Thursday, August 21, 2008

Olympic Thoughts

I enjoy the Olympics, and I root for the U.S. as my country by naturalization. I also root for international players I recognize, like Yao Ming and Svetlana Abrosimova. My favorite events are volleyball and basketball, and I'm a sports fan in general, but the Olympics also make me think of the emphasis the U.S. places on sports. I can't help but wonder where we'd be—how many world problems we could solve—if we placed as much value on education as we do on sports.

I wonder how we'd fare in calculus, reading comprehension, and writing competitions as is.


pattinase (abbott) said...

So much of the support for Olympic (and all) sports comes from corporate sponsors. How can we persuade them that investment in education will produce a bigger payoff in the long run?

Gerald So said...

I don't know what other factors may be involved, but education is one step in developing better workers and corporate leaders.