One of the great things about sports from the point of view of Americans is that it teaches kids the value of the competitive spirit that drives excellence. The great thing from the point of view of moonbats is that it allows authorities to crush the competitive spirit so that children may learn that winners are oppressors and losers are righteous victims of insensitivity, in accordance with liberal ideology. In Lawrenceville, Georgia, this lesson came at a price of $500:
Parents of Lawrenceville Black Knights players told CBS46 News their team was fined after one of their players scored a touchdown violating the league’s mercy rule.
The Black Knights were beating Collins Hill 32-0 in the fourth quarter when they got carried away after an interception and scored one touchdown too many.
That touchdown passed the 33-point rule and cost the coach a weeklong suspension and the team $500.
According to the mother of Elijah Burrell, the evildoer who ran back the interception, the Black Knights even tried to let the other team score on the next play, but apparently Collins Hill wasn’t in the mood to score charity points. The gesture was not enough to placate the local kiddie version of NFL bureaucrats, who denounced Lawrenceville for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Top Right News puts this story into the bigger picture:
Parents used to roll their eyes or laugh when they saw their child receive a “participation trophy” for a school competition they lost.
But it is no laughing matter. Over time, Progressive school administrators have destroyed the concept of friendly competition in our schools: degrading the achievements of winners and nullifying the important lessons of losing.
“Everyone’s a winner!” our kids are told. It’s the academic version of Marxist “collectivism”. …
[T]his is what happens when far-left ideology is permitted to take hold. It crushes the spirits of children. At first. Then slowly they come to expect that excelling at something should not be their goal, but rather the fulfillment of the “community”. They start to feel guilty for being exceptional at something, like it is almost a crime.
This drives down the ambitions of the young. Why try harder if you will only be punished for scoring “too many” points, for making “too much” money? Progressives tell our children it’s simply “not fair” for them to have more, or be better than the next child.
Some principles are so basic, you would almost need a PhD in liberal chin-pulling to even think to contest them. Winning is good. Losing is bad. Teaching kids otherwise will not help them succeed.
On a tip from G. Fox.