A few of you original readers may recall I don't like running up scores on others - or having them run up against us!
Sometimes it's unavoidable. If you're in a tri- or quad-meet, your line-up may help you stay in a meet with one opponent, while running it up on a weaker one. You may also have coaches that won't agree to let you to swim your kids "exhibition" if the meet's getting out of hand.
It's got to be one or the other. Either Education Secretary Arne Duncan is clueless on Title IX or he's lying.
Sabrina Schaeffer calls out Duncan on Huff Post here. That's right, the Huffington Post.
Four decades after the law passed, Secretary Duncan seems to remain largely ignorant of the serious ramifications of this legislation, which, in effect, has helped institutionalize gender inequality, quotas and preferences. During the Tweet-up Duncan wrote, "Contrary to conventional wisdom, since 1972 access to men's sports has not been diminished." He added, "T9 requires schools to offer equal athletic opps for men & women. It doesn't require schools to eliminate any teams."
Well, not exactly, Mr. Secretary.
In actuality, between 1981-2005 men's teams per school dropped 17 percent while women's teams rose by 34 percent. The reason is this: the proportional participation clause in Title IX, upheld by Duncan's own department, states that if the number of female athletes is not "proportional" to the number of women enrolled at an institution then the school is technically "discriminating."
Ignorant or dishonest?
Duncan's ignorance -- or dishonesty -- about Title IX were additionally concerning because the AAUW and other feminist outlets would like to see Title IX-like legislation used to tackle disparities in academics, namely the "crisis" of women in math and science. In short, they want Congress to legislate parity in these disciplines, once again ignoring the real and important differences that exist between the genders. (Of course, this is always one-sided. I have yet to see the AAUW argue for more male English or Psychology majors. Nor have I seen any outrage about the shortage of male nurses.)
At some point, I hope feminists will begin to accept that men and women -- no matter how balanced the circumstances -- maintain different strengths and preferences. Because what is very clear is that legislation in the name of "gender equality" does not actually make men and women the same.
Plenty of good has come out of Title IX, right? Making sure there are equal opportunities and equitable budgeting were the intent.
What about the unintended consequences? We've seen plenty, haven't we?
Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle reminds us what it's done to Pennsylvania high school basketball here.
Oh, and before you send Gloria Allred after me, you should know: I don't dislike girls. I've raised two of them and have driven all over creation watching them play soccer, softball, field hockey and lacrosse.
I'm all for girls playing sports, and getting an equal shake at everything. I insist on it, in fact.
It's just sad that we've out-thought ourselves on this one and now suffer the unintended consequences.
They're dropping the football program in Grand Rapids. Read more here.
Scheduling difficulties, Title IX compliance problems and budget concerns were cited as reasons. The recent departure of head coach Tony Annese for NCAA Division II Ferris State was also said to be a factor, along with “significant personal obstacles faced by GRCC student-athletes.”
In early December, dozens of Grand Rapids players were evicted from off-campus housing because a landlord stated he failed to receive rent after claiming to reach a deal with the college’s football coaches. The school is not allowed to pay for student-athlete housing.
GRCC has been conducting an internal investigation into the issue. The landlord claimed that he was owed tens of thousands of dollars in back rent dating to September. Roughly 30-40 of the 70 players still living at those properties were left homeless overnight in early December.
Sounds like a real mess. Don't worry about the swimmers, though - GRCC no longer has a swim program.
Y'all love vacationing in the Big Bend, right? Never been? Hurry up and go!
Since Obumma's using it as collateral to secure bailout funding for MF Global, signage will probably end up being in Mandarin Chinese soon...
View pics from a New Yorker making the journey way out thatta way here. Other posts from the trip on her blog (scroll down past that California stuff) here.
Speaking of New York, if you're in "The City" on February 11, you can catch GWG at a USA Swimming Foundation fundraiser. Info is here and here.
Looking to save the men's running programs at UD? Take this job and get that athletic department's money situation squared away.
If you're planning to officiate at this year's UIL state meet, application is here. Pay this year is $75 daily. Should more than cover gas money if you live within a ten mile radius of Austin, right?
No, I have never suggested using that extra cash at TSO. Also, to those complaining that last year's officials were being paid by the relay DQ - shame on you!! Why y'all tryin' to start somethin'?
Into titles? The Houston Texans YMCA has just the position for you! They're looking for someone to fill "the position of Youth Development Director-Swim, Sports/Play and School-Age Enrichment". Info is here. Good luck fitting all that on your business card...
USA Swimming is in BIG trouble with Ben Franklin fans! In their 2012 Volume 1 email to members, the Quote of the week (That's right, they only work 1/7 as hard as yours truly!) was:
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better (wo)man. -- Benjamin Franklin
Really? Most think Ben's quote went more like this. Should it be up to me to keep an eye on those folks up in Colorado Springs? Where the heck was Splash-O-Truth when we needed them? Don't tell me they were nosing around in Knoxville...
ASCA is returning to Las Vegas. Everything you need to know to plan your trip to the 2012 World Clinic is here.
Don't expect any action from the MIAA on the issue of guys swimming in the Massachusetts girls' state meet. Read more here. That's right, they're forming another committee...
The Swim Committee embraced half of the debate by forming a subcommittee to study the mixed-gender issue. Said committee chairman Ray Grant of Seekonk, “It’s certainly not a new issue for this committee.’’
How do I think they'll fix the problem? How the heck should I know?!?! What do I look like, the danged Shell Answer Man?
Meet information changes for the Austin Grand Prix have been posted. View them here.
Note: Grand Prix finals will begin at 6:00 p.m. each evening!!!!
Time to revisit the MIAA girls' state swim meet. That's right - the one guys swam in. Read an update here.
This fall, eight girls’ swim teams carried male swimmers on their rosters and several boys qualified to compete in the girls’ state championships. In November, Will Higgins, a male swimmer from Norwood High, broke a meet record for the girls’ 50-yard freestyle event.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Swim Committee will convene for its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday. Among the topics to be discussed will be how to handle the sectional record set by Higgins.
“There will be a discussion of the boys setting records in girls’ swim tournaments on the agenda,’’ confirmed MIAA spokesman Paul Wetzel in an e-mail.
The MIAA swim committee was scheduled to meet today.
Half of one percent of the top twenty earners at UD would fund men's track:
On UD’s 2009 Federal Tax Return for the top 20 earners, the total for men is $6,640,427 and for women only a measly $666,307 for a grand total of $7,306,734. Just 0.5% of this is $36,533.67, UD reported operating costs for men’s outdoor track and field were only $35,589.