Off To The Gold Mine And U.S. Prep Schools
So, I am told the Exodus is well underway. They, and I means lots of kids from the Greater Toronto Area, are off to the Promised Land.
Canadian kids, teenagers for the most part, are determined to make it to the NBA and other pro leagues. The easy way, they believe, is to go through prep schools in the United States. Might work for some, but not the close to 100 who have packed up and left town.
Many of these youngsters, and I am told the numbers are continuing to swell from the GTA, are vulnerable. They would buy swamp land in Florida, if it could get them to the big money and the pros.
The problem, one of them anyway, is that people are luring these kids with huge expectations and dreams of making it to the big leagues. Telling them that doing time in a prep school is a huge foot in the door to NCAA scholarships - big schools, small schools, you name it. Not sure if there is anything in it for those doing the smooth talking.
The message that is not getting through is that dozens of Canadian kids are also returning home. Yes, fed up with the emphasis on sport, the demands and expectations. Toss in home-sick and more. Education is falling behind. Heck, no U.S. school will offer up free tuition and board unless there is something huge in it for them. Sadly, not every Canadian going down is huge.
Leaving high school before graduation for the United States? Not a smart idea, in my opinion. Apparently, lots of Canadian educators think I'm right on. So, why aren't some of these kids understanding that they may be wasting time?
Well, they believe getting through the NCAA Clearing Center (formerly the Clearinghouse) to the big universities and colleges is easier. Some also believe the education is easier too.
Look, I wish everyone well - but I`m not so sure these young people will all be successful. From the research that I have read, and the educators who I have talked too about this topic, there are many doubts and serious concerns.
One thing for certain, good young athletes will be found. U.S. schools do recruit in Canada too. The easy way is not always the best, or the right, way.