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[Bearbeiten] The real story of the Oklahoma State scandal is that no one
Sports media giant publishes much-hyped takedown of major college football program sports world reacts by scratching its belly and fixing a sandwich.Oklahoma State, one of college football s rags-to-(literally)-riches stories over the last decade, to have done it with what amounts to a thorough flaunting of fundamental rules in college sports. The collective reaction is mostly one of the following:This happens everywhere, the story needs more proof,http://www.jerseys-online.org/sitemap.html,, who cares, and/or the NCAA rules are so absurd it should be open season for schools to cheat.Those are powerful statements on their own, but the real kicker is the underlying message about the dying relevancy, credibility and viability of the institution that is the NCAA.College sports paying customers just don t give a damn about NCAA rules.This is about more than the journalistic questions about Sports Illustrated s report, of . These legitimate concerns about the motivations of those who spoke, and the methods with which their perspectives were gathered are undoubtedly part of the general public reaction.Still, this is a 10-month investigation by a well-regarded magazine that found allegations that include coaches paying players, sex with recruiting hostesses, players dealing drugs, and an academic adviser hired without any previous experience in academia. Ignore every bit of accusation from a former player, and there is still enough to call this a scandal, still enough to warrant punishment.These are major problems.And the public reaction so far is a chilling truth for everyone inside college sports.The SI report is only the most high-profile report this week. On Wednesday, that five former Southeastern Conference football stars, including Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray, received extra benefits. Bray, who played for Tennessee, was alleged to have received $900. The report was accompanied by pointing out that none of the schools involved are likely to receive punishment.Which is how we sports fans have shown we want it.Whether it s scandal fatigue or NCAA fatigue, the people college sports paying customers have spoken. They just don t care.If follow-up investigations will determine potential punishments for those involved, the reaction we ve seen already can be viewed as the ultimate judgment of the fundamentally flawed system of major college football.Critical rules may very well have been broken, and the customer base is very clearly and overwhelmingly apathetic. Take your rules and shove it. What time s the game on Saturday?A quarter-century ago,Wholesale Dumervil Elite jerseys, SMU s infractions were greeted with gasps and horror. Today, we yawn.The NCAA which hasn t yet responded publicly as an authority is bankrupt of credibility. The first reaction of so many is to attack SI s reporting,Baltimore Ravens Jerseys wholesale, including a sleek (and genius) .NCAA president Mark Emmert has become the face of the public backlash, and in how the organization makes rules and policy. The question is whether the structure can be saved, or should be.The NCAA has only itself to blame here. The bureaucrats in charge have been shamefully slow to adapt to the modern sports world, and the follow-up to Yahoo s investigation of Miami could serve as a how-to guide on flushing credibility. Also, Oregon received the equivalent of five minutes in the timeout corner for the Willie Lyles mess.If the NCAA is showing itself to have no regard for or ability to enforce its rules, why should anyone else?The effects of this new landscape are potentially huge. Barring a quick and complete turnaround for the respect of NCAA rules, the message is clear to everyone around college sports: Many fans don t care if you cheat.This is not to say that coaches and administrators will necessarily become lax about rules compliance. KU football coach Charlie Weis, in fact, about the importance of following NCAA and Big 12 rules. Surely he was one of many head coaches to do that in the wake of what will be, if nothing else, an enormous headache and distraction at Oklahoma State.But the fear is diminished, particularly the further away you are from a coach s culpability those around college sports have much less to lose than those inside college sports.Enforcement of NCAA rules has always been effectively outsourced to newspapers, magazines and websites. An investigative piece would run, people would be outraged, the school and NCAA would follow up, and punishments would be decided.That playbook has now changed, because the second step in that process no longer exists. If there is outrage, a big chunk of it is aimed at the rules instead of the rule-breakers.The structure of major college sports has been agonizingly slow to evolve. The modern world evolved anyway, of course, and has basically left the NCAA and the rules that govern it behind. That s what we see and hear this week.Major college football programs may very well have broken rules. A decade ago, this little game would ve turned college football on its head. There would ve been disgrace.This week, there is mostly apathy. Any disgrace is the NCAA s. Once again, the institution in charge of college sports comes out as the biggest loser. How much longer can this last?
