Student Athletes and Their Education

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Student Athletes and Their Education

In this essay "Athletes and Education" by Neil H. Petrie, he shows how student athlete’s education can be neglected or even overlooked. Genre and writer would be related by Petrie being an English professor and how this inspired him to write the essay. By being a university professor he was able to see how the athletes were treated among the university. The ethos would be that he is an English professor of student athletes.

The occasion and the purpose are connected because Petrie was a professor to some of the college athletes and how the athletic department wanted progress reports from the different academic departments. Petrie states “the athletic department might actually be more concerned with athletes’ eligibility that with their academic work” (36). It may seem as though the coaches or athletic department would prefer the students focus on the team and the sport at which they play. Part of the purpose of the essay is described when Petrie states “colleges give student athletes preferential treatment” (37). This could also be part of his occasion for writing the essay. The story about a student that left college to play pro ball and then later came back to college. When Petrie and the student reviewed his transcripts he still had three years before he could get a degree only because the first go round he was focused more on playing ball than the academic work.

the audience in the esay is perceived.. The audience can be pointed out when Petrie states “that the academic side of his college experience had been completely neglected by coaches, advisors, and of coarse, John himself” (37). The audience for the essay would be college professors, potential student athletes, and parents of student athletes. During his time as a student, then Professor, Petrie says “he has seen many variations in the role of intercollegiate athletics in the university” (35). The context of the essay is related to the audience by all the...
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