Argo Naughtabout 1 month ago
By posing the question, I'm suggesting that the structure of the athletic-academic program at colleges may not be the sole cause (or even the primary cause) for a lower graduation rate and lower academic success among this one specific group (black male student athletes). We should take a hard look not only at how they are perceived and treated on campus, but how they are perceived and treated at home, as well.
I'm not implying that black families don't encourage their children, but I think it's possible that, for example, a black male child with a proficiency at football might be very much encouraged (by family, by coaches, by community even) to focus on that skill in order to secure a scholarship, and that encouragement for other things (including academics) may still be there but take a distant second place. Continuing with that example, if that child then has grades which start to slip, but discovers that a lot of folks are willing to minimize that or let it slide, then I suspect that has a detrimental effect on the building up of a personal sense of responsibility.