On Raising Standards

Letters to sports editor

April 21, 1991

EDITOR'S NOTE: Carroll County students who wish to participate in athletics and other extracurricular activities are allowed one failing grade to remain eligible, but students could get by with one F and 4 Ds under the county policy. Some have suggested a more stringent requirement, such as a 2.0 (C) average, but others have said that if therequirements are too tough, some students will take less difficult courses. We have been asking readers if the school board should adopt tougher academic requirements, what should those requirements be and whether the requirements should apply to all extracurricular activities or just athletics. Here are some of the replies we received so far:

From: William J. Brengle


Students that have difficulty maintaining a "C" average need more than average study time.

One failing mark should mean suspension from athletics, etc. until that grade goes to "C" or above.


From: Harry O'Sullivan


In response to the question about "adopting tougher academic requirements," I definitely say yes to that!

The main reason the students are in school is to secure a good education.

All other activities are secondary.

Don't get me wrong when I take this position. I have three sons who are in college now and all three were involved in fall and spring sports (track, cross country and baseball).

They maintained a B and C average throughout their four years of high school.

It can be done if the effort is there.

I don't think a D should be considered a passing grade. When I attended high school, 70 percent was the minimum!

America should be raising our standards, not lowering them.

The requirements should be to:

* Maintain at least a C averagein the core classes for whatever curriculum the student is taking.

* The requirements should apply to extracurricular activities and athletics.

Again, the students should get their priorities in order. A little extra studying and a little less M-TV could be the difference between a B and a C grade.

The students we are raising today are tomorrow's leaders and there is no reason not to strive to be the best!

Less than 1 percent of student-athletes make it to either the NBA or major leagues.


Mail your comments to: Sports ballot,The Carroll County Sun, 15 E. Main St., Westminster, Md. 21157-5052;or FAX it to us at 876-0233.

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