In my last post, I went on a bit of a rant about how we are not helping kids when we reward mediocrity and punish success. And wouldn't you know it, I saw this story yesterday that is a shining example of just how screwed up we are in America (and especially in the public school system). Here's the video:
Boy Banned From Scoring Touchdowns
So, what is the school teaching the kids by enacting this rule? One, it teaches the kids who aren't as good as Demias that in life, instead of practicing and getting better, the government should punish the ones who are excelling so that we "level the playing field." This rule punishes excellence and rewards mediocrity.
And what does it say to Demias? It says, hey kid, you're doing too good. You shouldn't succeed so much. For a lot of kids, this would be a big de-motivator. In an effort to get more playing time (which is why kids play sports to begin with), many kids would get the message and lower themselves to mediocrity to please the powers that be. Luckily, Demias isn't listening. He knows that next year he can score as much as he wants, which will probably be a lot.
Sports teach kids a lot about life, and a lot about our wonderful free market system. It says (when it's not tampered with by bureaucrats) "practice hard, play well, and your efforts will be rewarded", and "don't put any effort in, don't try hard, and you will lose, and losing stinks." But instead, when the government run schools get involved, we see that the message is now, "Everyone be mediocre, that way no one's feelings get hurt." What a horrible message to send to this generation of kids.