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2019-06-12 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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Well now let's get down to it.

If you commit a "crime" you should be tried and, if found guilty, imprisoned, right?

Only if the crime is committed by certain people -- or more to the point, not by certain people.

Like college administrators.  They're immune.  You go to prison if you bribe one but if they do the same thing so as to gain advantage (the same advantage you were looking for -- pecuniary advantage!) they get nothing.

Brooks' sentence requires him to attend literacy classes. Martin asked Brooks how he went to Auburn University when he can barely read or write.

"Didn't have to go to class," Brooks said. "In this country, it was all about how good you are, and I was one of the best in the country."

So he didn't have to go to class not only at Auburn University but also in High School either.

Both intentionally allowed him to "continue" despite his being unable to read or write.  That is, he's functionally illiterate.

How did that happen?  As he pointed out it's not an accident.

And may I point out that he's black?

Racial preference?  How come we can't talk about superiority in any area if you're white but it's perfectly fine to trumpet how this black man was "one of the best in the country" at football.  We can look at the racial make-up of football teams and see quite a lack of diversity compared against the population of the nation as a whole.

Where are the Asians, White Americans and Hispanics on said teams?  Why is the NFL overwhelmingly black -- in fact, roughly 68% of NFL players are black and 75% of NBA players.

Only 2% of NBA players are Hispanic and an effective zero, 0.2%, are Asian.

Is not that lack of diversity racist?

How about passing black people through both High School and College despite being unable to read and write when everyone involved knew damn well that this guy was incapable of performance at a grade-school level when it came to academics -- and kept letting it go on for money?

In other words it was a bribe and yet exactly zero of those High School teachers, principals, superintendents or college Deans are in the dock for bribery while at the same time if you "cheat" as an "ordinary person" by doing the same damn thing - bribing someone - you get indicted.

Where's your ******ned pitchfork America?  You stuck it up your own ass, didn't ya?

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I have friends asking me all the time why I've been off sports for 15 years.....

Well.... here's why.

The only thing more corrupt than sports (every level from Little League and Pop Warner to MLB and the NFL) is the US Government.

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I noticed the article was written back in 1999. And, from first-hand experience, I can definitively state that NOTHING has changed. My son is/was fortunate enough to play D1 football at a major P5 university. He's made the most of this opportunity and is to graduate this year with a STEM degree and a 3.2 GPA.

I learned from him that coaches actively discourage most players, even the ones with an IQ greater than that of a goldfish, from pursuing any degree program that requires even a modicum of scholastic effort. The rocks? They're "highly encouraged", more so than the intelligent players, to major in areas of study that MIGHT get them to the pinnacle of the service industry; shift manager. Eligibility drives this. That, and the insane amounts of money thrown around in the world of D1 college football.

We used the system to garner my son an education at almost zero cost to us. No student loans, at all. And now, he's got several offers for employment once he graduates, in a field where he won't be uber-rich, but he won't be scrimping for a can of spam, either.
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This all goes back to racial problems & preconceptions in the good ole USA. A large segment of society has decided that it will pretend that intellectually/academically blacks in American perform at the same level as whites no matter what. The two groups are performing differently in school, pretend that they are not and pass them at relatively the same rate no matter what.

I believe that there are two major issues underlying this. The government looks at you negatively if the "success" rates in k-12 are too dissimilar and blames the school system for the difference. Secondly, education seems to go for the latest idea/fad as soon as someone comes up with it and long before it is thoroughly tested to see if it is a good idea. (The reproducibility of studies in the social sciences is dismal. They are not the hard sciences.) All of this is true across the board for all students including athletes.

Now, you get to college athletics especially football. What you have is professional football masquerading as amateur football. One factor determines if the head coach, assistant coaches, athletic director, and a host of others maybe including the school president keep their jobs and that factor is winning. It is now, and has been for sometime given that Brooks played at Auburn in the late 70's, a Mexican Standoff situation where a certain level of low standards of conduct are accepted as long as you do not go lower. Football after all is entertainment for the fans, it is not education.

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Been going on for a LONG time KD you lived in chi-town then no?

Dexter Manley, how did you feel when Mike Ditka said you had the IQ of a grapefruit?

.GOV don't give a ****

In an article by Taylor Branch entitled "The Shame of College Sports", prior to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and Humanities in 1989, Manley was famously quoted as saying that he had been functionally illiterate in college

I believe DAN Manley tested as having a 3rd grade education then.

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Obviously a case of reverse white privilege.
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College? Who needs that.

Not when I call an AC repair place and they tell me it will be 2 months out just for a service call cause they are so booked up right now!!!!

