Originally Posted by perfectblade
anyone with a shred of common sense would tell you that science is more significant to the national interests of the us and humanity as a whole. good logical fallacy though. "hitler might have also said 2+2=4. let's hunt down any one with a basic level of abstract reasoning!"
It is not a logical fallacy. Here, use this for reference.
Your beliefs are also not abstract reasoning. They served as a basis for slavery, racism, and every other type of discrimination. Just because you perceive something to be more beneficial than others, does not make it so. Moreover it's irrelevant even if it is true. It does not serve as a cause for adjusting budgets in one direction or another.
the us emphasizes sports and sport culture far above many other countries. it's ingrained into our scholastic culture to a degree that's-absurd. yet health and obesity issues are major issues here (bigger issues than anywhere else probably).
Really? Health and obesity issues are absurd? CVD is a major cause of death. Definitely the biggest by far. Life expectancy is also shorter in the United States compared to other similarly developed countries. Frankly, we already spend a ridiculous amount of money on obscure diseases that a small percentage of the population suffers from, as opposed to the huge percentage of the population that is at risk from CVD which is directly related to physical fitness and nutrition.
Besides, I don't even understand why we're talking about this. We spent a much larger amount of money promoting and supporting science. There are two to three labs for every stadium. Not to mention that elementary schools in many states have cancelled recess in favor of class time. I mean really? What do elementary kids study that warrants cancelling recess?
why? well it turns out spending a lot of time emphasizing sports in school and teaching sports rules in gym class might be useful for turning kids into fans and promoting fundraising through sports, but it's not necessarily that useful in promoting physical health. spending a lot more time talking about good eating habits, which is probably the biggest problem considering people do get a fair amount of exercise here would probably help. spending more time teaching basic fitness techniques rather than the nuances of sport rules in gym classes would probably help as well.
Maybe because sports promote all of those things? I'm sorry, but if you play a sport you are more liable to be healthy and that's pretty much a fact. Even if you're absolute trash at it.
precisely which is why it's so idiotic that it is valorized and rewarded so much (for a few). it's not a realistic career path for 99.99% of people, it doesn't contribute to the us national interest comparatively, and it doesn't benefit humanity as a whole either, compared to many other fields. so why the emphasis? fundraising because we refuse to properly fund our schools? an arbitrary cultural bias? probably a bit of both
Sure, and there's nothing wrong with it either. We don't have tens of thousands of washed-up athletes. Most people actually go on doing something different in their lives after playing for College or their High School. Your reasoning in itself is flawed. There is already a great emphasis on science in the United States today. We don't have this huge prioritization for sports like you make it out to be. AFAIK students still do homework, do their labs in class. Hell, Gym class isn't even required to be taken every year. You only need 1-3 credits depending on your area. Even then, they can be wavered provided you are pursuing a schedule with a heavy emphasis on academics. There's also running start, early graduation, and even pre-apprentice programs everywhere around the country. They are not that difficult to find either. So where is this world of athletes? If athletics were as prevalent as yo make them out to be, then surely this country wouldn't even have CVD problems.