UNC is conspiring to pass undeserving athletes by allowing them to take “independent studies” where grades are CURVED a lot. They’re called “paper classes” where attendance isn’t required and athletes only have to submit one essay at the end. Apparently 148 words that read like a third grader’s book summary on Rosa Parks is university level writing. Mary Willingham, a UNC advisor, has exposed the conspiracy and shared one of the essays from these “paper classes” with ESPN.
“On the evening of December Rosa Parks decided that she was going to sit in the white people section on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time blacks had to give up there seats to whites when more whites got on the bus. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Her and the bus driver began to talk and the conversation went like this. “Let me have those front seats” said the driver. She didn’t get up and told the driver that she was tired of giving her seat to white people. “I’m going to have you arrested,” said the driver. “You may do that,” Rosa Parks responded. Two white policemen came in and Rosa Parks asked them “why do you all push us around?” The police officer replied and said “I don’t know, but the law is the law and you’re under arrest.”
It’s unfair to hold athletes to a separate, lesser standard than other students who have to work hard to maintain their grades. However, it’s no secret that many students could not go to college at all without sports scholarships. I don’t think it’s unfair that a student is accepted for their physical merits rather than their academic ones because public schools essentially fail everyone, especially poorer students. Everyone deserves an education and any route we have to take to get their is fine by me. However, once in college students should have to meet the same academic requirements of the institution other wise they’re getting a degree without being qualified to actually do anything. This student isn’t even literate.
Instead of pushing under-educated kids forward, universities should be providing them with the special attention they need to compete in the professional world. If a college decides they want to accept a student because they can throw a ball instead of writing an essay, it’s still their responsibility to give that student an enriching academic experience. How much more can this country’s academic institutions fail us?