The Baseball Coach Is Giving Homework, Here’s Why

The confusing role favoritism plays within the classroom.

To a few students in Mr. Lee’s English class, addressing him as “Mr.” or “Coach” may be confusing as of this Spring. Many of the faculty members at Juan Diego also serve as coaches on various school sports teams, which means some students have their coach in the classroom as well. Students and teachers discuss the positives and negatives of bringing the school day outside of school.

To some, this can create a sense of favoritism. “I’ve noticed a few teachers that seem to call on their players more than other students,” freshman Teryn Easterbrook said. Other students, like freshman Christian Petersen, notice it but don’t pay much attention to it.  “There’s always a little favoritism, but it really isn’t a problem in a lot of classes,” Petersen said. Some players, like Nicole Mamuzic, a freshman on Ms. Cruz’s basketball team, don’t mind it as much. “I don’t see anything different about it, besides the fact that she knows me better than she knows the other kids,” Mamuzic said.

“Seeing students on the baseball field was weird at first,” assistant baseball coach and English teacher Parker Lee said. “I got so used to seeing them in a classroom setting that it was almost like seeing a different version of them at baseball,” Lee continued. He added that he figured it would be weirder for his students to see him as a baseball coach. “I act much differently as a coach than I do as a teacher, so I think that sometimes catches some of them by surprise,” Lee added.

English teacher Parker Lee (top left) with the baseball team.

Though favoritism can cause problems in the class, time spent outside of school with a teacher can be beneficial. It can be a great advantage for teachers to coach a team because they get to learn their students’ strengths and weaknesses inside and outside of school, as long as favoritism is not shown.