Tak­ing col­lege kids to China

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “UCLA play­ers await fate in China,” Nov. 11

UCLA de­serves a large mea­sure of blame for the ar­rest of three of its bas­ket­ball play­ers in China for al­legedly shoplift­ing in a Louis Vuit­ton store.

He may be able to slam­dunk a bas­ket­ball, but what is a 17-year-old boy like Jalen Hill do­ing wan­der­ing around Hangzhou, a teem­ing city of 9 mil­lion peo­ple, ap­par­ently with in­suf­fi­cient adult su­per­vi­sion? And all to play a game against Ge­or­gia Tech in Shang­hai?

This is just an­other ex­am­ple of how our sports-and-money-crazed uni­ver­si­ties, sup­pos­edly tem­ples of learn­ing, ex­ploit stu­dent ath­letes, cor­rupt the in­sti­tu­tions’ mis­sion and de­mean our cul­ture. Al Ram­rus

Pa­cific Pal­isades

The ar­rest of three UCLA bas­ket­ball play­ers in China got me think­ing: It’s al­most laugh­able when Amer­i­can teenagers ex­pe­ri­ence an­other cul­ture in which bad be­hav­ior has con­se­quences.

Amer­i­can teenagers learn that there are few if any con­se­quences for bad be­hav­ior. Ask any school prin­ci­pal — it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to sus­pend a stu­dent for bad be­hav­ior.

It must be quite an ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence to learn that not all cul­tures are the same. David Wal­dowski

La­guna Woods

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