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UNC specialist gets death threats after research one in 10 athletes have reading age of a 3rd Grader
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Posted on 01/13/2014 7:38:36 AM PST by Altura Ct.

A university learning specialist has received death threats and hateful messages after she exposed shockingly low academic levels among revenue athletes the University of North Carolina.

Mary Willingham found that between eight and ten per cent of college’s football and basketball players had a reading level of a third grader.

By studying eight years of test scores from University of Carolina’s revenue sports players, she found that a majority had a reading level between fourth and eighth grade.

‘We may as well go over to the elementary school up the street and let the fourth-graders and third-graders in here,’ she told CNN.

Ms Willingham looked at 183 revenue sports players at the UNC between 2004 and 2012, and found that between eight and 10 per cent read below fourth grade level and 60 per cent between fourth and eighth grade level.

Ms Willingham also discovered that up to 25 per cent of basketball and football athletes did not have the reading level to study at a community college, let alone at a university.

In the two days which have passed since her findings were published as part of a wider investigation by CNN, Ms Willingham has received four death threats and 30 'alarming messages'

‘Not people who disagree, people who put in the subject or body (of the e-mail) straight-up hate speech,’ she said.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 01/13/2014 7:38:36 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

That high?


2 posted on 01/13/2014 7:39:21 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Altura Ct.

I would have thought it more like 35-40%.


3 posted on 01/13/2014 7:41:06 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Altura Ct.

You know people are worshiping a false god when ...


4 posted on 01/13/2014 7:42:38 AM PST by Tax-chick (Tell the mad chameleon he's not welcome anymore.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

“I would have thought it more like 35-40%.”

You are thinking about the basketball and football starters. Lots of benchwarmers out there doing their homework.


5 posted on 01/13/2014 7:43:08 AM PST by TexasGator
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To: Jeff Chandler

She must have been working miracles with them ! lol


6 posted on 01/13/2014 7:44:27 AM PST by Carry me back
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To: Altura Ct.
In the two days which have passed since her findings were published as part of a wider investigation by CNN, Ms Willingham has received four death threats and 30 'alarming messages'.

Truth hurts...people lash out.

7 posted on 01/13/2014 7:45:45 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Altura Ct.

I’ll say this: shame on the elementary schools that passed these kids on to the Middle Schools. Shame on the middle schools that passed them on to the high schools. Shame on the high schools... you get the point. I know a lot of people just want to say, “See.. college athletes are as dumb as a box of rocks”. However, I really wonder if they had undiagnosed Learning Disabilities that were ignored. They didn’t just show up to college not being able to read/comprehend past a third or fourth grade level.


8 posted on 01/13/2014 7:46:50 AM PST by momtothree
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To: who knows what evil?

TRUTH is the libs biggest fear.


9 posted on 01/13/2014 7:47:36 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Altura Ct.

She’ll change her tune once these “tolerant” progressives slash her tires and leave burning bags of poop on her door...”Oops! What I meant to say was that 100% of the black, er uh African American athletes read on an exceptionally high level”!


10 posted on 01/13/2014 7:47:42 AM PST by albie (ve`)
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To: Altura Ct.

“All right Coach. I did what you asked and I gave your star players a make-up exam to see if they could pass the animal husbandry course and remain eligible to play. I asked them to spell FARM. After much deliberation, their answer was E-I-E-I-O.”


11 posted on 01/13/2014 7:47:49 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: Altura Ct.

I’ve generally known that a huge percentage of our population has a reading level of a fourth grader. Our sons were reading at college level by the time they were in fifth grade. I’m not sure why. I read to them, they have a high IQ. By the time I was in firth grade, I had read all of our family’s encyclopedia at least once, and all the books in the house. We were not rich so the selection was limited. I read Gone with the Wind three times before my mother realized I was reading it for the sexy parts. She started checking my library picks after that.


12 posted on 01/13/2014 7:50:22 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Altura Ct.

This is a shock? Major universities have been recruiting “student” athletes for years based on sports ability and ignoring their obvious academic deficits. Students in these universities have long known that there are the proverbial classes in underwater basket weaving that are filled with jocks.


13 posted on 01/13/2014 7:51:14 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: Altura Ct.
After reading the article I am still not sure how Mary Willingham used the data to support her conclusion. Although another study of other Universities had similar finding, it would be nice for a journalist to actually perform some research.

In addition, I would like corroboration of the actual emails. Maybe a profile of who sends them, i.e., Boaster Members. Again, some Journalism..

14 posted on 01/13/2014 7:59:04 AM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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Ms Willingham also discovered that up to ONLY 25 per cent of basketball and football athletes did not have the reading level to study at a community college, let alone at a university.

