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Do early outs cause student athletes to miss out?

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Do early outs cause student athletes to miss out?

Jade Allen poses as she exits the school for an early out

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Jade Allen poses as she exits the school for an early out

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Jade Allen poses as she exits the school for an early out

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Student athletes at Orcutt Academy High School have reoccurring early outs from their sixth period classes throughout their sports seasons. Two athletes shared their thoughts about missing nearly three hours of class time each week.

Isabelle Lopez, a sophomore on the varsity tennis team, has frequent early outs from her geometry class so she can get to her matches on time. The tennis player had a nonchalant outlook on the dismissals, saying: “Early outs are something that you can’t really avoid, otherwise I’d be at my games until eight o’clock and get home even later with no time for homework.”She makes a good point: if games were moved to allow these athletes to go to class, they would run late into the evening.

On the other end of the spectrum is OA sophomore Jade Allen who plays on the girls’ JV volleyball team. Depending on the time and location of their games, Allen misses her chemistry class anywhere from one to three hours a week. This has been detrimental to her grade in the class, which she explains by saying, “I end up missing the lectures, so I don’t really know what’s happening on homework or quizzes. I’ve been less successful without having the key information, especially when my teacher isn’t willing to help me catch up.” Jade is also a 4.00 student, but early outs have made this semester especially difficult for her.

In my opinion, early outs don’t actually have a dramatic effect on academic achievement. Although they cause students to miss class, who’s to say the students were going to listen and understand the lesson anyway? So long as they know what the subject matter is, the student should be able to go home and study using the vast resources available online and otherwise. Early outs make students take on more responsibility, which I think we could all use a bit more of.

Early outs are necessary to arrive at sporting events faster, yet it forces athletes to take more initiative in their learning. With a little more help from teachers and the drive to learn, these student athletes are able to catch up on what they miss in class.

 

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