. • Students would develop a sense of teamwork and coop- eration fueled by their love of learning and challenging of each other. Students would take pride in their classes and demand that classmates give their best. • Students would clamor to be "student of the week" or make the honor roll. Other students, teachers and the community would enthusiastically and supportively be in- volved in student learning. • We would have rallies and bands and cheerleaders for National Merit Scholars and honor students, and they would not feel uncomfortable about receiving the attention because this would be every student's dream. • Every night the 10 p.m. news would devote a full 10 minute segment to education issues and highlights. The morning radio stations would compete for the education audience. * Newspapers would devote several pages or a whole section, complete with pictures of academic activities.. • We would demand excellence in the classroom and teach cooperation and patience on the playing field. Our society would clamor to build and equip learning facilities because everybody would recognize the value of well-educated citizens to the business community. (Editor's note: Courtesy of Pine Eagle School District su- perintendent Steve Peterson; reprinted from the MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRmUNE.) .... Page 11 Hells Canyon Journal May 8, 1996