When I was in grade school, I remember going to birthday parties at the local bowling alley. Before the games would begin, the workers would install bumpers inside the gutters in order to prevent gutter balls and avoid "failure." When I was growing up, it was common for sports teams to award trophies to all the players so no little kid would have his or her feelings hurt at the end of the season. Today, there are school districts which no longer give out "F'" grades, and hundreds of high schools have removed class ranks so that my generation will feel...
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I thought it was only in Britain and Europe where we had this sort of nonsense. I am sorry to hear it has crossed the Atlantic. Our primary schools have annual Sports Days (athletics). The current trend is for ALL the children to be told they have won. There must be no losers. They all get prizes. Of course, if there are no losers, there are also no winners. In this sense it is consistent with the liberal doctrine of "Equality of outcome". The only trouble is that no one has told the chinese there mustn't be any winners. And people wonder why private schools, which educate only 5% of all children, produce most Olympic athletes and provide 80 or 90% of students to Oxford and Cambridge.
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