I understood legacy -- I was likely teaching in prisons because my father had done it in my childhood. I remember he drove a car from the motor pool of the small southern university where he taught to a state prison two hours away to teach composition to inmates.
I'm not implying that intercollegiate athletics should be abolished, but limits on scholarships, spending on athletic programs, physical education staff salary and ancillary income could restore the appropriate balance.
To create lasting, positive impact in our communities, we need to challenge volunteers to become allies, creating deep understanding of systemic change needed while building relationships across socioeconomic divides and achieving results for families.
Higher education is a mature industry that is on the cusp of major transformations in the next two decades, and every college and university will need to prepare to maintain their quality, efficiency and relevancy in this climate.
Given the need for this shift in college students, digital learning presents both a danger and an opportunity. The danger of the digital world is that it closes students off from the shift that is required if students are to become serious learners.
The reason that Kwasi's success doesn't depend on which school he attends is because Kwasi has cracked the "big secret" that I hope to instill in every one of my students: ultimately, the power to succeed lies in you.
The real tragedy is the lost opportunity for colleges to help change for the better the trajectory of college athletes' academic careers, even for those who were passed through deficient middle and high schools.
I can't claim any credit for his final decision to attend a small liberal arts college, but I thought other parents who are facing a similar situation might like to see a shortened version of the letter I sent to my son more than twenty years ago.