All you need is a Van, some tools, and a way to get your AC certification thru on the job training and you'll be ****ting gold bricks in no time.
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I have two degrees from Auburn. When I was an undergrad I had a myopic view of student athletes. I did not care about the student part, I just wanted them to win. This was a time when Auburn was put on NCAA probation for Eric Ramsey where Pat Dye helped him get a loan. 25 year later, I have yet to ever give Auburn a dime in donations and I hardly ever watch any sports. The Netflix series called Last Chance U was what put me over the edge. These players can barely tie their shoes and think that they are going to make it to the NFL and a payday. Their odds are less than winning the lottery, but they are too stupid to realize it. The biggest thing is that they do not represent what Auburn truly should be: a great educational institution.
The NCAA has admitted that they no longer represent the athlete's best interest. They are there to protect the institutions and the money that they generate.

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American education system is a racket.

I do believe everyone should be allowed access to a proper education. Learning to read is essential to understanding concepts and ideas. Learning to write is important in communicating. And math is vital in understanding how your money works.

Not everyone is going to be good at all three, hell some people wont be able to master even one. But maybe they can play ball, if not maybe they can sell drugs or pimp themselves out.

But we are not told, we are forced by law to send our kids to school, where your little Jonnie or Suzi might excel at all three subjects but also gets the pleasure of sitting next to the person who's greatest aspiration in life is selling drug, or get knocked up.

And YOU as the tax payer get to pay for it. All of it. The drug dealer eventually ends up dead or in prison. You pay for his/her prison stay. The ***** ends up preggers, you get to pay for her kids. Your Jonnie or Suzie get a good job, but the cost of our failed education system is now pushed on them to pay for the next generation of football play, drug dealer or unwed mother.

Which demographic is most harmed by this?

Our current education system keeps coaches, admin personal and teacher employed. While pumping out an army of illiterates. And then handing you the bill.

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College Football brings in a lot more money than any legal means that school endowment can muster, so why let a few illiterates get in their way of thinking.

They do know where to put their name on the piece of paper when the lawyer hand them their contract, and how to cash that check with their name on it, don't they?!

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The NBA is only 75% black?
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My 2nd grade son has been struggling in school. When I sit down to read with him, it is essentially me reading. So I bought a bunch of flash cards and Kumon Math and reading books for Christmas and really started buckling down with him. Now he can actually read with me and is improving but we are not out of the woods. His mother and I met with the School recently and they've indicated they have seen a dramatic improvement but that he is still behind. So I have decided to enter him into a program this summer to catch him up and the school is willing to give him additional help when he gets back this fall. I told them my goal is to get him caught up or consider having him repeat 2nd grade (He's the youngest kid in his class). Instantly I noticed some fidgeting from the 3 female teachers and the assistant principal. All of them to a tee said that is not a good idea to "retain him" and that it will hurt his confidence and result in bad behavior. I shut them down immediately. I told them that I wasn't worried about his behavior because as a father, I know how to incentivize my son and that a little struggle in life builds character and leaders later in life. Then I look at their written plan for him and it was to continue the status quo of extra help with a goal of him being at mid 2nd grade level by June 2020 which of course would be after 3rd grade. Essentially no improvement for the next 12 months. THEY PUT THIS IN WRITING. I couldn't believe it. Just pass him along to 4th grade at a mid 2nd grade level.
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Like in so many things in this country, neither the actual participants in the education racket nor their enablers (those in the the political and legal systems) care not one whit what collateral damage (whether to individuals, societal institutions, or the nation as a whole) their self-enrichment schemes inflict. In addition to the fact that this particular racket provides wealth to "education system" officials, politicians at many levels, lawyers of all types, media companies, many corporations (via product placement and advertising), and, of course, a very small number (statistically speaking) of individual athletes, the fact that the actual product (the collegiate and pro sports phenomenon) is so firmly embedded in the American "culture" pretty much ensures that actual education will continue to be treated merely as a minor sideshow which is necessary to keep the racket going.
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. . . everyone should be allowed access to . . .
This is a key issue. This is what "equality", etc. should be all about.

Unfortunately, this is antithetical to what the progs/libs/SJWs have decided to inflict on the country. It has become unacceptable for TPTB to acknowledge that some will not have the capability and/or desire to be successful merely by having access. Thus, "access" is not sufficient: special consideration is now mandatory in order to try to equalize outcome, which results in a major diminution in quality for everyone else.

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I was an overnight Manager for Walmart in charge of the overnight stockers. Our local labor pool is a lot of blacks. Most of the people hired were functionally illiterate. They could barely read or write. The biggest problem we had was the stockers, especially on the grocery side, they would put things where it looked like a similar item was, not where it really went. They could not read the labels or the prices. As a consequence if a customer bought an item at whatever the price was we had to override the price at the register and sell it at that price.

