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I'm not selling the kids short

I'm sure that many exerted a great effort and did a stellar job. I hope that the best and even a couple of close runner-ups were recognized. No, the problem is not with the kids. The problem is with mamby-pamby ADULTS who think we'll be better off if no child who shows up at some event knows the disappointment of leaving empty-handed. It plagues sports, too. You can be the worst second-baseman in the history of baseball, but get a trophy every year in some regional leagues. We're breeding a nation of sensitive, dependent pansies, and the kids deserve a lot better. They deserve realistic appraisals of their efforts and the product they produce. They need to learn that minimal effort normally produces no reward.

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