Growing up, those of us who could play a little baseball or football or basketball tried out for the junior high and high school teams and, if we were good enough, we made the team.
That didn’t mean you got to actually get on the field or court, mind you, but just being ‘good enough’ to make the squad was an accomplishment.
The point in those days — not so long ago, really — was to find a team good enough to beat other teams. You didn’t get trophies for showing up; you got them for placing high enough in tournaments to win one.
Was this kind of competitive system inherently unfair? That depends on how you look at it.
If you’re someone who’s interested in spurring people to be their best — to put in the effort and training it takes to continually improve — so that they can be winners, then the answer is no.
If you’re someone who isn’t interested in winning and not really focused on the competitive aspect of life, then sure, picking only people who are “good” at something is inherently unfair.
The trouble with people who belong to the latter group — Leftists, mostly — is that their vision of the world is warped. It’s inaccurate. It’s not grounded in reality.
That’s why “all-inclusive” nonsense like the cheerleading program at one New Jersey high school — where everyone who shows up gets a spot — is not only counterproductive, but they are harmful to children in that they create the false impression that success can be had without being earned.
In the name of “inclusivity,” Hanover Park High School in East Hanover, New Jersey, has ended cheerleading tryouts as we know them. Instead, it will allow every single applicant who shows interest in the squad to be part of it…
It gets worse: The East Hanover Board of Education reportedly made the decision after one parent complained her daughter did not make the team after she tried out for it.
Instead of that parent encouraging his/her daughter to work harder and practice more so that she would have a better chance of making the squad next year, he/she complained instead.
Life lesson: ‘You shouldn’t have to be good at something to get what you want.’ (Related: BOY SCOUTS self-destructing under the boot of liberalism… “boy” to be removed from its name.)
Stephanie Kruger, a Hanover cheerleader who wasn’t part of this stupidity, was angered by the policy change.
“All my hard work has been thrown out the window,” she said during a school board meeting last week, according to the New York Post. “I tried my hardest [to make the team]. Now everything is going away because of one child who did not make the team, and their parent complained.”
Jada Alcontara agreed. She said at the meeting, “I came up here to state that I did not put in 18 months of work to lead up this moment just to be told it didn’t matter anymore.”
Scores of East Hanover parents were in disagreement with the rule change, and some of them expressed their disdain for it at the meeting.
And how did the school board respond? With Left-wing arrogance, of course. The board threatened to shutter the entire cheerleading program rather than admit their policy change was a garbage idea that instilled all of the wrong values in young people and reimplement the old standard of competition, talent, and determination — along with hours of practice — to win the day.
“Good-bye, competing,” a mom of a high school cheerleader from the North Shore of Massachusetts told LifeZette. “Competing is a huge joy and serious goal for a cheer squad, and this New Jersey high school will not have a team good enough to compete –– which certainly isn’t fair to all the other girls who work so hard and who are so committed.”
The Left doesn’t really care about fairness. All they really care about is blowing up American traditional values.
Read more about Left-wing insanity at LeftCult.com.
J.D. Heyes is also editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.