Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Oh good grief

Tragedies happen, life goes on, a simple maxim to help deal with the occasional knocks life throws you. At one time in the past our kids were brought up and schooled in a competitive atmosphere, it helped us all learn to deal with both success and failure. These days though a new ethos has caught on aided and encouraged by the leftard thinking that goes in schools and colleges it's the all must have prizes and all must be winners meme that gives kids a cozy upbringing in the education system and leaves them systematically unable to cope with real life...
A coroner has criticised top football clubs for the “cruel” practice of ditching young players, after an aspiring footballer killed himself as he battled with depression after being dropped from a Premier League club.
Josh Lyons spent three years as a young teenager trying out for a place at Tottenham Hotspur when he was ditched by the club at 16. He played for other teams but struggled with depression and killed himself earlier this year at the age of 26.
Dr Karen Henderson, the assistant deputy coroner for West Sussex, criticised clubs that “build up the hopes” of young players only to drop them, and called for more support for aspiring footballers.
“It was that pivotal point that crushed a young man's life and all the dreams that go with it,” she said.
"That one moment I find was the single most important factor that led to the events that ended on the train tracks.
Whilst what the young man did was tragic for friends and family, I simply cannot accept the coroners statement that Premiership clubs have a duty to somehow keep going with players who are clearly not going to make the grade. Josh sadly wasn't good enough and if he'd been schooled in the atmosphere of hard knocks that my generation got used too in schools he'd have probably developed the necessary defence mechanisms to cope with failure, God alone knows I had enough knocks and setbacks to cope with, though admittedly I was not that talented at sports.
Schools and indeed parents today rarely if ever teach their kids about dealing with failure, it simply didn't happen. Look at the banshee wails when the government made examination marking a bit harder after so many successive years of kids getting better results yet an ever higher turnout of illiterates was recorded. Kids and parents have become unused to failure, not because they are cleverer or better, but simply because a system was set in place to prevent failure being acknowledged or learned about.
As it is, kids reach adulthood or get into an adult environment and discover a whole new ball game where failure to perform to a certain standard has very direct results and if they haven't learned to cope with failure, well sometimes the result is tragic.
What happened to Josh is awful, but the blame does not lie with the football club, it lies with those who did not teach him to deal with failure.

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Kath lissenden said...

Kids are not allowed to grow up in the school of hard knocks these day , not like we did. This is another PC brigade problem, stamp out bullying etc is lovely in theory (and as someone who was badly bullied I can see the logic) but hard knocks teach us survival and make us strong. No hard knocks no learning you can't alway have what you want and you can't always succeed in life. Of course maybe this youngster was just predisposed to depression.It is no doubt a tragedy but it happens, makes me glad every day I brough my kids up in the school of hard knocks.

Able said...

I think part of the issue is the 'normalising' of this type of reaction/behaviour. Think of how many now attempt suicide because someone says something mean to them on Instatwitfacepage? Kids, and let's be honest here those like this young adult, see others mourned, lauded and pandered to for acting like pathetic idiots and so they do it too.

I, like most I'd suspect, faced bullying at school (at least until a growth spurt and a sudden loss of temper) yet would never have considered such, supposedly desperate, stupidity. Partly because I didn't even know normal people did that sort of thing and partly due to the fact I knew most would view anything that drastic for what it is (I'd die of embarrassment if anyone found out I'd killed myself because someone punched me).

Stop normalising it, stop excusing it and stop rewarding it and I bet the numbers would disappear. Oh, and start encouraging the alternative, get dropped for not being good enough? Get better just to show them! Adversity and effort build character, what we have now are a bunch of teens/adults permanently stuck at the emotional pre-school level.

That and stop diagnosing anyone who's a bit upset over something as depressed, it really doesn't help them.

Thus endeth the rant. Climbing carefully off my soap-box!

Rickie said...

Happens all time on Xfactor or Britans got talent and all the rest of the bollocks lookalike shows.

2 minutes of hearing them sing its " no more ASDA for you"