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Our View: Ban school night games

School districts around the state are objecting to Gov. Jesse Ventura's budget plans for them. Their gripes seem legitimate, but the schools could do a lot more to show that they are serious about improving education.

School districts around the state are objecting to Gov. Jesse Ventura's budget plans for them. Their gripes seem legitimate, but the schools could do a lot more to show that they are serious about improving education.
Here's an example: On Tuesday, Feb. 13, the hockey teams from Proctor traveled 60 miles to a game in Silver Bay, from Denfeld traveled 81 miles to a game in Grand Rapids, and from Central traveled 113 miles to a game in Ely.
On Thursday, Feb. 15, the Central team traveled 55 miles to a game in Silver Bay. Meanwhile, the Mesabi East boys basketball team traveled 60 miles to play a game in Proctor, and incredibly, the East boys traveled 150 miles one way to play a game in Bemidji.
How can any of this travel be justified from an educational point of view? Game time is 7:30 p.m. The players are done showering no earlier than 9:30 p.m. None of them got home much before 11 p.m., and in some cases it was midnight or 1 a.m. All of these games were played on school nights. How many of these student athletes began the next day ready to learn with homework done?
The state ought to ban all interscholastic athletic activities after 7 p.m. on school nights. Play the games on Friday nights and Saturday, and make the classroom a priority during the rest of the week.

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