Letters to the Editor

Education focus

March 8, 2012


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.


Ragingbear 6 years, 2 months 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.

ebyrdstarr 6 years, 2 months ago

Teen girls who participate in sports are less likely to get pregnant, less likely to participate in unsafe sexual behavior, have higher self esteem, more positive body image, and are more likely to go to college.

Physical exercise improves brain function across all demographics.

And do you really think guys like Sherron Collins and Tyshawn Taylor would have made it out of Chicago and Hoboken to graduate from college without sports?

Sports play an important role in youth development, especially in this generation where obesity is becoming an epidemic. Removing sports from school would do much harm and very little good.

Ragingbear 6 years, 2 months ago

~~And do you really think guys like Sherron Collins and Tyshawn Taylor would have made it out of Chicago and Hoboken to graduate from college without sports?~~

Of course not, it is well known that sports scholarships get a free ride academically in colleges across the country.

As for the pregnancy claim, consider this. 99% of all kids that play World of Warcraft will probably be virgins until their 30's. The game promotes teamwork, fast thinking, resource management and structural understanding. So therefore, World of Warcraft is better than school sports programs.

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