Kristopher Taylor


To the editor:

I recently watched as news crews held live broadcasts at area high schools, covering assemblies designed around student athletes be announcing their intended colleges. These students each gave interviews, reciting the worn-out “I will be taking my talents to” line, while teachers and staff applauded, some even screaming with cheers and jeers.

In light of this ridiculous event that has become tradition among our public schools, I would just like to let people know that the Kansas City metropolitan area has eight students attending Ivy League institutions on scholarship next autumn. Two students will attend NYU for theater, one going to Milliken on scholarship, three to Simpson University on opera scholarships, two to USC for piano, one to Ohio State for cello performance, one to MIT for a full scholarship in physics, one to the University of Texas on a bio-engineering scholarship, one to BYU on a mechanical engineering scholarship, and one for a pre-med internship at the University of Wisconsin, and these are just the out-of-state scholarship recipients.

No, none of these students will play in a bowl game, or be famous for throwing a ball, but they will change this country and the world, through their art, their creativity, and their immeasurable passion for their fields. These students will pave the way to new frontiers for culture and technology, and our way of living.

As you watch these schools and our media put these athletes on a pedestal, beginning the process of entitlement and cultural separation, think about what we are putting value on – what we are claiming as worthy of special attention – what we are deeming so important, that even learning is pushed aside.

There is a growing problem in our society, and it is chipping away at the foundation of America – a discarding of innovation, exploration, creation, independence, integrity, respect. I would challenge us all to be a part of the solution, and cease from contributing to the problem.