Sports: The All-American Addiction

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10
MIND OVER BODY
IN THE
INFORMATION AGE

Instead of pouring new knowledge into people's heads, we need to help them grind a new set of eyeglasses so we can see the world in a new way.

—J. S. Brown

American education has tacitly endorsed, and our society celebrates, a culture that accepts the notion that it is an educational institution's responsibility to provide the very best in facilities, coaching, and support so that elite athletes have every opportunity to develop their athletic abilities to the fullest. There is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to provide the resources and support to help an individual develop fully as an athlete. The problem, however, is that while this goal has become the primary purpose of the athlete's educational experience, the academic and personal development of the individual has become an afterthought. It is as if we have come to believe that if during a star athlete's years in school, he or she happens to get an education, it is a bonus. This, as opposed to a system that has as its fundamental expectation that a young person develop fully academically, intellectually, socially, and personally while he or she happens to play athletics. It is the athletic development that must be a pleasant byproduct of the educational process, not the other way

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Sports 1
  • 1 - The Essence of the Game 3
  • 2 - Buying In 9
  • 3 - The All-American Addiction 21
  • 4 - Sport and a Civil Society 40
  • 5 - Dumb Jocks in the Global Economy 65
  • 6 - The Athlete as Couch Potato 114
  • 7 - Give Me Your Money! 144
  • 8 - Sport and Upward Mobility 171
  • 9 - “get Over It!” 191
  • 10 - Mind Over Body in the Information Age 208
  • 11 - What If? 235
  • References 253
  • Index 259
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