It’s well known that college athletes get special treatment to maintain their academic eligibility, but the University of North Carolina has taken it to the next level by awarding an athlete an A- for his horribly written 146-word essay on Rosa Parks.
Fresh off their February scandal for allowing its athletes to enroll in fake courses for easy credit, the University of North Carolina (UNC) is back in the spotlight after a whistleblower unveiled a riveting Rosa Parks paper during an interview with ESPN.
Mary Willingham, the University of North Carolina whistleblower who spent a decade tutoring and advising UNC’s jocks, explained to ESPN that “academically challenged” UNC athletes were encouraged to sign up for “paper classes”—classes that involved no class work except for a single paper. These classes allowed UNC’s functionally illiterate football players to boost their GPAs, satisfying the NCAA’s eligibility requirements and allowing UNC to keep winning championships.
Willingham only revealed one essay, which was written (at a sixth grade level…) for an introductory class and received a grade of A-.
The paper, a summary called “Rosa Parks: My Story”, goes as follows:
“On the evening of December Rosa Parks decided that she was going to sit in the white people section on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time blacks had to give up there seats to whites when more whites got on the bus. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Her and the bus driver began to talk and the conversation went like this. “Let me have those front seats” said the driver. She didn’t get up and told the driver that she was tired of giving her seat to white people. “I’m going to have you arrested,” said the driver. “You may do that,” Rosa Parks responded. Two white policemen came in and Rosa Parks asked them “why do you all push us around?” The police officer replied and said “I don’t know, but the law is the law and you’re under arrest.”
Ok… maybe a fourth grade level. But considering Willingham says some students are reading at a second and third grade level, which is considered “illiterate” for an adult, a fourth grade isn’t bad! A well deserved A-!