[Bearbeiten] How to Make School Better for Boys
What can we do to improve the prospects of boys? For one thing, we must acknowledge the fact that boys and girls are different. In many education and government circles, it remains taboo to broach the topic of sex differences. Many gender scholars insist that the sexes are cognitively interchangeable and argue that any talk of difference only encourages sexism and stereotyping. In the current environment, to speak of difference invites opprobrium, and to advocate for male-specific interventions invites passionate and organized opposition. Meanwhile, one gender difference refuses to go away: Boys are languishing academically, while girls are soaring. ?Young men in Great Britain, Australia, and Canada have also fallen behind. But in stark contrast to the United States, these countries are energetically, even desperately, looking for ways to help boys improve. Why? They view widespread male underachievement as a national threat: A country with too many languishing males risks losing its economic edge. So these nations have established dozens of boy-focused commissions, task forces, and working groups. Using evidence and not ideology as their guide, officials in these countries don��t hesitate to recommend sex-specific solutions. The British Parliamentary urges, ��Every teacher should have an up-to-date knowledge of reading material that will appeal to disengaged boys.�� A Canadian on improving boys�� literacy recommends active classrooms ��that capitalize on the boys�� spirit of competition���� games, contests, debates. An Australian found that adolescent males, across racial and socioeconomic lines, shared a common complaint, ��School doesn��t offer the courses that most boys want to do, mainly courses and course work that prepare them for employment.��? Sumitra Rajagopalan, an adjunct professor of biomechanics at Canada��s McGill University, developed a program for disengaged teenage boys in Montreal, where one in three male students drops out of high school. The male students she met were bored by their classroom instruction and starved for hands-on activities. She was shocked to find that many had never held a hammer or screwdriver.? Under her supervision, the boys built a solar driven Stirling engine from Coca-Cola cans and straws.�� Boys are born tinkerers,�� she said. ��They have a deep-seated need to rip things apart, decode their inner workings, create stuff.�� Rajogopalan��s insight is supported by a large body of showing that taken as a group, men prefer working with things and women prefer working with people. Of course, there are female tinkerers who like to work with things and gladly enter occupations such as pipefitting and metallurgy. But the number of men eager to enter these fields is substantially greater. Women still predominate��some-times overwhelmingly��in empathy-centered fields such as early-childhood education, social work, veterinary medicine, and psychology, while men prevail in the mechanical vocations such as car repair, oil drilling, and electrical engineering. Young men may be a vanishing breed on the college campus,nike nfl jerseys from China, but there are some colleges that have no trouble attracting them��schools whose names include the letters T-E-C-H. Georgia Tech is 68 percent male; Rochester Institute of Technology, 68 percent; South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 74 percent. This affinity pattern points to one highly promising strategy for reconnecting boys with school: vocational education, now called Career and Technical Education (CTE). Enrollment in vocational programs has dramatic effects on students�� likelihood of graduating from high school��especially boys In a rare example of the academic establishment taking note of boys�� trouble in school, the Harvard Graduate School of Education recently published a major study, , that highlights the ��yawning gender gap�� in education favoring women: ��Our system�� clearly does not work well for many, especially young men.�� The authors call for a national revival of vocational education in secondary schools. They cite several existing programs that could serve as a model for national reform, including the Massachusetts system, sometimes called the ��Cadillac of Career Training Education.�� Massachusetts has a network of 26 academically rigorous vocational-technical high schools serving 27,000 male and female students. Students in magnet schools such as Worcester Technical, Madison Park Technical Vocational, and Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical take traditional academic courses but spend half their time apprenticing in a field of their choice. These include computer repair,nike seattle seahawks 3 jerseys, telecommunications networking, carpentry, early childhood education, plumbing, heating, refrigeration, and cosmetology. As Pathways reports, these schools have some of the state��s highest graduation and college matriculation rates, and close to 96 percent pass the states�� rigorous high-stakes graduation test. Blackstone Valley Tech in Upton, Massachusetts, should be studied by anyone looking for solutions to the boy problem.? It is working wonders with girls (who comprise 44 percent of the student body), but its success with boys is astonishing. According to a on vocational education by the Commonwealth��s Pioneer Institute, ��One in four Valley Technical students enter their freshman year with a fourth-grade reading level.