If you’ve been to any high school sports event, you know that sometimes the kid spectators go a little crazy, yelling loudly during all parts of the game, like during free throws or volleyball serving.
I call that school spirit. It adds to the excitement of the game. It energizes the players on the field or court, even if the opposing team is doing it. Noise helps them player harder. (Do you ever hear someone tell the college crowds to hush during free throws?)
Enter onto the scene: wet-blanket administrators. They stand guard at every event ready to keep order. And although their presence is needed in case behavioral problems arise, I’ve recently witnessed an administration that is either extremely paranoid or takes great pleasure in crushing school spirit.
Shushing kids at a volleyball game because they are too loud or don’t like a call?
Threatening to shut down an entire night of powder puff football if even one thing goes wrong?
Telling the kids when and where and how loud they can be in expressing their school spirit?
I’m sorry to say, Mr. Principal, that your wet-blanket attitude does not foster a vibrant atmosphere of school pride. When kids are constantly looking over their shoulders, worried about the dreaded wet-blanket, they subtly pull back, and slowly, very slowly, school spirit in the high school dies a slow death.
I say let the kids have good clean fun. (I’m not talking obscene-gesture, morally-depraved crazy fun) Let them be loud. Let them be creative. And administrators, leave the wet blanket home. Better yet, hang it out to dry and put it in the closet where it belongs.
What do you think of kids exhibiting school spirit and how far we should let them go? I’d like to hear your comments.