I never could figure out how we made money with the number of overrides we had to do at the checkout. So I am not surprised, our educational system is a total failure.
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@Jfms99 -- When I ran MCSNet I got tired of people coming in for interviews who couldn't read, write and do grade-school arithmetic. I knew damn well what the racial make-up of those people were who failed to be able to do so, and that I'd eventually get attacked if I refused to hire them.

So I instituted a mandatory test for all persons before they were interviewed. I had one of my staff members give the test and I graded it, having never seen the person taking it beforehand, nor their resume. I had utterly no idea who it was.

The fail rate was over ninety percent. Nobody who failed got an actual interview and I kept EVERY SINGLE ONE of the tests taken in a horizontal file in our file room, fully expecting to have EEO come in at some point and try to ass-ram me.

The only time they ever did was when I fired a black lady for not showing up for work. The chick who came over (their office was about a block from our building) didn't make it halfway down to the hall to my conference room before turning around, apologizing for wasting my time, and walking right back out the door -- after walking past flaming gay employees (obvious without any effort at all) on the floor along with every possible color of skin there was.

Nonetheless I still kept all those files......

Think about that folks -- 90% fail rate for Chicago Public Schools, and incidentally, the fail rate for those claiming to be attending UofC was over 40%!

When I started to see THOSE I instantly ****-canned any claimed "degree" from said college; they were worth exactly ZERO as I refused to give ANY credit to ANY university that will admit functional illiterates. If you can't read and write yet get into a university then said university has proved its credentials are worthless.

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The black/white example really over-simplifies what has happened in education. A lot of teachers and administrators care and care a lot. What they do not have is control over policy. If they had control over policy you would see much more discrimination among students based on ability and performance and much less passing on students just to make the numbers look good. (I do realize that not all educators are like that and that some are bat-**** crazy, stupid, or both.)

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So I instituted a mandatory test for all persons before they were interviewed. I had one of my staff members give the test and I graded it, having never seen the person taking it beforehand, nor their resume. I had utterly no idea who it was.

Interaction with the advisory board for one of the programs that I oversee has given me a new perspective on the workforce. Almost all of the employers who make up the board give a basic math test as part of their employment screening. Several in fact have the application on the front of a piece of paper and a basic math test on the back!

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THEY PUT THIS IN WRITING. I couldn't believe it. Just pass him along to 4th grade at a mid 2nd grade level.


Just wait. Your education about public schools has only just begun.

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In the early 90's I made extra money as a tutor at Syracuse, keeping their sportsball players from failing.

The sum the university spent for this was ridiculous. Most of those guys were idiots, but they had a 'golden ticket' and were held to different standards than normal students. Essentially they were passed on, until their bodies were used up or their college careers ended. Back to the ghetto they went.

You're right about college administrators. At the University of Idaho, the president and a few people under him deserved prison over a land deal in the early 2000's. After blowing a few million in tax payer money, they all got promoted to better paying positions at different universities. It was obscene.





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I do believe everyone should be allowed access to a proper education.


Im fine with that. It can be done very satisfactorily by making some videos and other materials available via the internet.

Total cost - for the entire nation - a few million dollars. Use a small fraction of that school money to pay for internet infrastructure to unconnected rural communities.

Oh, and if the parents want daycare they can either pay for it or team up with some other parents and provide it ... or just have one stay-at-home parent like nature intended.
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another angle is that this situation reduces the value society gives to people who actually pass including marginally. what good is excelling to the best of one's abilities and meeting the standard if the person passed along next to you is not capable of the same.

one thing worth noting is a situation that i directly observed in high school. overwhelmingly white, very competitive to enter, out sick for a week meant that one was desperately behind and would probably fail out. we had some very competitive sports teams as this was sold as the way to get college scholarships and even entrance into various universities. the practice sessions were daily after class hours stretching into the evenings. competitions were almost weekly including weekend events traveled to. outside of a particular season there was regular daily training and practice. there is no way that the student athletes had the time or energy to keep up with the work in the vast majority of cases. perhaps there is that rare individual who learns easily. many students questioned whether this was possible and discovered later on that most of our athletes were carried by being scored on a curve and often "helped." this is a dirty secret of education institutions.

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Drifter, I went to a private high school in the early 90's and my school had a talented basketball player who was a Post Grad at the school who was getting below 700 on his SATs. A friend took the exam for him getting him over 900. He went on to Syracuse and was a 4 year starter and left Syracuse as the all time Big East leading scorer. He wasn't good enough to make it in the NBA and last I heard, he kicked around in Europe.
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