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I was having a discussion with a teacher today, as to the downsides of teachers (of any grade/college) pushing rising athletes to focus more on sports, rather than education. They were all for education being over any sport training, of course. And I can absolutely agree with that. I see education as an extremely useful, and necessary tool for a decent life.
Now on the other hand, I have to play devils advocate. Lets say I had a student in their later years of the education system. And to be clear, I mean somewhere around 10th grade and up. Would it be wrong for me to tell the student to push themselves fully into that sport? To tell them to devote as much time as possible into training so that they can achieve their goal of making it into the NFL, MLB, NHL, etc. Instead of say, devoting more time into studying.
And I am not speaking on the ones who don't show a huge enjoyment from the sport they are taking place in. I am speaking on the ones who have made it clear that they only want to play sports when they grow up.
We all know that there are circumstances where teachers/professors straight up ignore the students grades, and in some cases fake them entirely, just so they can continue on the start of their career. But my question is, is that such a bad thing? Yes, it is bad to fake/ignore grades, that's not what I'm saying. Is it bad to let them slide on that exam, homework, etc?
At some point, the people who are responsible for your upbringing (and helping you achieve your goals), need to focus on what you are good at, and what you want out of life. If they have a talent that they want to take all they way, help them to get there. It's like the old, "how is algebra going to help me when I'm a singer?" type thing.