Time to re-think the education blame game
Updated: May 5, 2010, 3:30 PM ETBy Jay Bilas
Here's a novel concept: Instead of asking how we can graduate more athletes, we should be asking how we should best educate our athletes. We place way too much emphasis on graduation rates and far too little on the importance of educating athletes. The pursuit of an education is the important principle, not simply graduating a certain percentage of athletes. A diploma is not an education -- it is just the best evidence that one has pursued an education and has successfully completed degree requirements. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once said that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, apparently in college athletics, it takes only a head coach to graduate a player. Proposals have been floated to have graduation rates attached to coaches and follow them from place to place. Those proposals, while well intentioned, are absurd.
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