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Motivation by the Numbers: 200,000

Do think writing a book would be hard? Imagine if the only part of your body you could move was one eyelid.

Impossible in Space

If you read the papers, you’ve probably seen a list of corrections. Most of them clear up errors made the previous day. Not many corrections, therefore, match the one offered by the New York Times in July of 1969. It referred to a story that appeared 49 years earlier. That story had declared “absurd” the […]

School shifts from NCAA to fitness

Amid the swamp of college athletics, we see a school that wants to live clean. Spelman College of Atlanta has decided to leave the NCAA and focus on fitness instead of competition. According to this article in the New York Times, Spelman joins the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn in leaving the […]

Great expectations

Abraham Lincoln said, “If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.” If you’re a leader of any kind — coach, teacher, boss — pay great attention to Lincoln’s words, because they are being confirmed by science. You tend to get what you expect. Intelligence, for example, seems to […]

Homework and Coaching

At first glance, you might not see much connection between school homework and gaining skill at a sport. But there’s one common theme: improvement. Coaches and teachers alike should constantly be searching for ways to help their student-athletes get better at what they do. In this article from the New York Times, the author argues […]

Structured Play

Now there is a coach for recess. There’s no more spontaneous running around, or skipping, or games of tag, or just looking at the sky. According to the New York Times, a growing number of schools are putting more structure into recess to “curb bullying and behavior problems, foster social skills and address concerns over […]

Could This Man Be You?

Yesterday’s New York Times ran an extraordinary piece on Seton Hall University Basketball Coach Bobby Gonzalez. Written by Kevin Armstrong and Pete Thamel, the article makes several points: — Gonzalez is the only coach in the history of the Big East Conference to be suspended for sideline behavior. — A longtime acquaintance says of Gonzalez, […]

Just Having Fun

A New York Times article just a few days ago offers a glimpse into why kids play sports. The simple answer: to have fun. This might shock some people, especially considering some of yesterday’s news. New Jersey’s top-ranked boys basketball team is facing expulsion over illegal practices, and a 13-year-old boy has committed to play […]

Do Sports Build Character?

Do sports build character or, as sports writer Heywood Broun said, simply reveal it? Some information suggests that the answer may be neither, and that character may be much more difficult to nail down. In his New York Times column today, David Brooks cites the book “Experiments in Ethics” by Anthony Appiah, which wonders if […]

Childhood Obesity

In this article from the New York Times, we learn that New York City, in an effort to limit the amount of fat and sugar eaten by students, has clamped down on school bake sales. This gets your attention on two levels. Not only do we hear another alarm about childhood obesity, but we also […]