Very confused by your post, or at least by what I assume was your inability to fully absorb mine. I never once claimed that coaches at privates had every one of the certifications i mentioned, yet you seemed to imply I did. To clarify, I merely claimed that they had at least one, which is true, most have several. And, in many cases, DCIAA coaches do not have one of them. DCIAA coaches are not required to have a 4 year undergrad degree from an acredited college. They essentially can be people simply picked up off the street, and more often than not, that is the case. The recent goings-on with Dunbar football point to that. Never seem to hear about cheating in the WCAC. And, every WCAC coach has a 4 year degree, as does every ISL and IAC coach. Also, to the best of my knowledge, every ISL and IAC lacrosse coach is US Lacrosse certified, meaning they have gotten training from the Positive Coaching Alliance. That seems to follow suit with the rest of the private school coaches. There is not a single DCIAA coach who is PCA certified or certified with similar orgs.
Further, you seem to lack the ability to differentiate between doing a job and being able to do a job. Sure, not all NCAA coaches have all of the certs I mentioned (nor did I claim they did), but if you look at the most successful ones, you will see a direct correlation between coaching certs/higher level degrees/awards from coaching and mentoring orgs and wins. Coach K. Done. Some have a job, others do their job. Its the ones that do their job that are most successful.
Now, moving on, I can tell you that puting a kid in a "certain environment" as you put it will make a kid ok despite what you claim. You are 100% wrong on that one unless the kid is Charles Manson. Put a kid, perhaps a kid from Anacostia, in an environment such as Woodberry Forest, which is a 7 day boarding school with great teachers, tutors, counselors, etc.. and that kid will succeed. Or put a kid at a Choate, Blair, Andover, Avon, Hackley, G'Town Prep, or any of dozens of other private schools with which I have worked, and I can tell you that kid will succeed, because the numbers prove it to be true. Now, had you used the word "any" rather than "certain" your post may have had at least minimal merit, but you neglected to do that.
Check out prepforprep.org which takes kids from some of the shittiest situations in the world and gets them into a "certain environment" which leads to success before you claim to know about what will work best for kids. Or, walk over to KIPP on Alabama Ave or WJA. Im curious to know which kids you claim to work with as the ones I had in the right environments all seem to be killing it now.
Finally, as to your comment, "If this rule helps one kid getinto college and become a successful preson then what does it hurt?", well, there are a number of people on a number of levels who get hurt. Here goes.
1. Ill start with the DCPS as a whole (or hole, which it is). DCP schools are a joke. Rhee tried her ass off and made strides, but it is obvious with Henderson in place, it is going to get worse. So, even if a kid gets a fifth year at a DCPS said kid is worse off having spent more time there than they would have been attending a decent private or charter for four. This is a fact. The numbers show that kids in DCPS with the exception of Wilson actually regress over time.
2. The cost associated far outweighs the benefit overall. DCPS already spends more dollars per student than just about any district in the nation, and their results are laughable. More tax dollars being spent on kids getting a crap education just to be able to be on a playing field or court for a fifth year is unjustifiable.
3. Alternative educational options are A. affordable B. Easy enough to seek out and C. Better options. All that needs to be done is educate the parents of kids about said options. Prep schools are dying for diversity and there are tons of non-profits that assist with placement. Many charter schools are hurting for numbers. Rather than waste $$ on paying for a kid to attend a DCPS for a fifth year, the district might be better served educating parents on programs that provide scholarships for private school ed or about the many wonderful PCS in the District and outside the borders.
My two cents.