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On Low-class Education, And Low-class Fans

Feb 17, 2008
All across the US, in all colleges, many college sports fans make great efforts to host opposing teams and their supports to join them, to provide them with the best in hospitality. At the same time, the home team college expends much money marketing games, to encourage other teams and their supports to visit, which increases attendance, which boosts revenues for the teams, and also generates support for all of the college's programs.

In tandem, the city, county and state governments sink a lot of money, attention, and effort to improve local colleges, at least partially so that tourists- which in this case means the opponents- will visit and put money into local coffers and the tax base.

Moreover, alumni and fans of each college donate their own money to the alma mater, to serve as a vehicle for community and school pride, for the fans and the students, and so that other schools will begin to see them as leaders in various areas.

And after all that, when opposing schools visit, there will always be some students and fans who insult these people. Curse them. Make obscene gestures at them.

And they "Boo" them. After everyone has gone through so much effort to showcase the college and the community, to demonstrate what a college stands for, and what an enlightened and friendly community the college and community are, when visiting fans come through the tailgating areas, and when visiting teams enter the field, they are booed.

These are your best students? These are your graduates? These are the brightest and finest of your community? These are your leaders? This is what a college education produces?

Education should teach us from the very beginning, that "big time" never coexists with "low class".

But happens everywhere, all across the country. It's not a secret, everyone recognizes it. But they do nothing anything about it.

It is an outrage. College administrators, elected student governments, alumni associations, players, coaches and athletics officers need to step up. They need to demand that supporters do what is expected of them, without even thinking about it:

Educate our students and supporters to know better.
About the Author
Joseph N. Abraham is the President and Founder of the Acadiana Educational Endowment and booksXYZ.com the nonprofit bookstore supporting education.
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