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Reclaiming the Game


reviewed by Peter Slovenski — 2006

coverTitle: Reclaiming the Game
Author(s): William G. Bowen and Sarah A. Levin
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton
ISBN: 0691116202, Pages: 490, Year: 2003
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Reclaiming the Game should be required reading for college presidents and anyone else worried about the way professional sports ideology is oozing into all levels of college athletics.  The book by William Bowen and Sarah Levin follows up the important work of The Game of Life written by Bowen & James Shulman which shows how academically prestigious colleges and universities have allowed athletic ambition to undermine academic principles.  The Game of Life was intended to prove the existence of an academic–athletic divide and an athletic disorder; Reclaiming the Game is a prescription for the tough medicine it would take to cure them. Bowen and Levin have compiled an impressive lineup of quotations and charts that work together to support the authors’ conclusions about how to restore educational standards to college athletics.  Quotes from athletes and sports fans as diverse as former Secretary of State George Schultz and former president of the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1586-1588
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12189, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 11:25:15 PM

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  • Peter Slovenski
    Bowdoin College
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    PETER SLOVENSKI is the head coach of men’s and women’s track & field at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He is the author of the essay “Let’s Bring Back the Teacher-Coach” in the October 17, 2003, edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Along with two Bowdoin students, he wrote the book Old School America which summarizes principles of the World War II generation that should be restored in American culture.
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