Elementary School: Kids' 'Urge to Win Will Be Kept to Minimum' at Field Day
The "everyone gets a trophy" mentality was on display recently at a Rochester, Michigan, elementary school. In a notice sent home to parents about the upcoming Field Day, North Hill Elementary School highlighted to parents that there wouldn't be any losers.
The notice explains that "since we believe that all our students are winners, the need for athletic ability and the competitive 'urge to win' will be kept to a minimum." It goes on to say that the "real reward will be the enjoyment and good feelings of participation" and states that the event will be a fun, "carnival like atmosphere."
The notice was posted on Facebook by a parent who disagreed with the school's philosophy, writing that even his daughter saw the "ridiculousness" of it.
“I am speechless...the ‘urge to win’ will be kept at a minimum. What are we teaching our children? Everyone isn’t a winner, there are winners and losers. The kids that win and get awards drive those that don’t to do better,” Bennett Staph wrote.
Let us know what you think: are schools going too far in de-emphasizing winners and losers?
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