Saturday, August 11, 2007

GREAT letter to the editor about Powe in Clarion-Ledger

"As the former publisher of I've been as involved in Ole Miss athletics as one can be without drawing a paycheck from the University. Now that I'm on the outside, I'm so glad I'm no longer there. Watching the event unfold has been sickening and I'm thankful I'm not there to have to cover it as part of my job.
People have completely lost sight of what's important here.
It's a game, they are all games...played by young men
The sad truth is were the majority of 'fans' of Jerrell Powe to see him in a dark alley in Oxford, Waynesboro or Jackson they would put their hand on their wallet and move to the other side of the street. .........
So Jerrell Powe, in the last three years, has attended Waynesboro High School, Christ Missionary and Industrial College High School, and Hargrave Military Academy all the while taking classes via the Internet through BYU and a school called Penn Foster High School.
Five schools and he can't gain eligibility.
Why not champion a cause that makes sure it never happens again? Rather than holding Khayat accountable, what about the Mississippi public schools, his parents, his high school coach, or his guidance counselor? They're the ones who have truly failed Jerrell Powe. He was allowed to float by for 13 years without anyone so much as raising a finger to help his learning disability.
And the only reason we're aware of it is because of his abilities as a football player. How sad is that?
For every Powe there are 100 unnamed children who aren't in college now and working some minimum wage job because their education system failed them.............."

Its nice to see someone take this approach. I think Powe has been failed by everyone in his life. His idiot mother told the Clarion-Ledger last year in a story that she was unaware that he didn't know how to read (He was diagnosed with dyslexia.). Yeah, I cannot imagine any halfway decent parent being ignorant of the fact that her 17-year old son could not read. Where has she been all these years? He was failed by the teachers who were passing him along and should have been screaming about his illiteracy.

Mr. Powe should go to a community college where he can improve his ability to read and write. At this point, the goal should be to help this kid become a functioning member of society who will have a decent chance of providing for himself instead of barely surviving as an illiterate adult. However, everyone seems to be more interested in his playing football than being able to actually survive in life.


Cliffnotes from the Classroom said...

When I first read this I was completely oblivious as to what had happened, but after reading your comment following the article, I now understand. All I can say is you're right. It is sad that, #1, this kid's mom didn't even know he had a reading problem. I'm sorry, but someone beside the school system was negligent here. Yes, schools are lacking quite considerably in adequately diagnosing and treating reading/learning disabilities, but some responsibility does have to fall back on the parents. The schools can only do so much. Had this mom refused help? Had help ever been offered? Overall, it is a sad situation, but there are many people to blame!

Kingfish said...

Thanks. Now that you are back in the classroom, can't wait for the war stories.

Cliffnotes from the Classroom said...

Don't worry; it's not going to take long!!! I can ASURE YOU!!!!

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