by Kung Fu Zu
While watching the evening news yesterday, I saw two stories which encapsulated a major divide in America today. Both stories dealt with football in North Texas.
The first story was about a weekend high school football game in which the one team (Aledo) beat their opponents (Western Hills) something like 90-0. This enraged a parent of one of the Western Hills players who officially complained of “bullying.” Now losing a football game 90-0 is certainly embarrassing. It could be considered humiliating. It was certainly a shellacking. But “bullying”?[pullquote]Parents had determined that after receiving awards for simply showing up, young players had come to have unrealistic expectations of getting something for nothing. Furthermore these children had developed a false sense of accomplishment.[/pullquote]
Unfortunately, in the state of Texas, any such complaint must be acknowledged and then investigated by the school involved. As a result, public time and money will be spent on an inane complaint, which no “adult” would have taken seriously in the first place.
The second story was about a private football league, which appears to be run along the same line as the Pop Warner league. After many years of presenting trophies to all participants, this league has decided that from today forward, trophies will be awarded only to teams which actually win their divisions. They may make an exception for preschoolers.
During the TV interviews with those involved with this decision, the coaches who spoke said they had decided that they needed to teach their children true life lessons, such as the need for constant effort in order to succeed. Parents had determined that after receiving awards for simply showing up, young players had come to have unrealistic expectations of getting something for nothing. Furthermore these children had developed a false sense of accomplishment.
After seeing both reports, it came to me that I had just seen in these stories a perfect example of present day America.
On the one hand, there is a pansy father who, instead of telling his son, that if he doesn’t want to get his butt kicked like that, then he needs to reach down inside and bring out his best effort. The father should also have probably said that sometimes life isn’t particularly “fair” and a person can still lose, even given his best efforts.
On the other hand, there is a group of concerned parents who are actively involved in their children’s lives, who have determined they have been coddling their offspring and creating a false picture of the world. Instead of bemoaning the situation, they have taken action and decided they will no longer buy into the false notion that children are fragile and must be manipulated by the dishonest meme that “you are all special” and that it is not important how hard one tries or what talent one has. You will all get rewarded.
I only hope the second story is the way things are drifting. And I can close on this encouraging note. The students at Western Hills were asked if their team had been bullied and everyone said something like, “No, we just got our butts kicked. Aleto beats everyone by at least 69-70 points.” So, at least the yutes at Western Hills have not bought into the victimhood motif, at least as regards football. • (1557 views)