Spent this morning (& shall return this afternoon) at 3rd-grader’s school
field day. Lovely sunny day, kids having fun, lawn chairs on the grass.
All team relay events, nothing with a trace of individual competitiveness.
I grumbled about this to a teacher, blaming it on the evil, Satan-inspired
“self-esteem” movement. She: “Not really. At this age, a kid will just get
upset and discouraged if he loses against another kids.” I guess this is
The adults present were, of course, all seething with inchoate rage over the
Abu Ghraib atrocities…