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    is (or should be) screwing its students out of the chance to play college ball. The NCAA's freshman eligibility rules require athletes to have taken a certain number of "core academic courses" in high school. They are really, truly anal about this (since, despite all the high-minded statements about putting academics above athletics, the real purpose of those rules was to try to get a whiter and more suburban population of athletes), to the point that a top college b-ball prospect from my area had to sit out his freshman year because, as a HS freshman, his English class was oriented toward ESL students (his family had only recentry immigrated from Russia) and one dyslexic athlete had to sue the NCAA in Federal court because they wouldn't count any class in which he got audiotape versions of reading material as an accommodation.

    Now a creationist biology class has as much claim to being a "core academic course" as, say, a physics class that doesn't involve any math, or an English class that doesn't have any reading or writing assignments. So the NCAA has plenty of mandate to crack down, and if it did it would probably make a big impression on local school officials.

    Sometimes truth is spoken from privilege and falsehood is spoken to power. Good intentions aren't enough.

    by ebohlman on Sat May 11, 2013 at 03:35:47 AM PDT

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