Barbara Samardich: The win-win generation
November 29, 2016
In the 1970s, a new philosophy of child rearing became pervasive. Briefly stated, this philosophy stated that no situation should ever be a win/lose contest.
Educators and psychologists promoted the new philosophy of win/win.
This soon morphed into athletic events where everyone got a trophy. This was promoted both in public schools and in private homes. As a young mother during this era (that's right — I'm older than dirt), the parent was supposed to sit and talk to a child about choices until the issue was resolved and everybody won. Of course, it was never taken into consideration that perhaps the child did not have the maturity or experience to make a rational decision.
This new method, if correctly carried out, could take much time to come to an agreement that was acceptable to both parent and child or school and student.
What this philosophy failed to promote was that competition is good and so is winning. To be successful, one must learn to recognize both their strengths and weaknesses.
My belief is that the children of this new philosophy raised their children and now perhaps their grandchildren with the same ideals. What this philosophy failed to promote was that competition is good and so is winning. To be successful, one must learn to recognize both their strengths and weaknesses. And, as we all know, Mother Nature demonstrates over and over how "winning is a counterpart to survival and adaptability is essential to the progress of a species."
An article regarding this was just printed in NaturalNews.com. This same article articulates the fact that our universities have now become the indoctrination centers for cognitively incapable people. They further state that "the real world is raw, cruel and blunt — get used to it."
I couldn't agree more watching the so called "damaged students" who were so upset after a long election cycle that they couldn't attend class, but were fine with protesting in violent ways, destroying public and private property. Where is the leadership of these institutions? I say grow up, put aside your lattes and figure out why your side lost.
If you believe our electoral system is flawed, then work to bring about a Constitutional Amendment.
You won't always win in life.
Barbara Samardich lives in Nevada City.