Congratulations to all the women sports hero's who set a great example for our SAT ACT girl athlete students.
"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." These are the essential words from the Title IX Act of 1972, a monumentally important act of legislation, which has profoundly changed the course of American society. Title IX is known for the impact it has had on women and sports, although there was no specific mention of athletics in the original legislation.
TITLE IX IMPACT ON WOMEN ATHLETES
The numbers speak for themselves concerning the impact of Title IX for women athletes. In 1971 there were 294,015 high school varsity women athletes. By 2009 that number had risen to 3,172,637 a remarkable 1079% increase in women participation. In 1971 there were 29,972 women who participated in intercollegiate sports. By 2009 that number rose to186,460 an increase of 622%. Bernice "Bunny" Sandler who helped draft the original legislation says,"the law is the most important step for gender equality since the 19th Amendment gave us the right to vote."
As an SAT/ACT coach I have worked with well over 1000 students- roughly the same number of young men and women. I find just as many young women participate in high school sports and are being recruited to play collegiate sports as are young men. Not only are sports affected by Title IX but so are activities like school bands- an area where both males and females participate.
The sports landscape is drastically different than before 1972.
At all levels there are just as many girls soccer leagues, basketball teams, lacrosse travel teams, and softball teams as there male counterparts. The benefits of athletic participation is unquestioned: higher confidence, increased self-worth, improved self esteem, learning to work as group, improved health, and many more.
I feel that the most important benefit of Title IX are the opportunities off the field for women. I think the real promise of the American Dream is an equal playing field, an equal opportunity to succeed or fail as the next person. Title IX, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are about fairness and opportunity, not gaining an unfair advantage, just about leveling the playing field.
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As someone who works with students across all spectrums of society I see access and opportunity to education is vital. I wrote my interactive and digital playbooks in order to level the playing field for students who couldn't afford hundreds of dollars an hour for private coaching. The books are geared towards athletes and performing artists. Technology allowed us to write interactive SAT ebooks that just a couple of years ago could not be written. Students who attend high performing high schools and whose parents can afford private coaching certainly have educational opportunities and advantages that students whose high schools struggle and can't afford to hire coaches to improve their SAT/ACT scores.
The books we have written gives students the benefits of 20 hours of personalized coaching for a small fraction of that cost. By improving SAT/ACT scores students can reduce tuition and receive scholarships that can make the difference between going to college or not being able to attend. A small investment in my SAT playbooks on ibooks can have a major change in a young person's life by giving them a chance to compete with those who have more resources at their disposal.
A GOOD COACH
A good coach realizes early on that all athletes can't be treated exactly the same way. Each person is driven to succeed by differing motivations and tactics. A good coach understands each individual athlete's personality and how best to create an environment for success. I believe student's learn in different ways. My interactive and digital playbooks appeal to multiples senses- visual, auditory, and tactile. People learn best when they can use multiple senses to learn and then more readily apply those learnings to become a successful SAT/ACT test taker.
Data from the NCAA shows the continued affect of Title IX legislation. From 2004-2010 there was a 14% increase in female student athletes in Division I, 21% in Division II, and 14 % in Division III. Data also suggests that participation in college athletics increases the college graduation rate. Title IX really comes down to opportunity, equality and fairness. I believe that is the promise of this country.
July 25, 2014
Comments On Anniversary Of Title IX Jennie Finch Two-time Olympian in softball and 2004 gold medalist, set NCAA record with 60 straight wins: "It's kind of funny because I have two older brothers and I turned out to be the super jock in the family. I'm so blessed I had the opportunity to do so and play the game at so many levels and travel the world." ... "It's scary to think about the effects long-term (of softball being dropped from the Olympics) and what's going to happen to our sport in eight or 16 years." ... "It's so important to educate and share that these opportunities can be taken away if we don't keep pushing and breaking down barriers and fighting."
Comments On Anniversary Of Title IX Lauren Cheney Olympic gold medalist in soccer and starter on U.S. team that reached the finals at last summer's Women's World Cup: "I think about being a young girl on recess and the boys saying, `Oh, you can't play football, you're a girl.' I can't imagine actually being told I can't play and how I would have reacted to that." ... "I'm so grateful for the women who did fight for that for us and for Title IX, and that I am able to play at the level that I'm playing at."