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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tennessee Waltz

What the heck is going on in our schools?!

Today’s New York Daily News features a front-page story about two James Madison High School teachers who were allegedly “caught ‘undressed’ in an empty classroom”. While their students watched a talent show in the auditorium, the two women—that’s right, two women—allegedly performed their own talent show . . . that is until the janitor reportedly walked in on them.

Not to be outdone, the New York Times today reports that “the N.C.A.A. is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into the University of Tennessee’s football recruiting practices.” The investigation apparently focuses on Tennessee’s recruiting hostesses—female students who “encourage” high schools seniors, especially sought-after athletes, to enroll at the Knoxville university. The Times mentions one example in which “hostesses traveled nearly 200 miles to attend a high school game in South Carolina in which at least three Tennessee recruits were playing.” The university has refused to comment on the investigation. Some claim that the hostesses are acting on their own without the sanction of the university. That’s possible. But it seems unlikely that these young women would go to the measures mentioned in the article without receiving encouragement from somewhere. Could someone in the university’s administration be “pimping out” these girls to lure big time sports recruits? Are these hostesses teaching recruits a modern version of the Tennessee Waltz?

With stories like these it’s no wonder more people want to home school their children.

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