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Julianne Malveaux: We Get Olympic Excellence But Educational Mediocrity

by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

The Olympic games are a celebration of excellence and athleticism.  Whether we are cheering the Williams sisters in their gold medal-winning doubles match, or Serena with her gold, or the graceful Gabby Douglass in flight, or some of the many others, we are cheering their excellence, their indomitable spirits, their drive.   We are also acknowledging the tens of thousands of hours that they must have put into practice.  Even as we cheer, there are lessons for each of us, both individually and in a social policy context.

We’ve all heard, time and time again, “get out there and do it”, or “just do it” or “I worked hard for this”.  Often the difference between a gold and silver winner is the one was hungrier, wanted the gold more intensely, and worked harder than the other.

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