Thursday, March 20, 2008

For the start of the tournament today....Education

No Child Left Behind - The Basketball Version

  • The basketball version of what is going on in education right now. For all educators in and out of the education system:

  • All teams must make the state playoffs and all MUST win the championship. If a team does not win the championship, they will be on probation until they are the champions, and coaches will be held accountable. If after two years they have not won the championship their basketballs and equipment will be taken away UNTIL they do win the championship.

  • All kids will be expected to have the same basketball skills at the same time, even if they do not have the same conditions or opportunities to practice on their own. NO exceptions will be made for lack of interest in basketball, a desire to perform athletically, or genetic abilities or disabilities of themselves or their parents. ALL KIDS WILL PLAY BASKETBALL AT A PROFICIENT LEVEL!

  • Talented players will be asked to workout on their own, without instruction. This is because the coaches will be using all their instructional time with the athletes who aren't interested in basketball, have limited athletic ability or whose parents don't like basketball!

  • Games will be played year round, but statistics will only be kept in the 4th, 8th, and 11th games. This will create a New Age of Sports where every school is expected to have the same level of talent and all teams will reach the same minimum goals. If no child gets ahead, then no child gets left behind. If parents do not like this new law, they are encouraged to vote for vouchers and support private schools that can screen out the non-athletes and prevent their children from having to go to school with bad basketball players.


jenny said...

i like your analysis. sad, but true.

Nicole said...

Great analogy! I'm going to pass this on to some co-workers! They'll love it.

lina said...

That is a great analogy! I feel for the teachers, you guys have your hands full with your jobs & they are 24/7!
Hope things are going better for you :)

Nicole said...


Found your blog through the Swinigans...great post! I was a consultant in education and 3 of my sisters-in-law are teachers, and they loved it, too. One of them is showing her coworkers on Monday (with your name on it, of course!)

Perfect analogy!

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