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Should children look to athletes to serve as role models?

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1Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

The creation and worship of false idols leads nowhere but downhill. Everyone is gifted and special in our unique ways. No Super Bowl MVP or Cy Young winner has anything on my family, co-workers or neighbors. The best character-builders/role models are parents.

I know I went to school in Youngstown, but isn't there an "s" in yes?

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2JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

I'm sure they'll change the "Ye" to "Yes" eventually...it’s only been like 18 hours since it was first pointed out.

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3andersonathan(683 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Lets see Kobe, Tiger, Vick, Bonds in a long list of "tarnished" athletes. Then you have the cult leaders in Gore, Obama so why don't we stick to teaching kids right from wrong and try morals and values.

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4alpheusiam(64 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Athleticism, success, wealth, notoriety, politics,social do-gooding, talent, artistry, winning, publicity, prince or princess, and sponsorships are not the stuff role models are made of, they are the stuff media makes role models of and almost always yield disappointment for the blind who follow and unfortunately even the most discerning of us are deceived by the likes of lions and Tigers and bears. Role models are made of hard work, sincerity, responsibility, respect, rules, dependability, kindness, tough love, and character, they err on the side of caution, they are kind but not suckers and die quiet anonymous deaths and leave good citizen children or students or leaders behind to do the same. By the way Mao killed millions of innocents, not my kind of philosophical role model or favorite winning athlete either.

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5alpheusiam(64 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

And when you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao,
You ain't going to make it with anyone, anyhow!
Lennon and McCartney

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6neohio1965(2 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

There must be better role models than overpaid athletes and other celebrities who get too big a piece of a dwindling pie - while millions in the US can't find work or decent shelter. Kids are very impressionable and it's no wonder the values and morals are so out of wack given all the influences of celebrities (sport and otherwise), certain music, television, video games, etc. I grew up fairly lower middle class having moved to NE Ohio in 1971 as a young kid. From that old industrial hard working background we learned manners and respect, and to appreciate the basic needs and not the endless material quest that helped lead us to this economic disaster. I am moderate to liberal in my views, but I still believe in "spare the rod-spoil the child". Kids have to learn discipline, but it needs to be done with genuine love - and grounding in reality. How many kids can become pro athletes? I was the kid that got picked on in gym class - so maybe I'm not the best one to say. Physical exercise is critical and sports can be fun - but not when it comes with bullying and competition that some people say you have to be to become a man. That's a bunch of bull. If I had kids, I'd just want them to keep God in their heart and these words in mind at all times: "let me help."

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7Newshound(2 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

No....definitely not any longer. Since the beginning of problems with Mike Tyson, continually many high-profile sports figures, in all venues, have become less than honorable figures: OJ, Kobe and a long list of other's; now it is Tiger Woods. There is no such thing as 'high standards' in sports any longer. How unfortunate!

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