After hearing about this Rhode Island high school football team forfeiting their game because the headmaster says the other team has much bigger players, I'm really starting to believe that we're raising a bunch of softies.
To be honest, I've been thinking this for quite a while now. More and more things are being changed as to not make kids feel badly. Not only do these things not make them feel badly, but a lot of these things do not hold them accountable for their actions. Some counties won't let teachers use red pens to grade homework. Some won't allow teachers to write the names of the children misbehaving on the board. Others won't allow honor roll lists and other lists which may exclude children (e.g. those who did/didn't make the school play) to be posted in a visible spot. There are many counties who have completely done away with the A+ (but left the B+, C+, D+) in addition to lowering the standards of the grading scale. There's even some school districts doing away with having a valedictorian, class rankings and weighted credits. I could go on, but I'm sure you get the picture.
The problem I have with all of this is the fact that the schools are coddling children. They're not allowing them to experience real life. You don't always win. Sometimes you just don't make the cut. When you work hard, you get rewarded for that hard work. When you don't work hard, you don't get the same outcome as others who do work hard. That's just the way it is...or should be.
In my opinion, there needs to be a higher standard. There needs to be consequences for their actions. Children need to have levels of achievement. They need to fail sometimes. A valuable lesson is taught to children when they don't get their desired outcome. Not allowing children to even experience those lessons teaches them that they don't have to try and is a huge disservice.
Imagine if it's always been that way....would there be a Bill Gates? Oprah Winfrey? Albert Einstein? Jerry Rice? Blaise Pascal? P-Diddy? Or any achievers for that matter?
Deep Throat of the Day: Let the team play!