My primary irritation with coaches is misdirected. Actually, I am irritated at a society which considers athletics more important than academics. This is not what is being said in words rather what the children learn from observing society. If youngsters want to become someone in the community then they need to accel in athletics and they will be recognized everywhere. In addition, they will be excused from detention and not disciplined for cheating or plagerism. Neither will they receive discipline for talking & disturbing class. They will also be frequently excused from class for practices and competitions. On the other hand, academic success leads to little recognition and alot of hassels from other students. The community rarely turns out for science/academic fairs but the community will fill the stands for a football game or awards banquet. Academics will not improve in this country until the communities as a whole really begin to support the educational system.