Canadian soccer bodies are phasing in a program to eliminate scorekeeping and standings for under-12 leagues. The spontaneous outrage combusted on schedule. Some was rote, from columnists at the Sun chain with deadlines to meet and clichés at hand: e.g., "this lefty everybody-is-equal garbage." Some came from parents who seem truly anguished that their kids may enter later life unprepared for how harsh and nasty it can be.
Kathryn Blaze Carlson at the National Post helpfully counterposed two putative authorities. One thinks humans are a hierarchal species, and "genetically programmed to compete." The other, "a renowned proponent of co-operation over competition," said: "We compete because we're raised that way, not because we were born that way."