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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Rutgers Professor Calls Minority Athletic Scholarships ‘racist'

"If you were giving the scholarship to an intellectually brilliant kid who happens to play a sport, that's fine, but they give it to a functional illiterate who can't read a cereal box, and then make him spend 50 hours a week on physical skills. That's not opportunity. If you want to give financial help to minorities, go find the ones who are at the library after school."
- William C. Dowling

While surfing the interwebs a while back, I found this fascinating article, in which a Rutger's professor comes under fire for violating the conventions of political correctness: He has demanded that his university focus on academics instead of intercollegiate sports.

What is wrong with the picture here? Am I wrong when I say that the job of our nation’s university system is to educate and broaden the minds of our young adults? No wonder our students consistently have some of the lowest standardized test scores in the world. Our focus should be on teaching the skills needed to survive in an increasingly demanding international community, but we seem to care more about what color our students are, and what game they can play, than what they learn. Not only that, but our persistent ambition for money and prestige, even in the educational community, has lead us to use ‘affirmative action’ as an excuse for admitting substandard students to outstanding universities for the benefit of high profile athletic programs.

I don’t care what color you are, where you come from, what language you speak, or what sport you play. If you cannot meet the standard academically, you don’t belong in a top university. That’s the bottom line.

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