Originally posted by bill718
I'm going to a minefield with this, but here goes. High School & College sports in America needs a basic change. High School and Colleges in America need to be academic institutions...PERIOD! There are far too many young men (and women) in college pretending to be high shool and college students, when in fact they are only there to major in football, basebal ...[text shortened]... nce runner years ago, but the college sports system in America needs a major overhaul!!
Well, you need to consider the root of the problem and then you can work on a solution. The root is financial. It costs money to provide education. Tax dollars collected and distributed are not enough to cover the costs of educating the masses. If you can agree to that point, then the next is entitlement. Is everyone entitled to an education? Shouldn't their be some merit applied here? If they show scholastic appitutde, but don't have the financial means, then you could exercise schiolarships for merit. If they don't have the apptitude, but they have the desire to experience the education, then they must pay for the ride.
All that being said, the function of high school is to prepare you for life after high school. Whether that is going into the workplace, or going to college. The purpose for college is to teach you to learn for the next level.....life, career, etc... A great portion of the college education is repetition and regurgitation of material that is virtually meaningless except that you have learned the process. Why do you have a problem with the system that allows a kid who wants to go into to acting to take drama...or into music to take music... or into sports to play sports? The same scholarship or pat system should be applied as stated above in all of these cases. But, graduating from any of the endeavors of college does not guarantee success at the next level, and it never has.
The simple fact that collegiate sports generat huge sums of money that can be used to improve existing facilities or create new facilities where none previously existed. That is why there is such an emphasis of sports, which seems to rankle you. But when you consider the good that it does, and not simply focusing on the exploitation of the student-athlete, then it really isn't as bad as you make it out.
Having been a collegiate student -athlete at the University of Texas, I am more disappointed at the restrictions that are placed on student-athletes that most of you probably are not even aware of. These restrictions apply to both scholarship and non-scholarship athletes. Because of the scandals of over-zealous boosters (and, in fairness, the greed of some of the scholaship athletes) there are several hardships placed on the athletic body as a whole. Not only are they required to get their classwork done(although several have been shown to be unscrupulous in this area), they also have practice time, training time as well as game time. This time equates to a 40 hour week by itself (or a full time job!!). The only problem here is that the athlete does not get any type of stipend for this effort, nor are they allowed any. That is the joke of the system. They aren't allowed to get part-time employment to earn money either. And if they are supported from their parents, the source of the monetary flow is scrutinized to make sure there is no impropriety. Of course, there are not enough investigators to catch all of the cheaters, but they are able to catch a portion, and the threat of prosecution is the only deterent to the crime, if you will.
What all of this means is that an honest kid, who does his own classwork and homework and plays sports for his college, basically gets to live in poverty during the year. The remainder of the student body, including the arts, are not saddled with this burden, yet many look at the athletes with such disdain. Contrary to popular opinion, all athletes are not dumb, they all do not cheat, and some are among the most gifted students academically at their respective institutions.
Why do you seek to punish the entire group over the actions of some of the participants? How many kids attending college maintain a 40 hour+ workweek on top of the classroom time and homework time? Not very many. This allows very liitle time for social interaction and "the college experience". Granted, this is a perk and not a fundamental need, but many non-athletes skate along on daddy's money or scholarships and do not have to deal with the extra hardships of the student athlete. I believe the student athlete should actually be paid a stipend for them to be able to catch a meal, go to a movie, do their laundry, pay for gasoline. I am not advocating a salary, by any means, but a small amount that allows them to do something other than the robotic activities of the system.
So, to summarize, it is all about money. When you find a better source of revenue, then you can look to reforms. Otherwise, just like healthcare in America, the college education will become too expensive for most to even consider. The machine we call government is continuing to grow and it is feeding itself with our tax dollars. We are all working more of our workweek to fund the government than we are to fund ourselves.