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SIMON: Last week I shared some thoughts on the evolving definition of diversity and how it might be reflected on the U.S. Supreme Court.
A: Last week, we spoke with Bruce Weber, men's basketball coach at the University of Illinois, about child athletes being recruited by college programs at younger and younger ages.
BRUCE WEBER: These kids are young and they're still kids. And, you know, if you put so much pressure on the young men or young ladies, I think it's going to backfire in the long run.
SIMON: Coach Weber extolled playing basketball for the love of the game. Colleges extol the love of learning. With increased competition, I doubt that the love of either will endure as a youth's main motivation.
SIMON: I was a child prodigy who was advanced to older age groups when I dominated my own, but I know had I not been advanced I would have quit out of boredom. It was the challenge of a goal that excited me and kept me engaged. Without it my interest would've withered. While I agree many children are pushed too hard too young, an opportunity should still be available for those that can thrive on it.
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