The Norwalk Citizen News reports the Norwalk Board of Education is lowering its standards in order to allow students with lower GPAs to play high school sports:
Under the Athletic Eligibility Pilot Program approved by the Board of Education last week, high school students with grade-point averages of 1.5 will be allowed to participate in sports if they are tutored four times a week and bring up their grades.
High school students previously were required to maintain minimum GPAs of 1.7 to take part in athletics. The program is effective for the 2006-07 academic year.
This is so disappointing. I have found young people usually rise or fall to the level of the expectations their mentors set for them. The Board of Education should be raising the expectations for high school athletes instead of dumbing down the standard to an even lower, less than mediocre, GPA. High school athletes, and a board of education, should understand that students are in school to get an education.