There has been an ongoing debate on whether or not athletes should be considered role models. A main trigger to this debate was when Charles Berkley said, “I am not a role model. Parents should be role models. Just because I can dunk a basketball, doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” when he took part in a Nike campaign back in 1993 (Dobie, 1).
Should athletes be good role models? Athletes should be good role models because kids look up to them and admire them, kids might hear that they do drugs and they want to try it, or they will see them commit a crime and they will try it. Athletes should be a good role model because some kids admire athletes. As an example, I know when I was about 10 years old, my role model was Ray Rice (Ex-running back of the Baltimore Ravens). He was a great NFL player.
There are many different types of shows and cartoons that we watch in our daily lives. Fighting in Cartoons causes some kids to have violent nature. As kids we absorb information much more early, that why as kids we put things in our mouths to experiment. Fighting in cartoons causes violent in our kids an example of these cartoons is Pokémon. From the cartoons we begin idolize the character and want to become more like them an example of a cartoon is SpongeBob because SpongeBob has been running for years and there’s bound to be some kids that idolize and want to be more like SpongeBob.
In today’s society, entertainers and professional athletes earn millions of dollars per year, while other professionals who provide essential services, such as teachers and nurses, make a much lower salary. I think this is extremely unfair because certain professionals, like teachers, have so much to offer the world, while entertainers and pro athletes simply provide a source of entertainment. It is absolutely absurd to think that the lowest paid NFL player is still making more than most highly educated doctors. In my opinion, one should be paid according to the job’s economic importance and their value to society. Teaching is one of the most important jobs because our economy relies on the education of its youth, yet teachers are paid less than the average professional athlete is.
“Think for a moment about the different roles that you fulfill in your own life, it could be that of a runner, a cyclist, a mother, a father, a coach, a brother, a wife, a teacher and so on” (Symes). Throughout life, a person takes on many roles. Some roles, such as a daughter, or friend, or brother, will stick with a person forever. However there are some roles, such as a coach, or an athlete, that come and go. Many athletes tend to announce their role with a sense of ownership.
Part of modern day hegemonic masculinity is sports. Some men are the athletes and some are game statisticians, knowing the numbers and the athlete just to fit in. Sports have been all about what makes a man, since the beginning of my own life I have been a part of hegemonic masculinity through sports. Elementary school sports was where it all started, being part of a massive football school where polarity didn't spawn from who was the most approachable but who could catch, throw, hit, and run the best from an early age. The next step up is High School sports, the ideals of popularity stuck from the early age fourth grade all through out my public schooling.
More or Less Do you think athletes and entertainers get paid too much? I do not think that athletes and entertainers get paid too much because if they get more money, they will work more harder and inspire more young adults. Athletes should get paid more so that they can be a role model, a parent, and a helper to many people. First off, athletes and entertainers can become role models to kids, and even adults! Athletes work hard, not only for themselves, but for everyone that looks up to them.
It’s true how many adults say that kids are easily impressionable and take lead from parents, guardians, or others around them. What kids are taught from a young age can shape how they view the world, act, respond, and even live. Surprisingly, giving a kid a participation trophy in sports is one of those things that many debates about because giving one to them will depend on how their life is shaped and what lessons they are taught. Not giving a kid a participation trophy in sports is more beneficial in teaching them the lessons of proper effort and winning or losing. It also shows how diminishing hard work which can lead to negative outcomes.
A Response to “Do Professional Athletes Get Paid Too Much Money?” The thesis of this article is that professional athletes make way too much money for simply entertaining the public. Men and women in the military, who get paid very little, sacrifice their lives everyday and never know if they will get to see their families again, while professional athletes get paid substantially more to throw a ball in a hoop. Some athletes also take drugs or steroids, which is an awful example to teach our children, which could be the professional athletes of the future.
Competitive Argument Essay Brady Hurst: (5 Pieces of Evidence) Subtopic: High Impact Sports have a Higher Injury Rate Injuries. They happen to all of us and yet you don’t think it but, sometimes the things that hurt us aren’t even from car crashes and accidents. It’s from the choices we make by joining competitive sports.