I saw this coming. Didn’t you see this coming? Once colleges were told that they could and should treat college athletes as professional athletes, any effort to ensure that they might leave college able to do anything but run, throw, and dunk was on the way out. And so it is.
Last week, an NCAA task force recommended that incoming freshmen in Division I and II sports should no longer be required to meet minimum scores on standardized tests for initial eligibility.
Do you realize how ignorant you have to be to fail to meet the minimum scores?
The recommendation was made by the NCAA Standardized Test Score Task Force, was formed as part of the NCAA’s eight-point plan to advance racial equity. Yes, one sure way to advance racial equity is to let student athletes remain as dumb as marmots.
The Division I Committee on Academics and Division II Academic Requirements Committee will consider the recommendation at their next scheduled meetings in February. “This work reflects the NCAA’s commitment to continually reviewing our academic standards based on the best available data and other relevant information,” task force chairman David Wilson, president at Morgan State, said in a press release. “We are observing a national trend in NCAA member schools moving away from requiring standardized test scores for admissions purposes and this recommendation for athletics eligibility aligns directly with that movement.”
Everybody’s doing it! Now there’s a good reason for abandoning higher education for athletes! The ball started rolling in July 2020, when the National Association of Basketball Coaches called for the NCAA to permanently eliminate standardized test scores from eligibility requirements. Naturally, the main concern of basketball coaches is the educational achievements of student players.
“The days of colleges requiring the SAT or ACT are passing rapidly: more than half of all four-year colleges and universities will not require these tests for admissions in 2021, and more are dropping the requirement every week,” the NABC said in a statement at the time. “These tests should no longer be required in the initial-eligibility standards. The tests are again being recognized as forces of institutional racism, which is consistent with their history, and they should be jettisoned for that reason alone; moreover, pragmatics also support this change.”
Writes education blogger Joanne Jacobs, “So the plan is to admit unprepared students who will play football or basketball and leave college without a degree.”
Exactly. After all, a thuggish Minnesota cop accidentally killed a lifetime black hood without any racial motive, so this is a perfect response. And I am Marie of Romania.
The disgusted Ms Jacobs appended a relevant literary reference to her report…
“In University Days, James Thurber recalls an Ohio State classmate, a star tackle on the team, who while “not dumber than an ox he was not any smarter.” Bolenciecwcz had to pass economics to stay eligible for the upcoming game.
“One day when we were on the subject of transportation and distribution, it came Bolenciecwcz’s turn to answer a question.
“’Name one means of transportation,’ the professor said to him. No light came into the big tackle’s eyes.
“. . . ‘You may choose among steam, horse-drawn, or electrically propelled vehicles,’ said the instructor. ‘I might suggest the one which we commonly take in making long journeys across land.'”
“There was a profound silence in which everybody stirred uneasily, including Bolenciecwcz and Mr. Bassum. Mr. Bassum abruptly broke this silence in an amazing manner. ‘Choo-choo-choo,’ he said, in a low voice, and turned instantly scarlet. He glanced appealingly around the room. All of us, of course, shared Mr. Bassum’s desire that Bolenciecwcz should stay abreast of the class in economics, for the Illinois game, one of the hardest and most important of the season, was only a week off.
“’Toot, toot, too-tooooooot!’ some student with a deep voice moaned, and we all looked encouragingly at Bolenciecwcz. Somebody else gave a fine imitation of a locomotive letting off steam. Mr. Bassum himself rounded off the little show. ‘Ding, dong, ding, dong,” he said, hopefully. Bolenciecwcz was staring at the floor now, trying to think, his great brow furrowed, his huge hands rubbing together, his face red.
“How did you come to college this year, Mr. Bolenciecwcz?’ asked the professor. ‘Chufh chuffa, chufh chuffa.’
“’M’father sent me,’ said the football player.
“’What on?’ asked Bassum.
“’I git an ‘lowance,’ said the tackle, in a low, husky voice, obviously embarrassed.
“’No, no,’ said Bassum. ‘Name a means of transportation. What did you ride here on?’
“’Train,’ said Bolenciecwcz.
“’Quite right,’ said the professor. “Now, Mr. Nugent, will you tell us —”
Relate this to David Wilson, quoted above.
What are the odds he says, “I don’t get it!”?