The October 2013 issue of The Atlantic is out!

Subject Matter: How Sports Are Ruining High School

Synopsis: “The United States routinely spends more tax dollars per high-school athlete than per high-school math student—unlike most countries worldwide. In the cover story, Amanda Ripley takes a look at what happens when schools priorities academics over athletics. Take Premont Independent School District, outside Corpus Christi, Texas. Facing the threat of closure for financial mismanagement and academic failure, the high school scrapped its pricey sports program entirely. Even the beloved football team.” Read full story here.

Other stories…

Gregg Easterbrook‘s story about the ways in which the NFL reaps the benefits that taxpayers sow, and how we shouldn’t be making the rich team owners any richer for doing nothing.

In an eye opening story about the state of middle school education in America, Karl Taro Greenfield tries to do his daughter’s homework for a week. He then finds out just how much his 13 year old daughter works and stresses every day for good grades.

This month’s “Big Question” is: What was the best speech, historical or fictional, ever given? Ben Stein, James Carville, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Melinda Gates, and many more weigh in.