Occupy the FHSAA

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Let us recap briefly the educational mobility values of our state, as reflected by Polk County’s experience:

Perfectly fine: Allowing all the wealthiest students to concentrate in a handful of charter and special schools, regardless of address, and allowing them to move at will between them if they have the right family mobility and circumstances to do it. (Anybody know a stay-at-home mom who took part-time job as a para to get their kid into one of the fancy schools?)

Solemn breach of honor demanding sanction: A few kids leaving one wealthy high school to play football at a less wealthy school. Of course, if those kids had wanted to go play at a charter high school, it wouldn’t matter at all where they lived. Only how they could work the wait-list, right?

Anyway, high school football is a sordid business, like everything else. And I think, when you build giant HD video scoreboards and command the sort of public attention that Dreadnaught football does, it’s a little silly to go to the “there are more important things in this world” card, as LHS Coach Bill Castle did today.

On the other hand, it’s astonishing that our state cares more about the veneer of fairness in playing high school football than it does in actually educating kids. I would say, hey, let’s vote the FHSAA oppressors out of office. But, of course, it’s not a democratic institution. It’s like the Fed, unelected and unaccountable, because some things are just too important to leave to the influence of the rabble.


Creative Commons License photo credit: Tom Hagerty for Lakeland Local

2 thoughts on “Occupy the FHSAA

  1. This one is not drawing any comments?  I thought this one was as provocative as the “McDump” article.  Either way, I enjoyed them both.   

  2. This one is not drawing any comments?  I thought this one was as provocative as the “McDump” article.  Either way, I enjoyed them both.   

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