It beggars belief that those schools that still have sports days are rewarding all participants, winners and losers. And this helps our children how ?
Note I used the word “loser” because in the world that I was brought up in if you didn’t win then you lost. OK you may have come second or third or even forty-third. The point is you didn’t win. The only awards were for those that won. The only names that went up on the achievements boards in my school were those of the winners. Yes those that came second and third also received certificates but they didn’t win and they knew it.
Just like in the olympics, the world cup, Wimbledon or any other international sporting event there will only ever be one winner.
Just like all those job applicants for the plum post there will only be one winner.
So I say again, how does rewarding all participants help, how does that prepare our children for the real world ?
By rewarding everyone we dilute the achievements of the true winners, we take away the rush that winners feel, we diminish and devalue their efforts.
But the real crime is that we change the expectations of the other participants. Somehow it makes it appear that it doesn’t matter if you don’t win because you will still get a prize. And if it doesn’t matter why should you try ?
And now the government are trying to reinvent the wheel. The following is culled from The Daily Mail
“Ministers are launching a new ‘School Olympics’ programme to end the widespread culture of ‘prizes for all’.
The championships are intended to give every child an experience of hard fought competition and prevent schools from refusing to pit youngsters against each other.”
“The new school sports championships are designed to reverse the decline in competitive sport brought about by Left-wing councils that scorned it as ‘elitist’ and insisted on politically correct activities with no winners or losers.
The first championship will take place in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games. They will involve a wide range of sports including football, rugby, netball, golf, cricket, tennis, athletics, judo, gymnastics, swimming, table tennis and volleyball.
Schools will compete against each other in district leagues from 2011 with winning athletes and teams qualifying for as many as 60 finals.
The most talented will then be selected for national finals.
Education Secretary Michael Gove said: ‘We need to revive competitive sport in our schools.
‘Fewer than a third of school pupils take part in regular competitive sport within schools and fewer than one in five take part in regular competition between schools.”
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1291627/Winning-banned-thirds-schools-teachers-reward-ALL-students.html#ixzz0siYe322v
When I was at school we had all this. Where did it all go ?
I didn’t go to a posh school. No, I went to Claverham County Secondary School just outside Battle. Its where all the kids from the surrounding villages went to school. It’s now a Community College but back in the day the school had 4 houses and we all wore badges to show which we blonged to. There were charts in the “public” areas as well as each of the classes to show which house was leading the points and the sports tables. There was active competition between the houses in everything that we did from sports through all of the academic elements of school. Furthermore there were county level and national competitions in which the school was an active participant.
So I say three cheers for the new government initiative.