DUMB JOCKS IN
Dumb jocks are not born, they are being systematically created.
The evolution of sport in America is strikingly similar to that of athletics in ancient Greece. In both cases, as sport grew in popularity, so did the rewards that came with success. Increased prize money and the prospects of becoming a widely recognized celebrity heightened the emphasis placed upon winning, resulting in increased “professionalization” of athletics. The consequences of such developments in ancient Greece were that “athletics was compressed from a broadbased cultural ideal to the practice of a select few, and within this group the old values of well-rounded performance, cultivation of the whole body, and the importance of beauty and grace were lost. The connection between athletics, cultural education, and nobility withered, and the athlete came to be seen as crude, limited, and base” (Hatab 1991, 36).
It is not unreasonable to claim that a similar imbalance between athletics and education exists in America today. For example, when a school district or university is faced with budget cuts, it is far more likely that a program in the arts will be downsized or