Winning ‘Banned’ in schools…

Another dishonest headline from the Daily Mail: ‘Winning banned in two thirds of schools as teachers reward ALL students‘. Of course this headlines just reeks of bullshit and the whole article seems to be an ill-thought mess. You know the headline is a complete lie from the first two paragraphs:

Two out of three schools are rewarding all pupils on sports days to ensure that nobody feels left out, according to a survey.

Teachers want to be ‘inclusive’ and give prizes to both winners and losers to stop anyone’s feelings being hurt.

So, winning clearly has not been banned at all, merely two-thirds of schools choose to reward to some extent all competitors whilst still acknowledging and rewarding winners. Considering the Daily Mail is supposedly concerned with obesity and the lack of activity in young people they might want to think about the importance of rewarding anyone who participates in physical exercise rather than just those that win any given event. For a lot of people sport is not something they want to get involved with precisely because of the pressure involved, or the emphasis placed on winning rather than the pleasure of competing. If 20 children run 100 metres the winners should be recognised, but what is wrong with acknowledging that all 20 children still essentially completed the same task.

So, has winning been banned at all then? Well, according to the survey: ‘Nine per cent of all schools refuse to single out any winners at all’, which is very different to the Daily Mail headline which states that this is 2/3 of schools, whereas it is actually the case in only 9/100 schools. Of course, we all know who is to blame for this madness:

Left-wing councils that scorned it as ‘elitist’ and insisted on politically correct activities with no winners or losers.

Loony-left-wing-councils, is there anything they haven’t banned – according to the Daily Mail that is?


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9 thoughts on “Winning ‘Banned’ in schools…”

  1. i finished miserably last when i ran the 800m at school and got rewarded with a pity clap. does that count as rewarding?

    1. Yes, the Daily Mail would have liked you to have been publically flogged and the word ‘LOSER’ branded on your forehead. The fact that people clapped in pity is a sure sign that this once great nation has gone to the dogs thanks to the loony-left PC brigade.

  2. In other words: Winning is the most important thing EVAH.

    I take it the Daily Mail wants us to be a nation of Luis Suarez’s?

  3. I love this site! The DM is shocking and the website comments are hilariously ignorant. Eg. “Bring back the death penalty” or “Scum like this should hang” get the top rated comment.

  4. Vaguely related, after finishing a project at the school I work at with some Year 7s, they wanted to know if there would be a winner. It seems that at there Primary school, they’d done a project that was loosely based on The Apprentice. Sadly the techer involved hadn’t quite got the hang of the format, as at the end they were all hired.

    I reassured them that there would indeed be winners and losers on this. And there were. But they’d all worked hard and tried, so we praised all of them, and they all got prizes (although the prizes were a bit “educational”). My guys who asked came second and were ecstatic.

    Banning winning and losing is ridiculous. But so is insisting that there always be a winner and a loser. If only the Daily Mail was familiar with positive sum games!

  5. Clearly have no idea how the education system works. Nor common sense for that matter.

    Seems obvious to me that you reward good behaviour – and that includes completing a work, or doing your best in a sports event.

    Whether the ‘winners’ are rewarded by singling out, or with a special prize, or not, they still know they won and so will their class mates.

  6. “Clearly have no idea how the education system works. Nor common sense for that matter.”

    Quoted for truth.

    My daughter just had her sports day at nursery. The winners of each race got a medal in the shape of a star, but everyone who took part got another medal for doing their best. And this is a GOOD THING. It meant, among other things, that I could reassure her no-one minded where she finished as long as she gave it an honest try, which she needed to hear in her extremity of cold feet before the event.

    1. Absolutely agree with this comment. It is a good thing to get involved in sport, no matter what your natural ability. I play football every weekend with a group of players of mixed ability, we play because we love the sport, it is that simple.

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