TODAY'S QUESTION: Should high schools post sports teams' grade point averages online?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | 11:43 a.m. CDT

One high school is attempting to discredit the stigma that athletes are substandard students. It seems to be working.

East Union High School in Manteca, Calif., posts the grade point averages of its varsity teams on the front page of the school’s Web site, reported by KXTV in Sacramento, Calif.

On the site, the grade point averages of the school's nine varsity sports are posted directly below the school's mission statement. The highest is volleyball (3.33), and the lowest is men’s soccer (2.42). Athletes at East Union need at least a 2.0, a C average, to remain eligible to play sports, according to KXTV.

The school places academic-themed posters featuring its own athletes around the school.

"If you have a teammate in class, you'll ask, 'What did you get on that test? Did you turn your homework in?'” basketball player Tyler Bylow told KXTV. “You remind him to get stuff turned in because we need you on the team.”

East Union principal John Alba said the school’s method of encouraging strong academics has a trickle-down effect.

"The freshmen see seniors, and seniors tell them, you don't play unless your grades are up, and it becomes the culture," Alba told KXTV.

Should high schools post sports teams' grade point averages online? Is it fair to target athletes to do better academically? Should athletes’ pictures be used to promote academics on posters in school hallways?


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