The Blessings of Failure

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Columnist Bethany Mandel thinks “Rewarding Failure Has Become an American Epidemic,” and has the real-life examples to prove it (

For instance: After a girl failed to make the cheerleading team at Hanover Park High School, NJ, her parents complained and the school decided to allow everyone to make the team: just show up, and you’re in. The New York City Fire Dept. gave an $81,000-a-year desk job to a woman who failed the physical exams at the fire-fighting academy. And the New York State Board of Regents has thrown out the literacy requirement for teachers: you don’t have to be able to read and write anymore, to teach in New York’s public schools.

Gee, is this fair to the people who worked hard to meet those requirements? [Eight-minute laugh break ensues.] You wouldn’t ask that if you truly understood liberalism and Social Justice! In fact, you should be beaten up for asking it! Hater! Biggit! Ableist! [Head turns 360 degrees, body levitates off bed.]

Question: What about the poor sad sacks who fail at being failures? What of those who pursue failure, but cannot catch it? Who seek failure, but never find it?

More thought must be devoted to this!

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

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