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By Kyle Olson | Elementary school field day notice: ‘The competitive urge to win will be kept to a minimum.’  If you don’t understand the phrase “cultural Marxism,” this is a good example.

North Hill Elementary in Rochester, Michigan announced its annual field day – like thousands of other elementary schools do each spring.

The flyer reads:

The purpose of the day is for our school to get together for an enjoyable two hours of activities and provide an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to interact cooperatively. Since we believe that all of our children are winner, the need for athletic ability and the competitive “urge to win” will be kept to a minimum. The real reward will be the enjoyment and good feelings of participation.


Wow. Are all the children going to hold hands as they cross the finish line together? Will they all get a trophy and medal because they all finished in first place? Is that the progressive value being taught in government schools today?

Tragically, the answer is yes.

Will the school also be deemphasizing the importance of academic excellence? Will officials try to shield the average students from hurt feelings by keeping the academic “urge to win” to a minimum?

A parent with a child in the school, Bennett Staph, posted the “field day” notice on Facebook.

“(My daughter) showed this to me tonight regarding her school’s field day event. I was even proud of her for pointing out the ridiculousness of it.

“I am speechless…the ‘urge to win’ will be kept at a minimum. What are we teaching our children? Everyone isn’t a winner, there are winners and losers. The kids that win and get awards drive those that don’t to do better,” Staph wrote.

Self-described progressive Michelle Rhee once said her daughter’s bedrooms are full of soccer trophies, even though they are terrible soccer players. If they get a trophy for being terrible – the same trophy that the league’s top scorer gets – where is the incentive to improve?

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