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DeVos started her political career by being a volunteer for former President Gerald Ford in Since then, she has served on the Republican National Committee and has been elected as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party four times. DeVos has always been politically active as a Republican and focused on reforming the education system.

Having a lifelong interest in the arts, Devos was asked by former President George W. Bush to serve on the Board of Trustees for the John F.

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Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. She has also served on the board for ArtPrize; an international art competition founded by her son. Her list of qualifications goes on. While this may seem far-fetched, wildlife does jeopardize the safety of schools. A bear in New Jersey had to be shot as it approached a school in Furthermore, a mountain lion in Nebraska also threatened a school.

Leaving this responsibility to the states is the responsible choice. Devos is the right person to lead our country into having a successful education system. Her passion for school choice will allow every student in America to learn in the quality environment that they deserve. Having political involvement that spans for over 35 years gives her the qualifications for the job of Secretary of Education. Just think of the unvaccinated children dying from measles , or the hundreds of thousands of deaths each year from vitamin A blindness , to which genetic engineering has had a solution for years.

In fact, those are good ideas, but it seems unlikely to happen any time soon.

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Another good idea would be to reform the history classes, since there should be at least one mandatory class on world history. As important as Canadian history is, civic literacy requires so much more. For instance, to properly understand the Syrian refugee crisis you would need basics in European, Middle Eastern, and Turkish history. One of the best ways to learn is through practice, so why not give high schoolers more chances to directly engage with politics?

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There are a lot of ways in which the government could do that, and two of the best would be to lower the voting age to 16 and to give student councils a lot more power. Civics class is just as important as ever and the stakes are only getting higher. Currently, electoral reform has become a major issue among Canadians. Having civics in the curriculum sends a message that as a country we cherish our democratic systems, and recognize that a core understanding of the subject is critical.

Especially now that our neighbours south of the border are calling facets of their own democracy into question, Canada as a country needs to work hard to preserve the integrity of its own governmental system to avoid similar problems. In understanding the fundamentals of democracy, Canadian citizens can influence the national discussion, highlight issues in the process, and inoculate them against those who would try to mislead them on the state of their democratic institutions.

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Eitzen notes that athletes are sometimes mistreated physically and mentally and are often denied the rights and freedoms of other citizens. Ultimately, they have no real democratic recourse in an unjust system. There are other similarities to the plantation analogy. The athletes can be prohibited from political protests and the right to assemble. And finally, they can be subjected to mental cruelty and physical abuse e. Furthermore, collegiate athletics is often the only game in town for many of these athletes.

For instance, football players must be in their third year of college or over the age of 21 to enter the National Football League NFL.


Basketball players, on the other hand, must attend college for one year or ultimately sit out a year before they can enter the National Basketball Association NBA. My colleague is partially correct in that most student athletes know that they are getting a scholarship that will allow them to go to school and play a sport. Student-athletes are also a led to believe that they will play and receive a college degree while possibly picking up a few fringe benefits along the way. Even though student athletes know they will not get directly paid for playing, many desire and even expect some form of compensation.

Nathan Tublitz, co-chair of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletes, an organization of 51 faculty senates whose purpose is to remind college presidents, athletic directors, and coaches that student athletes are students first. He points out that:. We bring 17 year-old kids, some of them from the inner city and we wine and dine them.

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They have female chaperones. We put them up in fancy hotels.

They come here and see an incredibly fancy locker room with individual TV screens, air conditioning and videogames. They see a medical training facility that is stunningly beautiful with waterfalls, treadmill pools, and the sate-of-the-art medical and dental equipment. They come here and are treated like royalty. Until they break a leg or get put on the second string and they get set aside. When the scholarship is signed, the athlete and his family have reasonable expectations which include efforts by the coaching staff and university administration to meet all obligations of the contract.

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Academic Detachment. My colleague also makes the claim that the university offers more than an education e. Due to the plantation effect, however, many athletes are not able to take advantage of those events.

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Student athletes are also over-scheduled with study halls, practices, weight training sessions, film study, individual workouts, more practice, travel, and competition; all in an attempt to help athletes maintain focus on their sport. After observing, interviewing, and traveling with them, they concluded that big-time basketball and being seriously engaged in academics were not compatible. They also found that freshmen had a period of optimism regarding academics when they first arrived on campus, but after about two semesters they found that the social isolation combined with the fatigue of training kept them from becoming involved in academic life.

Positive feedback these basketball players earned was always athletic-related and not academic. They soon learned what they had to do to stay eligible. Coaches made sure they scheduled classes that did not interfere with practices. Ultimately, the researchers realized that academic detachment was encouraged by the peer culture, and because of their social status e. Those who entered college well-prepared with appropriate high school courses, strong parental support and an ability to develop relationships outside of sport were able to succeed in the classroom.

For instance, Robert Smith, former running back for Minnesota Vikings and pre-med student while at Ohio State, needed two afternoon labs in the same semester. Since the labs conflicted with practice, coaches suggested that he drop them because of the commitment he made to play football.

Against the wishes of the coaching staff, Smith took the classes but was forced to sit out the season as red shirt athlete; a further example of the plantation effect. Benson 3 noted that one perspective was missing from the literature included a full expression from the black athletes point of view. Another major finding of the Benson 3 study was that the marginal academic performance was created by a series of interrelated practices engaged in by all significant members of the academic setting, including peers, coaches, advisors, teachers, and the student athletes themselves.

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It began in the recruitment, and continued through the first year. Black student athletes received the message that school was not important, and that as time passed, they had no real control over their destiny in the classroom. It was simply a matter of survival to keep the grade point average GPA to a point to be eligible. Simply put, student athletes learned it was a matter of survival and a basic expectation to maintain a GPA just high enough to remain eligible to compete 3.

The previous mentioned studies serve as evidence to support his statement 1, 3, 8. The exploitation of athletes is not solely an NCAA issue but a societal one. For example, Fred Butler was passed on through elementary, middle, and high school because he was a good football player. He graduated from high school reading at a second grade level and went to El Camino Junior College.

There he took a number of physical activity classes while hoping to be drafted into the NFL. When again no offer came and his eligibility expired, he failed out of school within months with no degree, no offers to play pro ball, and no skills to use for employment. And he still could not read!