Monday, November 28, 2005

Another dagger in the phrase "student-athlete"

posted by Rob at 4:10 PM

More so than elsewhere, the education system in New York is a joke, as the New York Times reports:
Morley, now a freshman defensive back for the University of Tennessee, was one of at least 28 athletes who polished their grades at University High in the last two years.

The New York Times identified 14 who had signed with 11 Division I football programs: Auburn, Central Florida, Colorado State, Florida, Florida State, Florida International, Rutgers, South Carolina State, South Florida, Tennessee and Temple.

University High, which has no classes and no educational accreditation, appears to have offered the players little more than a speedy academic makeover.

The school's program illustrates that even as the N.C.A.A. presses for academic reforms, its loopholes are quickly recognized and exploited.

Athletes who graduated from University High acknowledged that they learned little there, but were grateful that it enabled them to qualify for college scholarships.

Lorenzo Ferguson, a second-year defensive back at Auburn, said he left Miami Southridge High School for University High, where after one month he had raised his average to 2.6 from 2.0.


Blogger courtney said...

This article suggests that University High is not for educational purposes. Basically, it's a cheap way to get a scholarship with a phony academic education. Lorenzo Furgeson raised his GPA .6 in one month. This is a bogus and unequal opportunity. In the word Student-Athlete, student comes first, meaning their education should be more important and higher than their athletic abilities/talents before they even get a scholarship. It should be one of the main reasons he/she should get chosen. Scholarships are nice but they shouldn't just be given away to the best athletes but the best athlete(s) with the best education.
Ya'll must be up out 'cho mind!!!

9:59 AM, December 14, 2005  
Blogger Heath said...

University High is just a joke of a high school and a academic loophole for the known student-athlete. Like the student-athlete, Lorenzo Ferguson, raised his GPA for 2.0 to 2.6 in just one month. That's Outrageous!!! Considering that the students do have the name ATHLETE in thier title, teachers who are sports fans give them free credit such as an A in thier class for no work whatsoever. The student-athletes that used university high didn't even lean anything as stated by the athletes, but they enjoyed it because it allowed them to become more elligible for Division 1 scholarships. Student athletes should be considered a Student before an athlete anyways. I Mean tachnically student come before athlete anyways. Thats why society believes that jocks are just dumb players that can play sports!!! They should at least have an education for later in life.

10:01 AM, December 14, 2005  

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