About 70% of young adults enroll in college after high school. One in three end up dropping out without attaining a degree. About half of zoomers are thus on track to make it through the college grind. About one in five of them benefit beyond the credential from the experience. So anything that saps higher education’s contemporary foundation is making the world a better place:
Much of this mirrors broader perceptions about closures and lock downs related to coronavirus. But there is a lot of Republican energy diverted from guarding the perimeter and instead expended on vicariously protecting astroturf from modern day gladiators who make a mockery of the idea that academia is a citadel of higher learning and who are screwed out of monetary compensation for the athletic work they do.
Collegiate sports are pressure release valves for middle America’s pent up frustrations that might otherwise be directed towards more productive ends. They are also a huge part of freshman recruiting–recruiting of the student body, that is. Going to a school that has a top football or basketball program is a big deal. Many incoming students make their decisions on where to attend based on the success of these programs.
Without college sports, without the liberating coed experience, without the opulent rec centers, are eighteen year-olds going to go tens of thousands of dollars in debt to enroll? To stare at a digital monitor and passively receive information freely and instantaneously accessible on that same digital monitor at any time by way of a Google search? Will their parents deplete the family’s savings for the same?