Bad Grades, Shmad Grades….

When you think of the term student-athletes traditionally, the student aspect comes first. Nowadays, the term has flip flopped, the athlete holds the term alive. Recently athletic directors have lowered the GPA requirements at certain schools for athletes to be eligible to play. Ultimately us bloggers (Al and Ab) believe that it does more harm than good.

Good (or reasons the lowered GPA requirements is acceptable): It keeps some kids off the streets and on the courts/fields that typically wouldn’t meet the previous requirements.

Bad (or reasons the lowered GPA requirements is unfavorable): Work ethic and internal motivation to achieve in the classroom is lost. Laziness and being able to just get by becomes the new norm. NCAA requires a minimum GPA in college so if those student-athletes expect to play at a higher division, high school would not be preparing them effectively if they lower the GPA.

All in all, lowering the GPA for high school student athletes ultimately hurts them in the long run. Keeping the GPA where its at and providing study hall and tutoring options for the student-athletes would be a beneficial way to provide outlets for the struggling scholars.

Here is a funny video on the topic.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDpK6iyXNdk[/youtube]

“You do that homework assignment, Can I see it?”

Peace and Blessings,

Al & Ab

 

 

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