Mixed Messages…Student-Athlete or Just Athlete?

What kind of messages are we sending to student-athletes if we set low standards for GPA.  Should they also expect that the bar be lowered for them as adults after playing sports in school?  How can we expect so little of high school athletes, but once they turn 18 we have unrealistic professional expectations of them?  Lowering GPA requirements for student-athletes ultimately hurts our future generation of leaders and work force.  It changes the role of the student-athlete to just an athlete.

 According to Ted Biondo (ESPN video clip: OTL: Lowering GPA Standards), “If that’s the only thing keeping them in school, how does that affect the other kids.”


Alex trautmann is a baseball player with a 3.2 GPA and he has an interesting point of view on lowering GPA for student-athletes.

Alex Trautmann makes a compelling statement when he says, “School is not important, learning is not important.”

Another conscientious  student from the ESPN video clip, Aida Cornier, has tutored many student-athletes and has seen a change in attitudes from when GPA standards were higher at her school to lower standards now in effect.  She mentions that a 2.5 GPA motivated the student-athletes she tutored to work harder and now many have the impression that they can slack off with the lower standards.  In light of what Aida says, we have to wonder if lowering the bar for these students to play sports will help them to graduate from their institutions or help them achieve their future goals in life.  Where did the role of high schools change from educating our youth to shifting the focus onto sports?





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