School children are often taught to play a sport, but they are often also taught that it is ok to falsify their age or be selected without trials. Sports needn’t be this way. Children must be taught to deal with losses as much as they are encouraged to be successful. Teaching them that recognition at all cost is undoing not only the sport, but more harmfully, the fabric of our society.
Children need to be taught collaboration, camaraderie, magnanimity, skill, rigor and so many other values and sports makes all this possible, while being enjoyable too.