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Sports Reputation?

What about academic achievements?

I share Brian Hickman's love of sports, but I have a question for Brian.  Don't you think we should applaud, to a much greater degree, the remarkable academic achievements of our public school students? What is the reputation in which we should most focus?  BHS has had back-to-back outstanding performances at the Massachusetts State Science Fair finals (competing against some of the most affluent communities in the state). The Boston Globe featured, in both headlines and an editorial, a BHS junior for her Science Fair research discoveries.  That project took 1st place in Massachusetts.  Check out the article ("Town Square" -below) "Braintree Youths Awarded Scholarships."  Our MCAS scores are strong.  Finally, my son finds his first year of college to be "easy" compared to the rigorous education he received at BHS.  Perhaps, even more than our pride for local sports, we should stand more proud of our children's academic achievements at our outstanding public schools.  When you consider the reputation of the town, what is more important?  

Brian F Hickman March 22, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Academic achievements take 1st place. Braintree does have a good school system. I have always praised our schools! I also feel that in order to feel good about Yourself, your School, and Braintree...Sports is is at the top of the list in teaching our children how to compete and be the best at what u do! That is the way i feel! Take care my friend!
Kathleen DeWitt March 23, 2014 at 09:29 AM
Good response Brian. All in all well rounded students Nanakate
truthhurtz March 24, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Patrick a very well written article. Many of us share your love of sports but agree with your point of view. Schools were created to educate the mind. Sadly a lot of press and dollars are dedicated to the sports programs in many school systems as other pieces of the education system fall into disrepair.
zing01 March 25, 2014 at 11:21 AM
I THINK ALL ACHIVEMENTS SHOULD BE GIVEN THE SAME RECONITION! ONE IS NO MORE IMPORTANT THAT THE OTHER. LIFE IS FULL OF ALL KINDS OF ACHIVEMENTS AND LIFE EXPERENCES. AS LONG AS WHATEVER IT IS YOUR CHILDREN DO, IF ITS HELPS THEM GET THE MOST OUT OF LIFE, THAT ACTIVITY OR SPORT HAS DONE ITS RESPECTIVE JOB. CZ

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