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What if the NFL played by teachers rules?

Fran Tarkenton (you remember him from the Vikes) is now a successful businessman and consultant to other businesses. He likens current “government” schools to what would happen if the NFL ran their business they way our schools are run.

“Imagine the NFL in an alternative reality. Each player’s salary is based on how long he’s been in the league. It’s about tenure, not talent. The same scale is used for every player, no matter whether he’s an all-pro quarterback or the worst player on the roster. For every year the player’s been in the NFL he gets a bump in pay. The only difference between Tom Brady and the worst player in the league is a few years of step increases in pay. And if a player makes it through his third season, he can never be cut from the roster.

“Let’s face the truth about this alternative reality. The on-field product of the NFL would steadily decline. Why bother playing harder and risk getting hurt? The only way to ‘make it better’ is to throw more money at the situation — bigger stadiums, bigger salaries, and none of that would work. There’s no incentive.

“If you haven’t figured it out yet, the NFL in this alternative reality is the real-life American education system. Teachers’ salaries have no relation to whether teachers are actually good at their jobs – excellence in not rewarded. Pay is determined solely by how many years you’re been teaching. And if you criticize the system, you’re demonized for hating teachers and not believing in our nation’s children.”

Good analogy, and thank goodness the teachers’ union hasn’t infiltrated the NFL.

Art Becker


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