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Re: Why can't we have the same High School Model as Minnesota?

http://www.letsplayhockey.com/online-edition/news/3097-community-based-model-at-core-of-minnesota-hockey-s-mission.html Good article on this topic.

Re: Why can't we have the same High School Model as Minnesota?

My personal opinion? MN still has a "community first" mentality when it comes to their towns/schools and those who live within them/play for them. All the way down to the Grandma down the street who hasn't had a kid play on the local high school team in over 50 years. She still follows the team and attends games. Here? Not happening. Once the kids are out of high school the parental interest in the team drops and they no longer attend games. MN has generations of family's attending, including family's who don't have players. The town pride is strong. Whereas here in MA you have the majority of folks who think keeping up with the Jones' is more important than community pride, they think being able to say their kid attends a prep school is more important than being a part of their community. They think playing for their local high school team is "beneath" them and not nearly good enough for their little Johnny.

Re: Why can't we have the same High School Model as Minnesota?

Anon
My personal opinion? MN still has a "community first" mentality when it comes to their towns/schools and those who live within them/play for them. All the way down to the Grandma down the street who hasn't had a kid play on the local high school team in over 50 years. She still follows the team and attends games. Here? Not happening. Once the kids are out of high school the parental interest in the team drops and they no longer attend games. MN has generations of family's attending, including family's who don't have players. The town pride is strong. Whereas here in MA you have the majority of folks who think keeping up with the Jones' is more important than community pride, they think being able to say their kid attends a prep school is more important than being a part of their community. They think playing for their local high school team is "beneath" them and not nearly good enough for their little Johnny.
Spend a lot of time in MN do you?

Is prep school an option there?

WAY more people send their kids to prep schools for the educational advantage than because of hockey, or any sport for that matter. At my son's school, there are more people there for the arts than for the hockey. And it's a jock school that recruits internationally for hockey.

Residents of this area should be extremely proud of the educational choices offered, as it is unmatched anywhere in the world. Primary, secondary, college, post-graduate. Unparalleled.

And, those Grandmas that you speak of do still attend games - prep school games. They're just alums instead of former parents.

But hey, if it isn't for you, move. Sounds like a wonderful place. Do they have cable yet?

Don't forget your woolies.

Re: Why can't we have the same High School Model as Minnesota?

Anon
Anon
My personal opinion? MN still has a "community first" mentality when it comes to their towns/schools and those who live within them/play for them. All the way down to the Grandma down the street who hasn't had a kid play on the local high school team in over 50 years. She still follows the team and attends games. Here? Not happening. Once the kids are out of high school the parental interest in the team drops and they no longer attend games. MN has generations of family's attending, including family's who don't have players. The town pride is strong. Whereas here in MA you have the majority of folks who think keeping up with the Jones' is more important than community pride, they think being able to say their kid attends a prep school is more important than being a part of their community. They think playing for their local high school team is "beneath" them and not nearly good enough for their little Johnny.
Spend a lot of time in MN do you?

Is prep school an option there?

WAY more people send their kids to prep schools for the educational advantage than because of hockey, or any sport for that matter. At my son's school, there are more people there for the arts than for the hockey. And it's a jock school that recruits internationally for hockey.

Residents of this area should be extremely proud of the educational choices offered, as it is unmatched anywhere in the world. Primary, secondary, college, post-graduate. Unparalleled.

And, those Grandmas that you speak of do still attend games - prep school games. They're just alums instead of former parents.

But hey, if it isn't for you, move. Sounds like a wonderful place. Do they have cable yet?

Don't forget your woolies.


Prep schools are a totem! False pride, plain and simple!

Re: Why can't we have the same High School Model as Minnesota?

Anon
Prep schools are a totem! False pride, plain and simple!
Hmmm, totem doesn't sound right. Token, maybe? Closer, but still not quite right.

The better word is artifice.

You're welcome.

Re: Why can't we have the same High School Model as Minnesota?

Anon
Anon
Prep schools are a totem! False pride, plain and simple!
Hmmm, totem doesn't sound right. Token, maybe? Closer, but still not quite right.

The better word is artifice.

You're welcome.





No, I meant totem -

Definition; A totem (Ojibwe dodaem) is a spirit being, sacred object, or symbol that serves as an emblem of a group of people, such as a family, clan, lineage, or tribe.

Re: Why can't we have the same High School Model as Minnesota?

Anon
My personal opinion? MN still has a "community first" mentality when it comes to their towns/schools and those who live within them/play for them. All the way down to the Grandma down the street who hasn't had a kid play on the local high school team in over 50 years. She still follows the team and attends games. Here? Not happening. Once the kids are out of high school the parental interest in the team drops and they no longer attend games. MN has generations of family's attending, including family's who don't have players. The town pride is strong. Whereas here in MA you have the majority of folks who think keeping up with the Jones' is more important than community pride, they think being able to say their kid attends a prep school is more important than being a part of their community. They think playing for their local high school team is "beneath" them and not nearly good enough for their little Johnny.


Bingo! So true! It really is more cultural than anything. I bet their D Board is way more constructive and gentile, Mass Wholes!!