I’m glad Dan’s experiences in football helped make him the unusually gifted writer and editor he became. But one man’s idiosyncratic bio should not make us doubt our larger perspective that the median athlete is no credible asset for the finer tuning of higher education.
I’ve noticed in Germany that streets are often named after
philosophers, novelists, poets, painters and scientists. Ours, more
often after movie stars, home run sluggers and TV comics. You picks your
heroes and the culture adjusts upwards or downwards.
Our elementary schools are as feeble as they are partly because our
universities value irrelevant human activities immaturely.
Patrick D. Hazard
August 24, 2013