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Games Colleges Play Parents that have children who are involved in intercollegiate athletics should be concerned about their childs education College athletics have taken a toll on their athletes and it is being seen in the classroom first In 1991 the Knights Commission Report called for a new model whereby intercollegiate athletics would keep faith with the student athlete ideal Thelin 1980 Today colleges are recruiting and spending more money on athletes then they are scholars This might not seem like a big deal because most of the public loves to watch intercollegiate sports but do we really want athletes to be working in our community or do we want scholars John Thelin realized that intercollegiate athletics were out of control Players no longer considered themselves student-athletes and were even asking for a share of the coaches earnings from endorsements He then decided to take a poll of what Americans thought about this 48 percent thought that they were out of control this was a 30 percent drop from the previous 78 percent The Knights commission believed that reform was taking place but this was not the case the fact is that they are becoming far removed from any educational activities While most parents believe that there is a definite need for education most dont realize that their children arent really getting one When Robert Hutchenson was explaining his concepts of college he discussed what college wasnt like in reality College is not a great athletic association and social club in which provision is made merely for intellectual activity on the part of the physically and socially unfit College is an association of scholars in which provision is made for the development of traits and powers which must be cultivated if one wants to become a well-balanced member of the community Surveys were sent to the parents of athletes asking if they thought that the sport was taking away from their childs
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