I had to correct that line, because the scariest thing about this report is that you only need to read at a level somewhere between 4th and 8th grade to study at the community college level.

15 posted on 01/13/2014 8:00:17 AM PST by Henchster (Free Republic - the BEST site on the web!)
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To: Altura Ct.

I blame Lil Wayne.


16 posted on 01/13/2014 8:02:37 AM PST by struggle
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To: Altura Ct.

The numbers could be accurately summarized by saying that 70% of the “revenue athletes” read at eighth grade level or below.


17 posted on 01/13/2014 8:02:52 AM PST by awjenni
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To: momtothree

I coached HS baseball for 3 seasons. The kids had to maintain a 2.0 GPA to play. That seemed a little low to me, though I guarantee they could all read.


18 posted on 01/13/2014 8:03:21 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Altura Ct.

In 1989, the average salary of a UNC geography major from class of 1984 was $13,000,000. There were only five, one of whom was Micheal Jordan.


19 posted on 01/13/2014 8:04:48 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

... and he didn’t graduate.


20 posted on 01/13/2014 8:05:15 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Mercat

At least 20% of the population is functionally illiterate (can’t read beyond a fifth grade level).

’ Our sons were reading at college level by the time they were in fifth grade. I’m not sure why. I read to them, they have a high IQ.’

More diverse households don’t do that sort of thing.


21 posted on 01/13/2014 8:12:30 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Altura Ct.

$10 says not a single death threat was written in cursive.


22 posted on 01/13/2014 8:15:21 AM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Altura Ct.

Its not just at UNC... it is across the board


23 posted on 01/13/2014 8:20:42 AM PST by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: Altura Ct.

While in graduate school at a major university, I had a job, actually there were several of us, running a mandatory study hall for football freshmen. We never had a problem with them. We also followed their grades and arranged tutors when grades dropped. This was in the mid-sixties and there were no black studies or other make believe courses.

We ran a tight ship and I can guarantee you they could all read. Out of about 75 we only lost two or three that couldn’t do course work.


24 posted on 01/13/2014 8:24:31 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Altura Ct.

These are college students! Kinda tells me that they are not in college to study. They are there because they bring prestige and money to the school.

Do they get a degree? What’s it worth?


25 posted on 01/13/2014 8:25:06 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: onedoug

I’m betting the baseball players weren’t even part of the study. It’s not a revenue sport.


26 posted on 01/13/2014 8:28:32 AM PST by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: perez24

It is in college. Go Gamecocks!


27 posted on 01/13/2014 8:38:22 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Reminds me of the interview I saw after a Bull’s win. The subject of the interview was Steve Kerr, of the Bulls. In the course of the interview Kerr stated, “How could we lose when Michael and I combined for 60 points”?

Kerr had contributed 4 of those 60 points.


28 posted on 01/13/2014 8:41:56 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: elpadre

“..This was in the mid-sixties.....”

Correction: “This was in the mid-fifties”

my how time flies!!


29 posted on 01/13/2014 8:48:05 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Scratching the surface.

The last outfit I worked for underwent 2 different hiring phases for a ‘delivery driver’; it was an enlightening experience, to state the least. One gal actually came in and asked, “This doesn’t require a driver’s license, does it?” (the ad stated that little tidbit). She then went on to state she was suspended for DUII the month prior and walked out the door, leaving us completely bewildered (true story).

I’ve looked at the jobs reports for the past 5 years and wondered what the actual percentage of ‘jobs’ were actually ‘turnover’.

Color me jaded: I fully expect an addition to our collection of ‘anti-discriminatory’ offenses within the coming years...

‘Education Discrimination’.

It’s ‘not fair’, right? /s


30 posted on 01/13/2014 8:48:26 AM PST by logi_cal869
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To: Altura Ct.

There would be more threats, but most can’t write, so they’re stuck.


31 posted on 01/13/2014 8:56:15 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Altura Ct.

It’s called The Carolina Way.

When this stuff really hits the fan UNC will be (should be) forced to vacate about 5-10 years worth of football and basketball games. That would include two NCAA titles for the hoops team.

With UNC a media darling, especially ESPN, look for a cover up or a quick excuse from the NCAA that this wasn’t a lack of institutional control.

If this were any other school, save Duke, this would have already happened.


32 posted on 01/13/2014 8:59:01 AM PST by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: WomBom

No one denies that the problem of poorly educated college athletes exists at almost every university (Stanford may be the exception) that participates in major college athletics but most have not been as hypocritical about the situation as had UNC. For decades the UNC Athletic Department trumpeted the claim that its student/athletes were far better prepared for college than those at other schools - say Clemson, for instance. Now, as events unfold, that claim was false.
It is one thing to admit poorly prepared students to your university but its another to claim you don’t and then be discovered as having done so.


