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As mentioned in Sunday’s story, 24 of 132 school divisions statewide require students to achieve a minimum grade-point average to play high school sports, according to research done by our newsroom. In many schools and districts, getting all Ds means you can play. You can sprinkle in an F as well and still be on the team.

As parents reach out to me and tell me how they had no idea there wasn’t a standard, it surprises me less and less. I had no idea until conversing with a local athletic director. The whole issue about if there should be a standard or not, for me, really raises an ethical question. Wouldn’t raising standards require work ethic, dedication and seriousness?

This July, my wife and I will welcome our first child, Valentino, to this world, and I know it will be about 14 years before he starts playing varsity high school soccer. And I’m sure I’m different from other parents or parents-to-be, but I listened to the demands and respected the strictness of my parents, mentors, teachers and professors, who thankfully have always had my best interest in mind. I’ve met many local teachers, and the same rings true for them. They want the best for their students. If my child ever comes home with a D on his report card, he will not be playing sports, as my standards are going to be pretty high. I don’t care if he has an A+ in every other class. There is no excuse for a D in high school other than missing significant time due to a serious issue.

Some bring up the argument, well maybe X student is taking difficult classes. Those who challenge themselves with honors or AP classes aren’t the issue, say teachers, as those kids generally do really well in those classes. It’s the kids that slack, that could care less about school, the ones that have little respect for administration and educators.

According to a study by the Lumina Foundation, just over 25 percent of Waynesboro residents aged (25-64) have at least an associates degree. Only seven cities in the state have a lower percentage. Charlottesville is at 54 percent and Staunton 36 percent.

From every teacher I have spoken to, they have been all for a GPA standard. Think about it. If a fire is not lit under the behinds of the slackers, when is going to be lit? A standard will raise expectations and demand effort. In Harrisonburg, kids stepped up to the plate with their 2.0 GPA. Why not here?

The issue seems more prevalent in Waynesboro than it does Augusta County and Staunton, but kids of any school who have ugly grades can’t assume that they are going to turn it around at a community college. What makes you think they would even attempt community college?

I’m not saying to implement a strict 2.0 standard where a kid with a 1.9 can’t play. I’m saying make it a 2.0 but try and monitor students, receive updates from teachers who say whether the kids is working hard or not, provide a chance to rebound and lay down a foundation that will only help the kid down the road. For the slackers, they don’t deserve to play sports. For the hard-working student, they should be allowed to as long as improvement is shown.