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Oh right, like this is even news

Oh The Scandal: Dumb Jocks Get A Free Ride In School



Such hypocrisy (or should I say hip-hop-crisy?) in the news the last couple of days: OMG, it’s come to light that University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has been putting it’s best football and basketball athletes in bogus classes for years and years. And the majority of them were black!!

Well, snap me in the nutz with a wet towel. Who’da ever thought such a thing was possible, anywhere in any school at any level in America?

What a load of turds. What a cart full of poo.

I am absolutely certain that there is not one single college or university anywhere in the nation that doesn’t cut it’s top athletes significant academic slack. I have grave doubts that there is even one high school that doesn’t also do this to some extent. It’s what being a jock is all about.

But now the horse is out of the barn, so here comes at least two weeks worth of denial, finger pointing, false outrage, and blaming the system. Which means White People, whether that is stated explicitly, implicitly, or buried under some faux-intellectual shuck and jive.

The University of North Carolina made this accommodation; many athletes were enrolled in phantom courses in the department of African and African-American studies. The discovery and resulting scandal are simply the tip of the iceberg and a symptom of a much larger problem.

A UNC learning specialist hired to help athletes found that during the years 2004 to 2012, 60 percent of 183 members of the football and basketball teams read between fourth- and eighth-grade levels. Eight to 10 percent read below a third-grade level. These were black high-school graduates, and their high-school diplomas were clearly fraudulent.

How cruel is it for UNC to admit students who have little chance of academically competing on the same basis as its other students? Black students so ill-equipped run the risk of ridicule and reinforcing white stereotypes of black mental incompetence. If these students are to retain their athletic eligibility or minimum GPA requirements, universities must engage in academic fraud.

... blah blah blah ...

Unfortunately, and to the detriment of black people, there is broad support among black members of the academic community for practices that lead to academic fraud. In the wake of the UNC scandal, the Carolina Black Caucus — a campus group of administrators, staff and faculty — rushed to the defense of the black athletes and the department of African and African-American studies, claiming an unfair investigation and unfair public and media attack. One campus student group said that the student-athlete fraud scandal is actually a result of “white supremacist, heteropatriarchal capitalism.”

Focusing solely on the academic problems of blacks at the college level misses the point. It is virtually impossible to repair 12 years of rotten primary and secondary education in the space of four or five years of college. Proof of that is black student performance on postgraduate tests, such as the GRE, LSAT and MCAT. The black-white achievement gap on those tests is just as wide as it is on the SAT or ACT, which high schoolers take. That’s evidence that primary and secondary education deficiencies have not been repaired during undergraduate years.

Don’t be manipsinatin me now#; Walter Williams writes a good essay on the subject, and he is 100% correct in asserting that college can not correct educational deficits that primary school instilled.  He sees the real issue clearly:

The high academic failure rate among blacks means one of two things. Either black students cannot learn; or primary and secondary schools, parental choices, black student attitudes, and cultural values regarding education are not conducive to what young blacks need for academic excellence.

... although my cynicism says that this doesn’t have to be an either/or (XOR, right Christopher?) situation.

Personally, I’d say the solution is obvious: drop all team based college athletics, everywhere. Make your entry standards color blind. Change the curriculum so that all students have to take several semesters of advanced math, science, philosophy, accounting, law, and English. And Western Civ!. (Best class ever aside from Geology 101.)

You want to raise athletes? Fine. Send them all to muscle camps. Dojos. Training centers. Ball World. And don’t even bother with academics. Let those institutions feed the “early adult” venue of quasi-professional ball players. Train your Pokemon to the max, and drug the daylights of them with Human MiracleGro. Let the rest of us get on with getting an education, a job, and a future.

Is there a middle ground? Sure. Athletes have to maintain a 2.75 GPA, and are subject not just to random urinalysis, but also to monthly academic examination with a “B” grade being the unwavering bar for staying on the team. Fail a test, get benched until you pass it next month. Fail that, no more sports until next year. Oh, and no athlete is allowed to take a class that isn’t open to regular students, and peopled at least halfway with them. Thus, no special invisible BS secret sinecure classes for jocks.


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