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"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up." - Vince Lombardi
The NCAA's Hidden Influence on High Schools
"The politics and profit of high-profile college sports are well recognized, as is the determination of high school athletes and their parents to use athletic prowess as an advantage for college admission and financial aid. But lost in the turmoil surrounding the proposed unionization of Division I athletes, and massive TV contracts is the role the National Collegiate Athletic Association plays in determining the curriculum in public, charter, religious, and independent high schools. Forget the common core and the Smarter Balanced or PARCC assessments. What matters today is compliance with NCAA eligibility rules.
What Are Students Learning on the Football Field?
"Coaches are teachers and educators who wield tremendous influence over the young
people in their charge. If we are to continue to justify our investment in high school football on the basis of its educational value, it is imperative that school board, parent, and coach associations take a hard look at coaches' backgrounds and credentials."