33 posted on 01/13/2014 9:06:49 AM PST by quadrant (1o)
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To: Altura Ct.
As a huge fan of college basketball, I always smirked when people like Dick Vitale would whine about players leaving early for the pros. For most of them, considering their dismal academic capabilities, that was probably their best option. If you're an athlete at a bigtime school, and you are offered a million or more dollar contract, you better take it. Because if you break a leg or get some other serious injury, that money will not be there.

A great many of them simply don't belong in a university classroom. One and done is the rage now, and while it makes a joke of the college-is-the-best-thing-for-everybody scam, it's what is best for most of those dullards who probably couldn't get a decent job anywhere if they couldn't bounce a basketball or carry a football.

34 posted on 01/13/2014 9:16:59 AM PST by driftless2
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To: TexasGator
You are thinking about the basketball and football starters.

Yes. The Golf, Tennis and Swimming athletes actually make pretty good students - of course they don't make much money for their schools but whose counting ?

35 posted on 01/13/2014 9:22:48 AM PST by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: Henchster

Every time I hear a live interview with a star athlete, I cringe.

I went to a one room school in rural Wisconsin.

None of them can speak as well as all of us could at the end of the 3rd grade.


36 posted on 01/13/2014 9:39:37 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Altura Ct.

I’m assuming the death threats were verbal and not written.


37 posted on 01/13/2014 9:56:19 AM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: Constitution Day

Great schadenfreude over this UNC FAIL.


38 posted on 01/13/2014 9:58:05 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: perez24

Baseball is the thinking man’s sport.

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39 posted on 01/13/2014 10:02:52 AM PST by Mears
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To: Graybeard58

Image how many more he would have scored if he had completed college!


40 posted on 01/13/2014 10:09:50 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Of course, most of the threats were badly misspelled and had atrocious syntax.


41 posted on 01/13/2014 10:24:30 AM PST by DPMD
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To: perez24

“I’m betting the baseball players weren’t even part of the study. It’s not a revenue sport.”

I’m sure you’re right. Baseball has a really good minor league system, so any kids who can play, but aren’t really college material can still get drafted into the minors.


42 posted on 01/13/2014 10:32:44 AM PST by gemoftheocean (...geez, this all seems so straight forward and logical to me...)
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To: Altura Ct.
Redundant! "reading age of a 3rd Grader" should be "3rd grade reading ability"
43 posted on 01/13/2014 10:36:44 AM PST by CivilWarBrewing
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To: momtothree
“They didn’t just show up to college not being able to read/comprehend past a third or fourth grade level.”
I went to high school with a guy that graduated with 26 Ds and the coach had to plead for a lot of them.
He went on to USC with a football scholarship, a new Cadillac, a job he didn't have to do, and a free apartment.

He never had to learn anything and graduated, grades were a gift.

44 posted on 01/13/2014 10:39:43 AM PST by dalereed
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To: who knows what evil?

Yeh, and I bet those messages come from “third graders”!


45 posted on 01/13/2014 10:43:59 AM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Rebelbase

Well deserved. If this ever comes completely unraveled, I would not be surprised if Dean Smith was involved with this. It sure would explain the ferocity in which the powers that be are stonewalling the truth from being exposed. The AFAM professor was on campus in ‘92. I’ve read that from 5-8 of the ‘92 team were AFAM majors. They won the NCAA Championship that year.


46 posted on 01/13/2014 12:06:58 PM PST by jocwhales
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To: Altura Ct.

Try this, it will bring college football players into “focus.”

http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/5fndtz/key-and-peele-east-west-bowl


47 posted on 01/13/2014 12:38:16 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Altura Ct.

Wow! I knew it was low, but not that low. Figues though. These gifted athletes have been kowtowed to their whole lives.


48 posted on 01/13/2014 2:01:16 PM PST by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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To: Altura Ct.

I like that term... “revenue athletes”.


49 posted on 01/13/2014 11:31:33 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Rebelbase; jocwhales
Great schadenfreude over this UNC FAIL.

I must admit that I have enjoyed the negative publicity tremendously.

For years, we North Carolinians have had to listen to smug UNC fans (so many of whom are not UNC alumni) prattle on about "The Carolina Way" and how they just did things "better" than other schools.

Those of us with a grasp on reality knew they were blowing sunshine. I'm glad to see their lies being exposed and I have NO doubt it goes back to the Dean Smith era.

50 posted on 01/14/2014 10:27:35 AM PST by Constitution Day
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