Standardizing Kids

I know that I am not the first to comment on the fast balling 9 year old from Connecticut. I also know that I will not be the last. The kid is being told that he cannot pitch in little league because he is too good. Where and when is all this crap gonna stop? Bit by bit, we are removing all forms of competition from our children’s lives. We cannot allow them to play tag or dodge ball. Academic achievement cannot be publicly recognized. Teachers aim for the middle of the bell curve and teach to the test… Okay… I’m painting with broad strokes, but things are way passed being out of hand. There are winners and there are losers. There are those who excel and those who just get by. Are we doing our kids a service by sheltering them from the consequences of competition?

My oldest kid is on the varsity swim team. She’s good enough to make the team, but she rarely wins her events. She was pretty upset last year when she had qualified with one of the relay teams in a finals event. The coach pulled her and substituted a faster swimmer. The upset lasted a day and she now cheers even louder for her team mates. And she’s still on the team. The youngest is a brainiac. And what does she get for her efforts? She started junior high this year with every class in pre-AP or gifted & talented. She falls asleep when she gets home from school because her mind is actually getting stretched. A big, genuine, thank you to the school district for giving her the opportunity to stretch. Now, if they could help me out with the fact that she keeps on walking into walls…

Too good? This youngster from New Haven has a gift. And instead of encouraging him, the powers that be want to hobble him so that the other kids will not feel bad. Let him pitch.


2 Responses to “Standardizing Kids”

  1. August 27, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    It *is* pretty infuriating to read about excellence being penalized. The kid’s the Tiger Woods of little league and his skills should be praised.

    That said, I’m in favor of giving him the option to play with an older age group because that arrangement would give the kid the challenges necessary to continue improving his talent.

  2. August 27, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Sure. All for that. But the kid’s entire team is being disbanded! And an opposing team just threw in the towel and went home, rather than facing the phenom. Now that’s a great message to send!

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