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Friday, July 09, 2010

Everyone's A Winner!

School Stickers, a provider of rewards for primary and secondary schools, surveyed 300 primary and secondary schools recently and found that approximately 200 of them engaged in the bizarre practice of rewarding all pupils on sports days (whether they won or not).

For why?

In order to ensure that nobody felt left out, and that "feelings" were not hurt.

Within the findings the survey also noted that 9% of schools wouldn't single out "winners" at all.

Through "kindness" these schools are destroying the children's chances of being able to develop into healthy, well balanced and mature adults.

Failure is character building!

I have failed many times over the years, at many things, but have picked myself up and got on with my life. Without learning how to cope with failure these children will grow into emotionally stunted adults.

Now you know one of the reasons why our national football team sucks!

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  1. The other reason our national footy team is so hopeless is that schools don't generally have after school practice any more (too much insurance/CRB hassle) and kids are strongly discouraged (by parents) from playing footy in the street or going off to the park to play.

    The end result is fairly predictable really - fat kids that can't play footy and expect to win at everything without trying.

  2. English football is shit.

    The team fails because is it more concerned with not losing than winning. Having Beckham in South Africa was just a joke. How he has managed to sustain his career when he always did his best to get sent off (either by injury or cards), when things were not going right is beyond me.

    And calling for Capello to be sacked is bizarre. Who do they think has a better CV than him?

    Emile Hesky is a clear exception. As soon as he came home from South Africa in disgrace, he redeemed himself by putting on a skirt and a wig and he then went on to win the ladies singles at Wimbledon.

    There seems to be little competitiveness in the UK now. Kids grow up with no concept of failure, and therefore no idea how to better themselves. You only have to see the reaction of the clearly untalented kids after they have been kicked off programmes like the X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. They have never before been told that they are crap.

    P.S. As far as international sporting events are concerned, I don’t think that having that horrible dirge of a National Anthem is too inspiring either.

  3. I heard a story of an American college professor who told his class that all members would, in future, receive a pass no matter what they wrote on their test pieces.
    The first test some people tried really hard, did their revision etc and got good marks, others did nothing but still passed.
    As time went on, so nobody did anything as they knew they had already passed. This is what will happen if everyone recieves rewards for PC reasons.
    We have created a generation of people that cannot handle a "No;" we see people crying on TV because they can't do or have what they wanted.....Silly cultural marxists policies such as the one Ken describes will destroy our nation in time.

    Regarding the Inn-Ger-Lund football team; I am not a fan of international football but have been known in the past to get emotional about club football.....I am a West Ham Fan having been born there, in the 1960s we were great; FA cup 1964, European Cup(Fairs) 1965 and West Ham players won the world cup in 1966....Since then, well, all we have done is blow bubbles;-)

    We have too many cheap imported players playing in our leagues and this is because we are n9olonger serious about team sports in schools.....If you compare English players with those of other nations, one big difference is clear; our players look uncomfortable with the ball.....I suspect this is because they did not practice freely as young kids.

  4. microdave12:27 PM

    "I have failed many times over the years"

    Ha!! I only have two faults - everything I say, and everything I do...

  5. Lord of Atlantis2:11 PM

    Better to 'hurt a few feelings' while they are young and can learn from the experience, no matter how unpleasant it seems at the time, than wait until they've grown into 'adults' with no concept of success or failure thanks to elf'n'safety and this pc nonsense! Like you, Ken, I have failed at things many times, but after the initial disappointment simply got on with things.

  6. The ancient Greeks had the right idea.

    In the original Olympics, long before the days of synchronized swimming and BMX bike riding, there was no such thing as second place. There were no silver or bronze medals. To the victor went the spoils, and everyone else had to go home, probably with bits of rotten tomato stuck in their hair, where they would be treated as outcasts, even by their own families.

    Quite right too. There was no recognition of ‘personal best’, ‘season’s best’ or ‘national records’.
    What is the point of a silver medal in fencing? What that means is that if you were doing the sport for real, you would actually be dead.

    And they all had to compete naked, which would obviously make the more tedious sports like women’s volleyball more interesting as well as add some amusement value to the ladies shot-put and discus.

    Bring back those glory days!

  7. Uncle John5:11 PM

    We must be really-truly in Alice's Wonderland - and only 145 years after Lewis Caroll innebted it!

    This is the description of the "Caucus Race"
    First [the Dodo] marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle, (`the exact shape doesn't matter,' it said,) and then all the party were placed along the course, here and there. There was no `One, two, three, and away,' but they began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over. However, when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called out `The race is over!' and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking, `But who has won?'

    This question the Dodo could not answer without a great deal of thought, and it sat for a long time with one finger pressed upon its forehead (the position in which you usually see Shakespeare, in the pictures of him), while the rest waited in silence. At last the Dodo said, `EVERYBODY has won, and all must have prizes.'

  8. Gary said:

    "Emile Hesky is a clear exception. As soon as he came home from South Africa in disgrace, he redeemed himself by putting on a skirt and a wig and he then went on to win the ladies singles at Wimbledon."

    I don't even know who Emile Hesky is, but laughed anyway. Well done.

  9. I absolutely, 100% concur, Ken. The country is run by idiots, and in every area possible, the inbuilt, human fight is being utterly stifled out of UK folks - and we're not alone, of course. What is left is a society of feckless babies that can't fend for themselves.

    Keep it up, Ken!

  10. Anonymous10:30 AM

    Well, I am a stock car racer and I will happily take a trophy for 2nd or 3rd it's a place and it shows you have the guts to go for the top spot.

  11. As Samuel Beckett said

    "Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better"