Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
How seriously can you take an education if you're gone for parts of seven months of the school year, as this year's class has?
Between AAU, Under 17 World Championships, traveling teams, and a full high school schedule (including sending kids across the country), there's little chance they're in the classroom, is there?
Perhaps tutors are sent with the team. If so, that's even more cash spent on erstwhile amateur athletes.
I suppose my point is that we ARE the Greeks-- the only difference is that we dress it up a little and mouth the words of education to appease our dirty consciences.
Well 3 of the months they're gone they wouldn't be in school anyhow (during the summer). But yes, there are actually tutors sent with the Oak Hill team when they're traveling abroad during basketball season.
There was a thing a few years back on ESPN that went into Oak Hill for a typical week for those kids. It was no picnic. It takes a strong kid to survive that rigorous schedule.
But what you describe is happening with public schools too, not just Oak Hill. Training is becoming a year-round thing. I wouldn't single those schools out because they're really no different than many top public high school programs.