There comes a point in blogging when one is just repeating the same thing over and over, with not the slightest sign of progress.
Nowhere is the political divide more acute, with the majority of women, left-liberals, socialists, PCists, feminists, metros, gays, blacks and do-gooders subscribing to the “all must have prizes” idea of competition and on the other side, most men plus quality women [the achievers] who see competition as healthy and a great foundation for a child to be able to cope with real life in later years.
As with everything else, it’s a matter of degree. No one arguing for competition is promoting the ugly parent who bellows at his kid from the touchline or the underage team coach who pushes the child beyond endurance in all weathers – these are the typically extreme strawmen trotted out by mediocritists as reasons for “all must have prizes”.
The mediocritists are fond of the word “fairness”. Well then, this is fair: every child in the team gets his badge or certificate as part of the team. Then, in addition, those who achieved in particular get further accolades, cups etc.
It’s not the giving of certificates for all which is the issue – it’s banning reward for effort.