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Old 01-13-2011, 01:06 PM   #52
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Originally Posted by hayabusa55 View Post
There's a lot fewer NFL players than doctors. I'm not sure I understand the argument you're making.

There's about 2500 NFL players in the US. About 650000 doctors. Which one do you think it's easier to become?
If you read the article it would have been clear to you that Chinese parents don't shy away from difficulty.
Besides, your numbers are meaningless without also mentioning how many people apply to NFL and how many apply to medical school.
If what you're implying is true (that getting in medical school is easier than getting in the NFL) why don't more black students aim for medical school?

If you must use odds as explanation, consider this analogy: say the odds at the race track are much better than the odds at the poker table.
If you're good with cards and reading people's reactions, should you go bet on horses?
In a sense it has to do with odd, but not absolute odds, it's about maximizing YOUR odds at success.
So, the blacks gravitate towards football, even though getting in medical school might be easier FOR YOU. Understandable choice?
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