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Letters to the Editor

Education focus

March 8, 2012

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To the editor:

Recently, there was an article stating perhaps the athletic students should get $2,000 to help them with expenses. Well, my answer to this is “yes” — if they go four years and graduate, but then I go one further. Any student that walks down the hill to get a diploma should get a bonus of $2,000 for the many hours they devoted to education.

Then again, I would say that all coaches should get the same salary as a chairman of any department, as all are teachers and should be treated equally. Coaches have people who work for them; department chairmen have people who work for them, and all are educators.

Either way you look at it, they are all educators, and how can a university make such a distinction between the two?

I watched basketball in Hoch Auditorium and even in Allen Fieldhouse, when the players showed finesse and it was not grab, run, dunk and then pull your shirt half off to show how great you think you are.

There are many ex-KU players who loved the game and showed it by their finesse and never beating themselves on the back. They smiled and just felt they did a good job and we appreciated that. This is not just my feeling about sport; it seems to be more of a general feeling that sports have gone so far away from education that it is not really university business. Think it over.

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Ragingbear 2 years, 1 month ago

Ok. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Sports is NOT education. It's a game. Sure, every once in a while we get somebody that can move onto the big times, but most just remain where they are and live the rest of their lives talking about how the coach should have put them in on the last play. Get rid of all sports programs in ALL schools, starting at elementary. Instead, teach the kids that only know how to type in text some extra English lessons.

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