Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Anyway, we were having a discussion about this at the Castle today. We have schools where recess includes playing video games on Wiis and cup stacking. Kids don't know what "Kick the Can" is. Dodgeball is outlawed as is other competitive activities. Bean bag toss is viewed by some as a competitive pastime (what's wrong four square was too tough?) And this isn't isolated to physical activities - we've discussed similar issues with regards to science fairs, for instance. This may seem a bit conspiratorial or paranoid, but these "evolutions" of our society quite possibly has contributed to a reduction in the lack American drive to excel and achieve. We're slipping in our leadership position in math and science and we're on the edge of unraveling the best medical system in the world when measured by contributions to its advancement in recent times. Learning about winning and losing is a valuable life lesson and something our children should be exposed to and guided through.