Elementary School Encourages Kids to Suppress the ‘Urge to Win’Meredith Carroll
I’m the least stage mom-y mom you’ll ever meet. I push my kids to try hard and have fun, but if it turns out that after a reasonable trial period their talents prove somewhat inadequate and they fail to find any pleasure in what they’re doing, I’ll happily allow them to move on to the next sport/activity/hobby.
I’ve never been a shining athletic star, so I know firsthand that plenty of enjoyment and reward can be derived from finishing somewhere other than first place. That being said, I also know (faintly) how great it feels to be at the top of the heap. Winning at all costs isn’t my motto, but I’ll never lie and say that coming out ahead doesn’t feel exponentially better than being left in the dust.
That’s just one reason why I don’t live in Rochester Hills, Mich., where students at North Hill Elementary School are being encouraged to suppress the “urge to win” at the annual field day even, according to Progressives Today.
A flyer distributed to parents said, in part:
The purpose of the day is for our school to get together for an enjoyable two hours of activities and provide an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to interact cooperatively. Since we believe that all of our children are winners, the need for athletic ability and the competitive “urge to win” will be kept to a minimum. The real reward will be the enjoyment and good feelings of participation.
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