The PASS Perspective
Promoting Achievement in School through Sport (PASS) is a middle and high school educational reform program that approaches sport as an interdisciplinary academic field of study.
PASS has been hailed as "a
model for total school reform . . .that addresses the needs of
the whole learner" by researchers at the Mid-continent
Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL), one of 10 research centers
administered by the U.S. Department of Educations Office
of Educational Research and Improvement.
PASS is based upon fundamental principles that inform all aspects of the curriculum. These principles include:
- Sport is not an extracurricular activity. Sport is an academic discipline.
- For grades to go up for sports-oriented students, there must be an increasednot a decreasedemphasis on the appropriate study and practice of sport.
- The positive aspects of sport culture and the fundamentals that lead to success in sport can be brought into the classroom to create an environment that is as attractive, spirited, and fulfilling as that which takes place on the fields and courts.
With this perspective and in this environment, PASS improves students grades, behavior, and self-esteem. However, these positive results are not the essence of PASS. Rather, they are the manifestation of something else. At its core, PASS is a journey of self-discovery through the study and practice of sport.
Welcome to the journey. Welcome to PASS.