A University of North Carolina academic counselor is facing death threats and skepticism from her administration after releasing research showing between 8% and 10% of the school’s football and basketball players read below a third-grade level, according to BuzzFeed.com.
In a CNN story last week about her research, Mary Willingham said she knew of a former UNC basketball player who was unable to read or write. “And then she found he was not an anomaly,” the report said. “Soon, she’d meet a student-athlete who couldn’t read multisyllabic words.”
UNC released a written statement saying it didn’t believe Willingham’s story and that it wasn’t able to corroborate her research, BuzzFeed reports.
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