Course Hero Logo

The Bias of Rhetoric 3.7 (c).pdf - 3.7 My Notes Annotation...

Course Hero uses AI to attempt to automatically extract content from documents to surface to you and others so you can study better, e.g., in search results, to enrich docs, and more. This preview shows page 1 - 2 out of 4 pages.

© 2021 College Board. All rights reserved.376SpringBoard®English Language ArtsEnglish III3.7EditorialAbolish High School Football!NJ.com, September 20, 2007byRaymond A. Schroth1Are you sure playing high school football is good for your son?2I had doubts long before I read the report in the New York Times(Sept 15) that of the 1.2 million teenagers who play high school football, anestimated 50 percent have suffered at least one concussion, 35 percent two ormore. Since 1997, throughout 20 states, 50 boys have died.3A concussion is a blow to the head that smashes the brain against theskull. Because their brain tissues are less developed, adolescents are mostvulnerable. The victim feels “weird,” has splotchy vision, falls to the ground,vomits, goes into a coma, dies. If he survives he suffers depression, he can’tconcentrate, drops out, and/or develops symptoms later in life.4Worst of all, the young men overwhelmingly told the reporter that ifthey thought their heads had been damaged they would never tell the coach,because he might take them out of the game.5I’ve felt high school football did more harm than good since I taught highschool in the 1960s, since I began getting an inkling of the damage done youngbodies in both high school and college, where linemen are encouraged to “bulkup” to a grotesque 300 pounds in order to do more damage to the enemy—tosay nothing of the damage done to their own late adolescent bodies by gettingso fat.6Football, especially in high school, distorts the goals of the so-callededucational institution that sponsors it, turns ordinary boys into bedazzledheroes, tells them they’re the kings of the corridors, coddled by teachers afraidto flunk them, as their parents try to live out their glamorous dreams over thebroken bodies of their children bashing their helmeted heads into one anotheras thousands cheer.7Buzz Bissinger’s 1990 bestsellingFriday Night Lights, a popular book,film, and TV series, was, in the long run, anindictmentof the small Texastown with nothing going for it but its high school football team. If the town

Upload your study docs or become a

Course Hero member to access this document

Upload your study docs or become a

Course Hero member to access this document

End of preview. Want to read all 4 pages?

Upload your study docs or become a

Course Hero member to access this document

Term
Fall
Professor
N/A
Tags
American football, High school football

Newly uploaded documents

Show More

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture