By Ron Borges
In the high school football hotbeds of
The parade is really important.
The buffet is very important.
Not being inconvenienced is extremely important.
Maintaining the schedule is of paramount importance.
Most of all, a timely kickoff is drastically important.
For the adult educators and politicians of those fair cities the present is important. The future of their kids? Not so important.
Yet a battle now exists between the two cities because the folks in
The forward thinking people of
Howard told a Boston Globe reporter the game had to fit neatly between a parade, a marching band performance and various celebratory gatherings around the town or all would be lost. The town could never survive. Or at least he might not come election time. He didn’t mention that the
And we wonder why elite athletes act the way they do? We wonder why they, and too many of their fans, seem to have lost all perspective on the relative importance, and aim, of sports? Why wonder? The stuff is bigger than the SAT scores of 13 Cambridge Rindge players. Obviously.
Numerous Cambridge Rindge players and their parents are quoted as being fearful that they’ll feel rushed to finish the test and hence hinder their chances to get into the best college available. The football coach even went so far as to say these SAT tests “will make or break whether some of those kids go to two-year schools, four-year schools or to a really top school.’’
If that’s the case then the solution seems obvious. Either forfeit the game or play with the players not taking the test that day, making clear to all on the team and in the town that one’s educational future is far more important than the outcome of a football game, even one so filled with nobility as to be the hallmark of Malden High’s 150th anniversary.
Or, if they wanted to make a point as well about
Of course, as one of the supposedly concerned Cambridge parents said to the Globe reporter after pointing out that the Malden folks were “totally being selfish’’ it is, after all, “a league game that counts for the playoffs…They’re putting their parade ahead of the students’ needs.’’ What was that again about totally being selfish?
Should someone in
Should the folks in
Should educators in both towns realize who they’re supposed to be educating? Yes and sometimes that process happens outside of a classroom. Sometimes it happens when the lesson is that education is more important than a football game, including your participation in it. That the future is more important than a single moment which few people will remember for very long. That there are consequences in life when you miscalculate and also hard choices that sometimes have to be made when someone does.
You don’t want your child stressed or feeling rushed about an important test? Then tell him or her that’s all you’ll be doing that day. No games. No parades. No marching band concerts. No bus rides to
You want to teach your students that the group is more important than the individual then you tell your child as well as anyone who was going to dine at the buffet that day that we’re moving the kickoff time back a couple of hours so some kids who live in another town can get their best shot at college. Who knows, one or two of them might marry somebody in our town one day?
And as for the
This is not, however, much ado about nothing despite the surface appearance of parents acting not only badly but like loonies. It’s much ado about where are values are.
Or maybe where they aren’t.