Well, that is until real life takes over and blows that bullshit out of the water. You see, by the time real life comes around (earlier than you think), they suddenly have to get used to the very jarring fact that we're not all winners. We do keep score. Everyone is not good enough to do everything. There are losers...and if you're one, you don't get no damn trophy. It can be a hell of a transition...one minute you're the kid the coach kind of encourages to stay close to him (and off the field) because he "wants you to listen up and be good and rested when you get your chance" and the very next year you're the kid in the fetal position bawling your eyes out in front of the entire cafeteria as all your more athletic friends slap high-fives and walk around in their new jerseys (nobody wants to be that kid...or know him in public).
It doesn't even have to be athletic...at some schools' science fairs, we don't have winners any more...so what Billy made a fair-to-poor baking soda volcano and Johnny created a perpetual motion machine using K'nex and rubber bands...all things are equal, and everyone just gets a piece of paper that says "you did...something!" to hang on the refrigerator until mommy needs more space for her shopping list and it quietly gets moved to the trash. It's going even farther...some schools have "no wrong answer" policies where every student's answer has merit no matter how inane. (No, dumbass, of course there are wrong answers...they're all the ones besides the right ones!) At a certain point, it gets counterproductive.
Hell, it gets deeper...high schools are doing away with yearbook "best" competitions because some grown ass kids can't handle not being mentioned for anything special, despite not doing anything special. We can't recognize superiority any more? In a given activity, are there no more bright flashes of aptitiude or dim voids of ineptitude, just a big gray blob of forced equalistic mediocrity? That's some of the stupidest shit I've ever heard. If you're not good at something, either improve or find something else to be good at...but you don't deserve an award simply for inhaling near a group activity (otherwise I'd have earned a wall full of trophies, medals, busts and plaques since freshman year of college).
I don't know...to me, it's insanity. People say it's fair, but I have a hard time with that. You know how kids who never get sick are more susceptible to illness when they get older? They have to get sick sometimes, otherwise they never build up an immunity. You've heard what happens to a dream deferred, right? What do you think happens to a nightmare? I have no way to be sure about this, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't shrivel up like a raisin in the sun...no, it swells and becomes like a giant prune to lubricate the metaphorical digestive system of life so it can shit all over you in one lump sum. Now tell me something...is that fair?
Listen, it's not all about winning and losing. Our entire existence is more than a zero-sum game. Life is more than a series of competitions, and I feel that's an important life lesson...but to try to teach it by putting kids in an insulated fail bubble for as long as possible, while an honorable intent, is just the wrong way to go about it. Of course there are losers...if there are no losers, there are no winners. Kids have to learn that failure and rejection are part of life. Your WHOLE life. More than that, they are often the catalyst to success to those who are determined, and that spirit is far more valuable than placebos of encouagement. Don't let Charlie Sheen and his legion of imitators fool you...everybody is NOT winning (seriously, we can drop that now, k?) ...and that's why this is just another lie they tell the chirrens.