January 2009

When did competition become a bad thing? Last I checked, competition inspired you to do your best. Through competition, we strive to go above our peers and above our own goals. Competition is what keeps our economy afloat. Through competition, we get better goods and services and higher grades. Competition inspires us to do our best.

Sure, taken to the extreme we get Enron and parents who try to commit murder when their child does not get an A. But over all, some level of competitiveness is good.

That’s why this just bothers me. What did the coach and his team do wrong? It was a competition, they did their best. It just happened that their best was far ahead of the other team. But last I checked, winners get rewarded and losers, well, don’t. In what world does this make sense? They’re basically punishing the girls for giving it their all and having a fair game.

One more thing I’m curious about: what if all the players involved were boys? From my many psychology classes, I’ve learned that girls are not expected to be as competitive as boys though now days there is also the discrepancy in that they both want to be successful but still remain demur. So if it was two teams of boys, a gender far more encouraged to be competitive, would the reaction have been as strong? Would the winning team be forced to apologize for winning?

I simply do not see the logic here. Both teams did their best. This was the outcome. No one cheated, everyone played by the rules. Well, at least the girls from the winning team learned a very important lesson: Life’s not Fair.

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