Sports families complicate talk of educational advantage | IN 60 SECONDS

Sports families complicate talk of educational advantage | IN 60 SECONDS


The sports world is full of accomplished
competitors. In many cases, it’s a family affair. Two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry, and
reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, had dads who played pro ball. The father of
iconic New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick literally wrote the book on
coaching. Indeed, having a parent who was a professional athlete turns out to be a
huge leg up when it comes to pursuing this glamorous, lucrative line of work.
How should we feel about this? And how should it inform our thoughts about
educational equity? On the one hand, it’s patently unfair. Some children get a huge
head start. On the other hand, parents will inevitably share passions, knowledge,
and natural gifts with their children. In fact, doing so is pretty much the
definition of good parenting. There are a host of troubling ways in which
advantage is reproduced, but there are also organic, socially beneficial ways in
which responsible parents may incidentally advantage their children,
and well-meaning reformers committed to educational equity need to respect that
complicated reality. What lessons do you think sports can teach about equity and
advantage? Let us know in the comments. Also, let us know what other topics you’d
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2 Replies to “Sports families complicate talk of educational advantage | IN 60 SECONDS”

  1. The concentration on equity is precisely the problem. Sports is a zero sum game for the athletes, but not for the audience. We get to watch athletes get bigger, faster, better, etc. as records are broken. The day that sports begin to decline over equity concerns is the day sports die

  2. There is no govt-provided shortcut to success.
    You could magically build a brand new 100 million dollar facility in the middle of the ghetto and hire nothing but Harvard-educated teachers. If the horrendously ass-backward cultural norms/priorities/personal habits of a struggling demographic are not corrected, then they'll never succeed. If it's considered "racist" to offer perfectly legitimate cultural criticism, same thing.
    Now, take the same ghetto in question, keep the same crappy school and sub-par teachers, but have every student and/or family adopt the same ethics/values/priorities as your average 1st generation Korean or Japanese family; and as if by miracle, their lives would turn around overnight.
    Nothing can be fixed as long as excuses are tolerated and cultural criticism is derided as "RAYYY CISS!"

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