What’s wrong with higher education in relation to some student athletes these days, you ask? Check this out. According to a whistleblower who was reported on by ESPN and Yahoo! News on Thursday, an athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill got an A- for writing the following paper. This final paper was allegedly the only requirement for the course, according to the report.
The university paper in a course called "AFAM 41" that got an A-:
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.
Not only is the paper written poorly, but according to the whistleblower – Mary Willingham who was formerly a learning-support system specialist at the school - the paper was written for a course at North Carolina at Chapel Hill that she claims is specifically designed to keep student athletes in school. She said that students couldn’t write a paper – couldn’t even write a sentence yet. Willingham went on to assert that some students were reading at a second-or-third grade level which is considered illiterate for a college student. Players were getting As and Bs in such classes while getting Ds and Fs in other university classes such as Economics and Biology, according to the former specialist.
Needless to say, this is proof of how disturbing the academic issues regarding student-athletes can be in higher education.