The school I coach at seems to have gotten it right…
D.S.S.T.’s first senior class has had every member be accepted to a four year college. A remarkable feat! Additionally, the school has a diverse makeup…
the senior class is 60 percent minority, 50 percent will be the first in their families to go to college and 40 percent are low-income.
Why the success? Well the school is hard, but caring. They don’t teach to a “test” but teach for life. The CSAPS take care of themselves. The school makes the kids understand that excuses are just that. They learn quickly that success and failure is a personal choice.
I won’t lie. I hurts my team to have kids missing practice because of tutoring, or internship programs, or mock trial preparation, or some other activity. But I’d rather have a bad team with a bunch of future lawyers and doctors than a great team with kids only interested in “getting to the pros.” For me, the best type of player is a smart player. Smarts trump talent in most cases.
This is not to say my teams are bad, we’re not. And that’s the great thing. We get our wins and I have the privilege of working with our future’s best and brightest.
Not too bad a situation if you ask me.