Choose education over football

In High School Education | on January, 31, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Choose education over football
News from Philadelphia Inquirer:

WE ARE in the middle of the Christmas shopping season for college football coaches. This is the time of year when high-school football players sign letters of intent to attend an institution of higher learning and play football for Nick Saban, Urban Meyer and assorted other molders of young men and first-round NFL draft picks.

This signing has the ritual of the athlete at a news conference in his high school with a few hats in front of him with various team logos. The next step is for the kid to fake a hat or two and then choose his ultimate destination. The signing event of Landon Collins, the nation’s top-ranked high school safety, has gone viral because of the reaction of his mother, who wanted him to go to Louisiana State University instead of the University of Alabama.

This is nothing new. These boorish events are part of the growing ESPN-ization of high-school athletics, where education and academics are pushed out of bounds.

My biggest gripe is with the giddy educrats and principals who emcee these things and gush over the misplaced amount of attention paid to the athlete. It’s sad to see a principal pimp out his high school for a 30-second sound bite. I also fault the media that cover these events. My point is simple: Schools and the media should stop this charade and lionize the school’s academic achievers. The marquee outside th…………… continues on Philadelphia Inquirer

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