NewEngland's First Draft
Title IX has had a beneficial effect on high schools and college athletics and should be continued. I believe it should be continued because of how it affects high school students and college students in a positive way. Due to Title IX, womenís collegiate sports have become as competitive as the menís collegiate sports. Finally, Title IX shows young adults equality in our country that is morally right.
Before going into the facts of Title IX itself, some of the readers may be wondering what Title IX is? Title IX was the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions (Internet 1).
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation, or denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal assistance.
-Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Under this law, males and females are expected to receive fair and equal treatment in all arenas of public schooling: recruitment, admissions, educational, programs and activities, course offerings and access, counseling, financial aid, employment assistance, facilities and housing, health and insurance benefits, marital and parental statues, scholarships, sexual harassment, and athletics (Internet 1).
The creation of the Title IX law and positively affect high schools and collegiate athletes. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSA, 2002) reported that in 1971, the number of boys participating in high school athletics was approximately 3.7 million. At that present time, only 294,015 girls participating in athletics during 1976-78 school year.By the end of the 1977-78 school year, the number of girls participating in high school athletics had risen to over 2 million. On college campuses girls who comprised only 7.4% of student athletes represented 32.3% by the end of 1977-78 school years. Title IX brought a dramatic change to colleges improving female students as well as female student athletes (NFSHSA, 2002).
Thanks to the making of Title IX, womenís collegiate sports have become as competitive as menís collegiate sports. Women sports are now getting as much television time as menís collegiate sports: ESPN, ESPN 2, Lifetime, etc. Womenís televised games bring just as much media attention including commercials, sponsors, and donations as menís collegiate activities. Womenís collegiate sports have become so competitive that majority of the womenís teams are coach by men. Not imputing the fact that women cannot become head coaches, its just winning teams usually have men as head coaches.
The most important thing about the Title IX law is that it teaches us, as young student adults, that equality still exists in this country. Title IX applies to all elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities. The actual amount of money spent on womenís and menís programs may differ as long the quality of facilities and services for each program achieve parity (Internet 1). For example, equipment needed for menís football may cost more than equipment needed by womenís field hockey. Title IX compliance is achieved as long as both teams are given equipment of comparable quality.
In conclusion, I believe Title IX has had a beneficial effect on high school and college athletics and should be continued. It affects high school and college athletes in a positive way. Womenís collegiate sports have become as competitive as the menís collegiate sports thanks to Title IX. Finally, Title IX teaches student athletes the meaning of equality in the United States of America.
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