Dear Mrs. Doherty Unleashed,
I recently volunteered at my son’s field day and I was totally disgusted. What happened to the best competition in elementary school? Things are different now. It’s depressing. There are no winners, no losers, no ribbons. All the kids run around aimlessly putting 50% effort into whatever event they are assigned. There is no enthusiasm or passion. When I think about it, their lack of excitement actually makes sense. Why would they exert themselves when they are ALL called winners in the end? What are we teaching our kids? I’d love to hear your opinion on the subject.
Thanks so much,
Bring back the ribbons
Dear Bring Back the Ribbons,
Wow! I couldn’t agree with you more. Competition is healthy. It challenges us to take risks. Everybody has strengths and weaknesses. Maybe you are musician but terrible at math. Maybe you are an artist but you have no clue how to kick a soccer ball. Perhaps you are annoying as shit but you have a keen ability to bring a boring party to life. Whatever. The point is, everybody has their moment to shine and the sooner kids learn this, the better. Learning how to lose gracefully is an important life skill that builds character. It starts with field day. Yes indeed. I agree, we need to bring back the ribbons.
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