Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Teaching The Wrong Lessons

How does the left insinuate its fantasy belief system into our children. It is exposure to a thousand little "lessons" like the following:

In yet another nod to the protection of fledgling self-esteem, an Ottawa children’s soccer league has introduced a rule that says any team that wins a game by more than five points will lose by default.

The Gloucester Dragons Recreational Soccer league’s newly implemented edict is intended to dissuade a runaway game in favour of sportsmanship. . . .

Sportsmanship? Sportsmanship has everything to do with playing fairly and on a level playing field and absolutely nothing to do with "self esteem" issues. This new rule isin't remotely related to sportsmanship.

This is not teaching the kids the simple reality that if you want to win, you need to work at getting better individually and as a team. It is not teaching that hard work has positive ramifications and rewards - indeed, it seems that this rule is a peverse condemnation of that reality. Nor does the rule teach the reality that failure to improve oneself in a chosen field of endeavour comes with its own ramifications and penalties.

So what are the people who promulgated this rule actually aiming for if "sportsmanship" is a misdirection?

. . . Mr. Cale said the league’s 12-person board of directors . . . are simply trying to make [the game] fair.

And there you have it. The left wing nut jobs who came up with this new rule define "fair" as equality of outcome. And when equality of outcome becomes the predominant value, then all the life lessons that organized athletics and competition have traditionally taught fall by the wayside. What is left in its wake is a left wing fantasy that is the antithesis of the concept of western freedom, since the simple reality of soccer - and of life - is that equality of outcome can only occur when it is imposed by above. And that comes with many ramifications indeed.


Anonymous said...

So, what is the team that is up 5-0 or 6-1 to do? They can't try to score, for that results in a loss. And what of the hapless team that is down 0-5 or 1-6? They have every incentive to allow another goal so that they get the win.

One result: The better team goes into defensive-practice mode, and kicks the ball around on their side of the field, practicing their passes much like a golfer practices an 80-yard wedge shot. Over, and over, and over, and over, practicing the same passes, as the game clock ticks away. How very exciting for all the players and all their family and friends who are watching.

Or worse, via the law of unintended consequences:

What happens if the crappy team "accidentally" scores on themselves? "Ooops, I knocked the ball into our own goal and our goalie slipped and the ball rolled right past him, into the goal. Aw... shucks," smirked the woeful loser. "So we went down, 7-1, but you see, that means we win. But then they knocked a ball into their own goal, so it was 7-2. So we then quickly knocked TWO balls into own goal, to get a little cushion, you understand, and then the clock expired, and we won by default by losing 9-3." "Aw, shucks, I wish I wouldn't have slipped", his goalie moaned dramatically, and he and his teammates laughed... and laughed... and laughed.

OBloodyHell said...

This is absurd. The system already exists to protect their self-esteem in a reasonable way -- once there's a "sufficient" difference in score, the game ends, the team that far ahead wins -- this keeps it from becoming embarrassing or humiliating to the losers, while still keeping the win where it belongs.

Not to suggest I believe in such, but it's at least vaguely rational.

It denies the truth of sports -- the game ain't over until the "losing" team acknowledges it. No matter how far ahead you are -- until you see the other side mostly hanging their heads, looking up at the clock, waiting for time to run out -- That game ain't over

Best example of this I can name is the 1991 UT-Notre Dame football game --

The Vols were down 21-0 towards the end of the half, and, later on, 31-7, and playing in front of a hostile Notre Dame crowd.

"It ain't over yet", sez they.

And they still fought back and won it, 35-34. On a blocked last-second ND kick, they won it.

By grit and sheer determination. I hate Tennessee, but that was inarguably one of the finest comebacks ever.

And these dumbass bastards want to deny anyone the chance to excel like that..

MK said...

I wouldn't be surprised if the kids see right through this and refuse to play by these stupid rules. Even if some parents and authorities are retarded by choice, i doubt very much that the children will fall for this sort of stupidity.

Anonymous said...

This is the logical outcome of affirmative action policies.