I'm not disparaging sports at all..Sports are great and they help some kids stay in school who might think about dropping out if it weren't for a sport they are interested in persuing.I agree with most of what you said but it seems you were disparaging sports. It may be true that parents go to sports events more than to PTA meetings but I don't think that is the answer here. I don't remember my parents ever going to a PTA meeting (I went all the time), and although I was in the band in highschool they never went to a game or a concert (I never missed a game or anything event my son was involved in). I don't think they ever even went to see my highschool play when I had the LEAD part. But they sure did lay down the law at home about homework, going to school, and not getting into trouble at school. Hmmm, wonder if that is why my son graduated higher in his class than I did and why he is more succesful than I ever was.
I will reiterate that I think sports was a HUGE part of my son's success in school and in his later professional life. I have heard parents say "I'm not going to run all over the place taking him/her to games or this or that". Big, big mistake!
Do schools not have evenings set aside after "progress reports" in which parents are given the opportunity to come in and talk to the teachers about their child's progress?...Yep, they do.
Point I was making on THOSE nights, where are all of the concerned parents?.....A small group in comparison to the total number of students in a school.
Now, if the school has a ballgame going on, with cheerleaders, students attending, and parents of course... How many show up?