Should student athletes be paid?

Since the formation of the NCAA in 1910, college athletics have become increasingly popular and prevalent in American culture. Student athletes compete at a highly competitive level, are heavily recruited, and generate large sums of money for their universities every year. In recent years, many have criticized the NCAA's policies on student athletes by advocating for student athletes to be paid as compensation for the benefits they help bring to their schools.

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March Madness Tips Off With Renewed Debate on Student-Athlete Compensation

Additional resources to think about

Money and March Madness 
This curriculum from Annenberg Learner Essential Lens collection compiles photographs and facts into a story of protests from the 1960s and how student uprisings changed history.

Paying college athletes won’t solve the big problem with US college sports
A journalist writes an argument on why paying college athletes isn't worth the cost. 

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Who created this message?

  • What kind of “text” is it?
  • How similar or different is it to others of the same genre?
  • What are the various elements (building blocks) that make up the whole?

 

What creative techniques are used to attract my attention?

  • What do you notice (about the way the message is constructed)?
  • What’s the emotional appeal?
  • What makes it seem “real?”
  • Are there any symbols? Persuasive devices used?

How might different people understand this message differently from me?

  • How many other interpretations could there be?
  • How could we hear about them?
  • How can you explain the different responses?

What lifestyles, values, and points of view are represented in, or omitted from, this message?

  • What type of person is the reader/watcher/listener invited to identify with?
  • What ideas or perspectives are left out?
  • How would you find what’s missing?
  • What judgments or statements are made about how we treat other people?

 

Why is this message being sent?

  • What's being sold in this message? What's being told? 
  • Who is served by or  benefits from the message
    – the public?
    – private interests?
    – individuals?
    – institutions?

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