Recommended reading: Marc Levinson's "An Extraordinary Time - The End of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy" or my title: Why leaders try variations of the same thing and wonder why it fails every time. Link to Barnes and Nobel book store.

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Football Education and the George Patton Award

How to make more use of college football

General George Patton, a West Point graduate, "played" on the football team although he never played a down in a game. The General George Patton award is not about playing, rather learning how football players learn the skills to give back to their original communities.

  • College football players, especially "minorities" not only do not graduate they additionally do not have skills, which I want them to learn, to become leaders in their communities
  • I propose a new major called "leadership for football players"
  • This may not be the most intellectual major, yet would be good for the futures of many of the players
  • While it may take more than 4 years to complete the major, schools should budget for all football players to finish if they want to
  • The students would be paid for summer work if they go back to their communities and participate in a very specific program
  • Every year each time would hand out a George Patton award for the player with the best leadership skills whether they actually played in games. Maybe 2nd and 3rd place awards too.
  • Particpants need to spend 10 years helping their communities, even they move out as they move up the income scale.