The Jan. 23 letter “Help for athletes” suggests that colleges should start offering a “core competency degree” to meet “academically challenged athletes where they are.” We already have that: It’s called a high school diploma.
If we start passing the responsibility of developing core competency on to colleges, what’s next? Allowing athletes to leave high school early by declaring for an NCAA draft? Then what? Leaving college even earlier by declaring for the NBA or NFL?
Perhaps the problem would be more appropriately and effectively addressed by allowing/requiring every level of our sequential education process to meet its respective responsibilities.