Okay so, in this new paradigm it seems that anyone who can breathe the air in middle school gets a certificate for showing up and a job well done. Only one problem with that, they didn’t do anything, well, except the minimum required to get that certificate; show up. Therein lies the real problem with teaching kids to excel or even hoping them to find their niche, something they are good at, instead we lie to them and tell them they are good at everything, and everyone is a winner. Unfortunately, inherently they know that if everyone is wonderful and beautiful, great, and a winner – then really no one is.Now then, it gets worse, so let me explain. You see, Medical Xpress online news had an interesting article titled; ” Young soccer players show signs of burnout, published on January 29, 2013 which stated; “Young elite players at professional soccer clubs are at risk of burnout before they leave school because of the perfectionist standards they feel coaches, parents and team members demand of them, according to a new study.”Okay but, I have some comments on this having played 7-years of youth competitive soccer myself, so let me dig into this and use some competitive spirit on these nonsensical research findings. Here is what I say about this research; well, the kids have to learn that success requires hard work, practice, and dedication, and if they can’t handle it, they are not prepared for life, so all these ridiculous psychological studies are actually hurting the future of our country and kids, weakness is not honorable.Life isn’t easy, pretending it is, or letting kids off the hook without high expectations of success, practice and hard work is doing a severe injustice to their future. Further, since adversity builds character we they are sure to have NONE if they aren’t introduced to that reality. In that case it will be our faults. Too many kids believe that going to college will guarantee success, no, that’s just the minimum required, that’s actually the starting line, not the finish line and too many kids get the impression that if they go to college, they will enter the good life.Imagine how let down and defeated they will feel after years of this false conditioning. What a dishonorable thing to do to our children, why start by letting them off the hook in youth sports, and I dare to ask; what on Earth do these so-called psychologists know anyway? We don’t need to breed weakness into this next generation and in doing so, we aren’t doing them any favors. Please consider all this and think on it.