The overgrowth of sports in our society and has resulted in a host of potential problems for the young people who associate with the sports culture found in schools. Although the positive elements of sports are routinely touted, the negatives are far more insidious to youth. Most of the positive aspects of sports are unproven, overstated, or subverted by the culture of sports as it exists today. The sports culture creates understandings of the world and self that are at odds with the public mission of schools in a democratic society. The essay proposes that sports be taken out of schools due to the deleterious effects they have on the moral, physical, and social development of youth.

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