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« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2008, 07:29:24 PM »

No, that's where the so-called "co-operative sports" come in. No winners, no losers, no competition of any kind. You simply play for the fun of working together.

I can remember that being all the rage with some of my teachers around 1980ish. They were products of the universities of the 60s and 70s, and liked to show us movies like Free to Be You and Me. Really prepared us to go out into the world. One particular old hippy, who learned the benefits of healthy competition later on when he started running marathons, used to come up with non-violent, non-competitive, totally co-operative cheers for the teams he coached. Don't beat anybody, just have fun.

And it is from that unique period in education history we get the parents of today.

I teach my kids that sometimes you win and some times you lose, that's life.

When I was in school, (back in the stone age when we used slate tablets) we played sports and the object of the game was to WIN, not have a good time, and if you lost the coach let you know about it until the next game. You practiced harder, longer and tougher so you could win next time, that's how it worked. Football games didn't end in a "everybody was a real good sport, everyone is a winner" they ended in a winner and a loser. In track you didn't come in 1st,1st and 1st you came in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and dead last.

I guess in 1978 the writing was on the wall, did we fail to see it?
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« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2008, 09:03:21 PM »

I would have said 1974.
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A scene from Free to Be You and Me, a star-studded educational film that really ought to be reviewed around here some time.
By the way, that is indeed Michael Jackson. Enjoy the irony.

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