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March 23, 2011

Investigating the Ethics and Values of Sports in 2011

Coaches ranked as the No. 1 positive influence on today's student-athletes, according to a recent report released by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. (That sound you just heard was the parents of AAU basketball players taking one giant collective gulp.) The report also uncovered some troubling findings...

February 18, 2011

L.A. Lakers' Ron Artest Talks Mental Health in Schools With Congress

The L.A. Lakers' Ron Artest brought his advocacy for mental-health awareness to the nation's capital yesterday, discussing the issue with members of Congress, according to CNN. Artest, appearing in a panel on behalf of Rep. Grace Napolitano, spoke on behalf of the Mental Health in Schools Act (whic...

February 11, 2011

Texas Rangers to Help Prevent Student-Athlete Steroid Abuse

The Texas Rangers, in partnership with a steroid education foundation, yesterday launched a program aimed at discouraging Texas students from using performance-enhancing drugs, according to the Fort-Worth Star Telegram. Over the coming months, former Rangers catcher Jim Sundberg and other members ...

February 10, 2011

Exercise Increases Students' Cognitive Function, Study Finds

Regular exercise helped previously sedentary, overweight children to perform better on goal-oriented tasks and improved their mathematics ability, according to a recent study from the Georgia Prevention Institute at Georgia Health Sciences University. In the study, which was published in Health Psy...

February 04, 2011

What Can Teachers Learn From the NFL?

My colleagues over on the Education Week Teacher channel wrote a blog post yesterday that I can't help but promote over here: In honor of the upcoming Super Bowl, it's an analysis of what teachers can learn from professional football, based on a recent article on A brief excerpt: Accordi...

February 03, 2011

Philadelphia Eagles Take a Stand Against Bullying on The View

One of the guests today on The View, was Nadin Khoury, a 13-year-old boy who recently fell victim to a brutal bullying incident involving seven assailants on his walk home from school. The attack, which was partially captured on film, featured seven boys (ages 13-17) dragging Nadin across the ground...

January 25, 2011

Why Sports in School?

It's pretty tough to launch a blog aimed at K-12 sports without addressing this fundamental question: Why have sports in school? Or, perhaps more to the point: What value do sports add in schools? I'm not going to pretend to have the be-all, end-all answer right away. In fact, that's one of the mai...

January 21, 2011

Nashville Predators Breaking Stereotype of Jocks as Bullies

Bullying and cyberbulling seemed to explode on to the national consciousness last year with the high-profile deaths of Tyler Clementi and Phoebe Prince. The Nashville Predators, the NHL affiliate in Tennessee, are doing their part to change the long-held "jocks = bullies" stereotype. When you th...

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