Jocks and the Academy

I’ve always thought that athletes and artists are far too revered in our society while public servants and intellectuals are left to bite the dust. Along these lines, jock recruits to selective colleges has been a major topic in higher ed recently. I just read a fantastic article/book review in the New York Review of Books (link below). As Slate says:

An Amherst professor attacks the hypocrisy of college admissions officials who pay lip service to the primacy of academic standards but lower them to help promising athletes hurdle the bar. But, he thinks, “It seems all too convenient for reformers to discuss the divide between academics and athletes apart from its larger social setting.” He believes the “larger goal should be to moderate the obsession with rank-ordering human activities”—like prioritizing either academics or athletics—”with a different set of ideals—choice for all, openness, mutual appreciation, an end to exclusionary bifurcations.”

Link: The New York Review of Books: Jocks and the Academy.

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