I have no doubt there are teachers and institutions who/that hold their students -- even the athletes -- to a high standard of academic excellence. This example from North Carolina is not one of them.
(Pulse) -- Just one day after a National Labor Relations Board official ruled that football players at Northwestern University were primarily employees of the school, not students, and therefore can form a union, an ungrammatical, 146-word essay that earned an 'A-minus' for a University of North Carolina athlete has gone viral.
UNC-Chapel Hill has already been involved in a scandal for allowing its athletes to enroll in what amounted to fake courses for easy credit in order to keep up their GPAs to meet the NCAA's eligibility requirements. Mary Willingham, who spent a decade tutoring and advising UNC’s athletes, became a whistleblower, and she revealed the essay during an interview with ESPN. She said, "Athletes couldn't write a paper. They couldn't write a paragraph. They couldn't write a sentence yet." Evidence of this kind of faking of athletes' academics flies in the face of the NCAA's claim that these are "student-athletes," one of their major arguments against the players being compensated.
The essay on Rosa Parksread:
Rosa Parks: My Story
On the evening of December Rosa Parks decided that she was going to sit in the white people section on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time blacks had to give up there seats to whites when more whites got on the bus. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Her and the bus driver began to talk and the conversation went like this. “Let me have those front seats” said the driver. She didn’t get up and told the driver that she was tired of giving her seat to white people. “I’m going to have you arrested,” said the driver. “You may do that,” Rosa Parks responded. Two white policemen came in and Rosa Parks asked them “why do you all push us around?” The police officer replied and said “I don’t know, but the law is the law and you’re under arrest.