Monday, January 20, 2014

I Have a Dream for Education in Sports

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." Martin Luther King Jr.
          For Martin Luther King Jr. Day I was reminded of my course that I taught in the first semester of my Character Education curriculum in 2012. My students sometimes do not find the purpose of reading, writing, and/or history. However, when I show them various speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcolm X I tell them to watch how articulate and fluent in the English language they themselves portray. I give them history lessons on former slaves that made it as far as presidents of banks and even secured a nomination for president in the 1800s!! These folks led their future with education. They would not be half as influential if they could not deliver their messages with a sound understanding and grasp of the English language.

          Now I will turn to the athletes education. Some kids turn to sports to get themselves out of working hard in school. Although athletes in college have very good GPAs at times, young adults see the professional ranks as a way to deter them from a cerebral existence, when in fact being a student of the game they profess as their life, needs to be integral part in their success at their respective sports. Whether they know it or not they have to be adept at reading or listening to a scouting report then applying it to an active regurgitation of knowledge. Studying plays, watching the sport, doing well on Wonderlic tests, and learning from other athletes' mistakes becomes an essential part of their maturity and success as an athlete.

I will close with this quote: 

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." Malcolm X