Columnist on 'Participation Trophy Phenomenon': Rewarding Failure Is an 'American Epidemic'
Conservative columnist Bethany Mandel argued that rewarding failure has become an "American epidemic" in a recent op-ed in the New York Post.
She pointed to a New Jersey high school's "inclusive" policy that essentially allows a spot for every student who tries out for the cheerleading squad, doing away with skill-based selections, and the New York City Fire Department giving a female applicant an $81,000-a-year desk job after she repeatedly failed physical exams at the training academy.
"We’re not doing anyone any favors by opening the floodgates to the FDNY or even a cheerleading squad," Mandel wrote. "Those given an easy way in end up having lower feelings of self-worth, because they know they didn’t earn their spot and have to face those who did every day. It’s humiliation — not charity."
On "Fox & Friends," Mandel said the "participation trophy phenomenon" comes at an emotional and developmental cost, and it's happening across the board.
She pointed out that the New York State Education Department Board of Regents eliminated a requirement that aspiring teachers in the state pass a literacy test to become certified.
"You want your kids' teachers to be able to read, but it was too hard for the teachers to pass, so they eliminated it," Mandel said.
She also noted that some British schools are replacing analog clocks with digital ones because kids can’t read them.
"We're teaching them that if this is too hard for you, we're just going to get rid of it."