He was cut from the Ladue High soccer team. First his family cried foul. Then they sued.
1) What evidence is being used to prove discrimination or non-discrimination? What evidence do you find most convincing? How are numbers used in this story to persuade the reader?
2) To what degree is one perspective promoted over another in this story? In what ways might the teen's perspective differ from his parents'? How could you view this story from both the school's and the family's perspectives?
3) To what degree is this connected to your school? How might this be connected to Harry Potter? To the Academy Awards?
4) How could the coach's rationale change if this was a different sport? How could this be different if the student was 2 years younger? Older? In Colombia?
5) In what ways is this significant to you? What are the long-term consequences for the school? For the student? What is a piece of information that could make this significant for a student at this school in the future?
1) Students can research and report about famous athletes/artists who got cut/rejected from teams early in their career trajectories.
2) Students can devise an equitable plan/policy/advice for students who find themselves in a similar situation.