In most cases if a child is looking up to someone who lives his or her life unethically, in one way or the other, that child will draw something from that person. Also in Armstrong’s case, for him to come clean would cost the lives of the young ones who are very fond of him. But to fight and still lie as well does him no good, since even his the board of sports have identified his fault. Already his reputation is
In “Children Need to Play, Not Compete”, Jessica Statsky tries to highlight the growing issue and destructive effects of the competitive sports. These sports are fabricated keeping the age and standards of an adult which make them unsuitable for children. These sports have a negative impact on a child’s health as a whole. The body and the mind are both equally. Developing bodies of the children suffer a great deal because of the extreme physical activity demanded by the competitive sports.
Naval Officer Robert Ballard once said, “Follow your own passion- not your parents’ not your teachers’- yours.” In today’s society, what a parent thinks affects what a child thinks. Children often values a parent’s happiness over their own. More than twenty-six million kids play sports around the world starting as young as age six. Forcing a child into doing a sport can damage a child’s well-being, physical-being and can cause them to not have any interest in the sport. Research has shown that children that are forced into sports can be affected negatively in a physically, mentally, and emotionally way due to parent performance expectations.
Today, youth sports have evolved in a negative manner. Rather than focusing on youth development and improving skill levels we are gearing towards the outcome. Winning or losing is evidently more important than if a child has developed a new skill. It has been studied that 70% of children and youth drop out of organized athletics by age 13, some due to financial or time constraints, but most stop because it’s not fun (Potential Pictures, 2017). Parents are beginning to pressure kids into a competitive environment at a young age instead of making an informed decision for the greater good of their children.
Empathy, a value Atticus’s teachings are fundamentally based is the one value that seems to trouble Scout at the beginning of the book along with racism. (Lee pg:148) Fighting shows how immature and small minded a person is, Atticus is greatly against physical confrontation we know that because he even went ahead and said, “ I try my best to love everybody,” a value that he tries to pass down to his kids. (Lee pg:179) But Scout doesn’t seem to recognize that fighting isn’t the smart choice because she gets into fights quite frequently, sometimes without understanding what they were saying or fully knowing the phrases and what they meant, Scout troubled asked, “Atticus, what exactly is a nigger-lover?”(Lee pg:178). A topic she got into fights multiple times. She jumped on her younger cousin, Francis because he called her a nigger-lover.
Imagine you are in a situation where you are at a young age, and your parents are always yelling at you to be the best in athletics, and that failing is not an option. How do you think you would live your life with the massive amount of stress your parents are weighing you down with? Today, children are getting told by the people whom they look up to the most, that failing in sports is not an option, the only option is winning. This is putting the idea in their brains that the worst possible thing is to fail, but in reality failing is what helps us to succeed. Also, children are receiving an abundance of stress from sports, when sports are supposed to be something that is enjoyable.
As the great Vince Lombardi said, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” I am the biggest critic of myself in every aspect of my life. Whether it is in the classroom, on the court, or in my head, I always feel unsatisfied or that I could improve whatever I am doing. I expect perfection from myself all the time, even though I know it is not completely attainable. I guess you could say that I lack self-compassion. At an early age, I was expected to excel in the activities that I was involved in outside of school and in school.
The very fact that I could not dress up like others made me feel out of hell. Moreover comments of friends and relatives had broken me from inside. I wanted to loose my weight at any cost. I started workouts but my low energy level seems to be a biggest hurdle in achieving the goal. Then one day I met one of my close friend.
According to Jessica Statsky’s essay titled Children Need to Play, Not Compete, most children under the age of 12 do not need competition in sports. Claiming that organized sports are not “satisfying nor beneficial” for young children, Statsky expresses her concerns over a few issues. Supporting her thesis, Statsky discusses the negative physical and psychological effects of competitive sports. She further asserts that most children do not enjoy competition by citing a study about how most children would prefer to be on a losing team that allowed everyone to play rather than a winning team that may bench them due to performance. Also, she states ‘scorekeeping, league standings, and the drive to win bring(s) out the worst in adults’.
Summary The passage ‘Children need to play, not compete’ is a profound analysis of a variety of negative impacts that the competitive sports have on the life of children. Jessica Statsky is of the view that competitive sports have a far more negative effects on children than the benefits of it. The ‘adult standards’ that are unfit for the children, need to be eradicated from children sports as they are inappropriate for their better physical growth. These include all kinds of sports that are contact as well as non-contact. These not only influence their physical health but also deteriorate their psychological health.