Even though the piece, Is participation in high school sports a right or privilege?, from Boston.com discusses the idea of pay-to-play for high school sports related to funding and who should "pay," its title strikes a definite chord with me. As much as I encourage sports participation for our youth, and the positives that can come out of such an experience, I have a hard time moving toward a concept supporting it as a right for all.
I think my difficulty with this center on the concept that a privilege is more closely tied to choices one makes, while rights (at times) seem to instill a sense of entitlement. And entitlement-type attitudes don't seem to bode well for sports environments, something demonstrated by too many elite and professional athletes through the unethical choices some make and poor character some show.
So what do you think???