I agree with no pass no play....but with some kids, it makes their self esteem go down to an all right failure, instead of just a failure in school, because they are not allowed to show what they are good at.<quoted text>This is what it says about schools and I agree with his suggestions. The problem is that was watered down to the point that it had no positive effect. I place the blame on Bill Ratliff. He is the author of the Robin Hood plan.
"In 1983 he (Ross Perot) was called upon by Democratic Governor Mark White to help improve the quality of the state's public education, and ended up leading the effort ("Select Committee on Public Education") to reform the school system, which resulted in major legislative changes. The best known of Perot's proposals that were passed into law was the "No Pass, No Play" rule, under which it was required that students have passing grades in order to participate in any school-sponsored extracurricular activities. The intent was to prevent high school sports from being the focus of the school's funding, and to emphasize the importance of education for the students who participated in sports. Another key reform measure was a call for teacher competency testing, which was strongly opposed by the teachers unions in Texas."
Some kids are great at athletics, but not good in school, and some have been moved upward just do to their athletic abilities, and even given scholarships (in education) and are terrible at school. So it cuts out the ones who are good in education but bad in athletics.
We have to pay for that decision, and we have numerous drop outs that may have actually finished school, with limited education instead of NO education.(I didn't make great grades in high school but was almost straight A's through college. Curricula other than school, was what kept me in school. Problems at home, and school was a safe haven, but I thrived in college.)
So the biggest problem was coaches wanting the great athletes, and now we have some of those with limited educational abilities TEACHING our kids with the athletic scholorships that they got.
Teaching to the test is the next thing we have to pay for with the Ross Perot plan. We are paying for that decision too, which is also contributing to the drop out rate and poor SAT scores.