Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Entertainment? Or social commentary?
Firstly, apologies for forcing the TV equivalent of Valium for the masses onto your computer screen.
I arrived home from a gruelling shift around half nine on Sunday morning and the missus insisted I watched the above clip. She thought it, quite rightly, hilarious as did I.
Since then, it has bugged me. These two unfortunate girls have had a harsh lesson of what the real world is all about. The question we should be asking ourselves is why the hell did these two think that they had any talent and would succeed in their 'dream'. Just watch their reaction when told that they have no talent.
No doubt, we have witnessed the result of the 'everyone is a winner' mantra that infects the education system in this country. There are no losers within the younger generation these days. We all know traditional sports days are frowned upon and have been replaced with 'fun' days and 'potted sports'. A whole generation have grown up thinking they can achieve anything they want to by simply just trying, regardless of any talent they may have or, in most cases, not have.
Those of you with children at primary school will be aware of the culture of rewarding 'good' behaviour. Those who behave in class, for example, will receive some form of reward. An example I am aware of is golden time, where a child is awarded so many minutes for behaving and on a Friday is allowed to pick a fun activity. Now, this isn't a reward for being the teacher's pet or for some outstanding achievement. It's a reward for just behaving. For doing the bare minimum.
Thus, these children grow up and enter the adult world expecting praise and reward for, pretty much, bugger all. And are shocked to find that it is not forthcoming. Perhaps it would be much kinder to our youngsters if schools mirrored real life. Talent should be encouraged, competitiveness should be encouraged. It's a big bad world out there and the silly pat on the head nonsense doesn't do them any good. Winning needs to be seen as a good thing, something to aspire to and to be proud of. Let's stop lowering the bar. By all means help those kids who need a step up to reach the bar, but let's stop stifling those that can reach the bar without any help.
And for those who do not have the talent? Tell them and let them find out what they are good at.