American Educationâ??s Failed Experiment with Elite Athletics
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: University Press of Mississippi
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"Each spring, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) convenes its annual metting in Destin, Florida. The purpose of gathering is to bring the various members of the SEC 'family' together to celebrate the end..."
AN EXPERIMENT JUSTIFIED
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"Elite athletics was incorporated into our educational system for several reasons. It was believed that involvement in athletics was educational for, and built the 'character' of, participants. Futher, athletics could also provide..."
BEYOND THE IVY-COVERED WALLS
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"The road to reform of America’s model of elite athletics begins and ends on college campus. Between those two points, however, that road runs through our high schools, cuts through our communities..."
ENVISIONING A DIFFERENT FUTURE
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"Athletes often use a technique called 'visualization' to improve their chances of success. For example, the athlete imagines an act such as hitting a baseball of envisions reacting during a competitive situations. It is believed that if the athlete..."
A CHANGED CONTEXT FOR REFORM
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"History provides many examples of monumental societal and cultural change. Empires have risen and fallen. Dynasties have collapsed or been conquered. Governments have been overthown. Ideologies have waxed and waned. Why is it, then, that..."
BUILDING CRITICAL MASS FOR CHANGE
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"From the formation of the NCAA in 1906 through the release in 2001 of the Knight Commission's A Call to Action: Reconnecting College Sports and Higher Education, the commonly accepted notion regarding the history of reforms is that these efforts have been periodic..."
REBUILD IT AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO COME
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"Higher education leaders have been trying to reform athletics for decades. Despite these efforts, Division I athletics continues to undermind the academic integrity and educational missions of our colleges and universities..."
ARTICULATING AND MEETING RESPONSIBILITIES
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"There is a well-worn story about the doctor telling the patient, 'I’ve got good news and bad news regarding your health.' Well, here is the good news and bad news about the current health of college athletic reform. First..."
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"In the movie Casablanca, there is a scene where Louie, the chief of the local French police, is ordered by the commander of the occupying German army to shut down Rick's Cafe', a nightclub-casino..."
CHRONOLOGY OF COLLEGE ATHLETICS REFORM INITIATIVES
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"1895 The president of Purdue University calls together the presidents from the University of Illinois, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, and the University of Wisconsin to establish the Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives."
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Publication Year: 2006