�� The school immerses these students in an intense, individualized remediation program until they read proficiently at grade level. These potentially disaffected students put up with remediation as well as a full load of college preparatory courses (including honors and Advanced Placement classes), because otherwise they could not spend half the semester apprenticing in diesel mechanics, computer repair, or automotive engineering. In former times, vocational high schools were often dumping grounds for low achievers. Today, in Massachusetts, they are launching pads into the middle class. Recent shows that enrollment in high school vocational programs has dramatic effects on students�� likelihood of graduating from high school��especially boys. But efforts to engage more boys in career and technical programs face a formidable challenge. In a series of scathing reports, the National Council on Women and Girls Education (NCWGE��a 38-year-old consortium that today includes heavy hitters such the AAUW, the National Women��s Law Center, the ACLU, NOW, the Ms. Foundation, and the National Education Association) has condemned high school vocational training schools as hotbeds of Because of decades of successful lobbying by NCWGE groups, high school and college career and technical training programs face government sanctions and loss of funds if they fail to recruit and graduate sufficient numbers of female students into ��non-traditional�� fields. Over the years, untold millions of state and federal dollars have been devoted to recruiting and retaining young women into fields like pipefitting, automotive repair, construction, drywall installing, manufacturing, and refrigeration mechanics. ?But according to Statchat, a University of Virginia workforce blog, these efforts at vocational equity ��haven��t had much of an impact.�� ?Despite an unfathomable number of girl-focused programs and interventions, ��technical and manual occupations tend to be dominated by men, patterns that have held steady for many years.�� ? ?In March 2013 NCWGE released a urging the need to fight even harder against ��barriers girls and women face in entering nontraditional fields.�� Among its nine key recommendations to Congress: more federal funding and challenge grants to help states close the gender gaps in career and technical education (CTE); mandate every state to install a CTE gender equity coordinator; and impose harsher punishments on states that fail to meet ��performance measures�� �Ci.e. gender quotas. Instead of spending millions of dollars attempting to transform aspiring cosmetologists into welders, education officials should concentrate on helping young people, male and female,Carlos Pena has appendectomy,,Baltimore Ravens Jerseys China, enter careers that interest them. And right now, boys are the underserved population requiring attention. The reluctance to face up to the boy gap is evident at every level of government In the U.S., a powerful network of women��s groups works ceaselessly to protect and promote what it sees as female interest. But there is no counterpart working for boys��they are on their own. This contrasts dramatically with constructive, problem-solving approach of education leaders and government officials in Great Britain, Canada, and Australia. The British have their parliamentary ��toolkit of effective practices�� for educating boys��while Americans have the National Women��s Law Center��s . The reluctance to face up to the boy gap is evident at every level of government. In Washington, President Obama established a White House Council on Women and Girls shortly after taking office in 2009, : ��When our daughters don��t have the same education and career opportunities as our sons, that affects��our?economy and our future as a nation.�� On the other hand, the proposal for a from a bi-partisan group of academics and political leaders has now been languishing in Secretary of Education Arne Duncan��s office for two years. Similarly, in Maine, the Portland Press Herald ran an alarming about the educational deficits of boys��reporting that high school girls outnumber boys by almost a 2-1 ratio in top-10 senior rankings, that men earn about 38 percent of the bachelor's degrees awarded by Maine's public universities, and that boys both rich and poor had fallen seriously behind their sisters. But the director of Women��s Studies at the University of Southern Maine, Susan Feiner, expressed frustration over the sudden concern for boys. ��It is kind of ironic that a couple of years into a disparity between male and female attendance in college it becomes ��Oh my God, we really need to look at this. The world is going to end.���� Feiner��s complaint is understandable but seriously misguided. It was wrong to ignore women��s educational needs for so long, and cause for celebration when we turned our attention to meeting those needs. But turning the tables and neglecting boys is not the answer. Why not be fair to both? Great Britain, Australia, and Canada are Western democracies just as committed to gender equality as we are. Yet they are seriously addressing their boy gap. If they can do it, so can we.
[Bearbeiten] Suspect pleads guilty to beating elderly man
AUSTELL, Ga. -- A homeless man has pleaded guilty to beating a 71-year-old Austell resident to death. Thomas Duane Sparks . Charges of felony murder,Giants Jerseys China, aggravated assault,Wholesale Dumervil Elite jerseys, aggravated battery and armed robbery were dropped as part of Sparks' plea deal. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years. Cobb County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Jesse Evans said Sparks once rented a room from Stahl. He killed the victim by hitting him repeatedly with a piece of wood. Sparks,Cheap NFL Jerseys China,Cecily Strong gets 'Saturday Night Live' desk job, 50, claimed in court he was "real sorry" for killing Stahl. Lisa McCloud, Stahl's daughter, spoke in court on her family's behalf. She called her father's death a "true nightmare." "This heinous act has completely devastated my family," McCloud said.