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Deconstructing Miss Dixie

Educating for the Planetary Community

College-football season has begun again in the South.  Here in Alabama, football is more like a religion than a sport.  Having both attended and taught at The University of Alabama from the 1970’s through the 1990’s, I was at ground zero of college-football fanaticism, and I must confess that I still like the excitement.

But there is a price to pay for elevating a mere game to such high places.  People tend to lose sight of what is really important.  It is not only the current student body and alumni who are prone to losing all sense of perspective on life from the opening game in early September through the bowl games in late December and early January, but the “sidewalk alumni” (those who didn’t attend the university) as well.  When these groups are combined in the Southern states (especially those that have Southeastern Conference football teams), the result is a massive fan base that provides unquestioning loyalty and support to their respective schools.

Many, if not most, of these college-football fans in the South are conservative and traditionalist.  If they really knew what the universities they support with their money and presence at football games were teaching in the classrooms, they would be shocked.  While Mama and Daddy cheer on the team on football Saturdays, little Bubba and Betty Sue are being taught Monday through Friday by leftist professors to adopt the dubious...

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