No Pass No Play Rule Essay

1639 Words Apr 16th, 2009 7 Pages
Historical Perspective No pass, no play has been a part of Texas high school football since 1985. During that time, Ross Perot spearheaded a campaign to require higher standards for athletic participation. According to the state law, students must have a passing grade in each class during the grading period they are attempting to participate in the extracurricular activity in order to be eligible to participate. Although the state of Texas was the first to initiate the academic standards, most states quickly followed behind passing similar “no pass / no play” rules. The passing of this law has created controversy since its inception. Many educators, lawmakers, and members of the community support the law; however, some community …show more content…
Great performance in the classroom then yields itself as a pre-requisite for the privilege of participating in extra activities. Many teachers and coaches use this requirement as a great motivator for student success. That is, the very presence of a football player on a football field or a student government member serving his or her school means they have reached a certain level of success in the classroom. Some students that would not have been successful in the classroom prior to the passage of the law now have a greater reason to improve their academic achievement. Many proponents of the “no pass / no play” rule held that student GPAs would increase and fewer students would become ineligible. Although much research has been conducted, results have been contradicting; thus, it is impossible to conclude that the grade requirement have actually resulted in improved academic achievement among participants in extracurricular activities. Most of the results in our district are more intangibly connected to concepts like leadership and active citizenship. Students that participate in extracurricular activities are just seen as more likely to become active citizens after high school graduation (Zepeda and Langenbach, 1999). Most students in our school district; however, cannot experience this connection on a large scale because most of our high school students do not participate in

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