The problems in the schools has to do with the parents and students and nothing to do with religious affliation.
This morning, I attended a breakfast meeting and the speaker is a headcoach(manager) of a successful college baseball program.
He started out talking about how the ethnic profile of America’s Game has changed and that within 5 years, the majority of MLB players would be foreign born. He cited the USA with 300 million population compared to the Dominican Republic with a population of 9 million. Yet, 28% of the players in MLB are from the Dominican Republic.
He told the story of attending a 12-13 year old baseball league game. He witnessed a father rolling his son’s bat bag while the son walked behind him text messaging someone. The kid had a $300. Baseball bat, $200 glove, and an expensive pair of batter’s gloves and his bat bag had wheels!
The problem as the college coach saw this is that our kids today can not handle failure. Instead of learning from failure, our kids are so weak-minded that they just quit when they don’t hit homeruns with that $300. bat. As parents we pamper our kids, protect them from failure and promote the, “everyone wins, no one is a loser” mentality. Rather than having our children learn from failure and mature from its lessons.
Whereas, the kids aspiring to play baseball in the Dominican Republic play because they want to play for the sake of the game! They play with whatever bats and gloves they can find! No one is there picking their asses off the ground when they fail. They learn to work through the rough spots in life and are willing to do what it takes to succeed!