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Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

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School lets everyone qualify for cheerleader squad

The coming dark age: Because the parent of one student who did not make the team complained, a New Jersey school has decided that everyone who wants to be part of the cheerleader team will be included, regardless of their talent or skill or training.

Not surprisingly, the students who had trained and worked hard to qualify were not happy.

“All my hard work has been thrown out the window,” seethed cheerleader Stephanie Krueger about the ruling during a Board of Education meeting last week in East Hanover.

…Krueger and several other cheerleaders voiced their anger last Wednesday during a board meeting, according to News 12 New Jersey. “I came up here to state that I did not put in 18 months of work to lead up to this moment, just to be told it didn’t matter anymore,” said sophomore Jada Alcontara.

No matter. Being “inclusive” and catering to those who are lazy or untalented is far more important that encouraging quality and hard work. That’s the modern way, and the future.

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  • BSJ

    Yes, it is true.

    There is absolutely nothing about cheerleading that matters.

  • Cotour

    I can not stress how strong the potential is for stupidity like this to be reflected in the coming midterm elections and beyond in the negative.

    This stupid think, politically correct, “everyone is equal”, Andrew W type “government first”, counter intuitive and designed to confuse the populous dogma is being revealed for what it is, hollow and meaningless and the road to Socialist equality hell.

    these gears are turning slowly, but they are turning.

  • Joe From Houston

    I understand Stephanie’s point. I saw her pour her heart out to the board only to be ignored. Anytime I see someone crying, I feel like they are healing the sadness within themselves. I can’t heal my own sadness watching someone else crying in sympathy for me. I don’t believe anyone can. The important thing I point out in the video is that I saw her later in the video acting like a normal person who appeared somewhat healed emotionally. So, crying, in this case, may have helped that person who did not believe in equal opportunity for the “under-performers” who have a desire, however large or small, to perform.
    What people believe, in my opinion, has nothing to do with the factual circumstances presented. It has to do with what happened to each person at a young age that attached and internalized that belief for perhaps entirely different reasons that had nothing to do with the factual circumstances that were present when the belief was formed.
    When cheerleaders and their adoring parents obsess to this extreme, it is for an underlying reason. It may be based on their internalized belief system that gets passed down from generation to generation or that some simply want to go all in to someday become a professional cheerleader just like many football players that become professionals do. They seem to care only about the attention and the money. They do not choose the traditional way of life, i.e., education, then job, then retirement to the golden years.
    So, if the obsessive cheerleaders, who feel they are better than their under-performing counter-parts, surround themselves with equally skilled and experienced cheerleaders, the entire team’s performance improves and so improves their chances to succeed in their future cheer-leading competitions.
    This reminds me of the “Keeping up with the Jones’s” story in which home owners in a neighborhood compete with each other to see who can outdo the other. The overall goal is to increase their property values using hype, buzz, and $$$ to win The Envy Game.
    In the end, the house of cards collapses much like the end game that happens with musical chairs. A few scarf up all of the remaining cash and valuables leaving the others lying in the dust.
    I ask you, “Is life is all about being a cheerleader?”

  • Cotour

    Joe From Houston:

    Maybe Stephanie was just pissed off that she put a lot of time into becoming proficient at something and was denied what she earned because of some BS politically correct agenda that turned her ambition and effort into a bait and switch disappointment.

    In your thinking its Stephanie and her ambition that is the problem, correct?

  • ONE person complained? I suppose the Board’s tolerance for conflict is so low that “Practice and try again next year” was off the table. I’ve seen the precedent. I once belonged to a 700+ member YMCA that removed the stereo from the weight room because TWO people complained.

    I couldn’t find any party affiliations for the Board members, but given that it’s in New Jersey, it’s unlikely they’re Republicans. I really hope these young women remember this when they vote in a few years.

    On the other hand, the Board did do this:

    What a difference a year makes.

  • Noah Peal

    Maybe the otherwise unqualified cheerleader candidates contained electrolytes. There might be more to this story.

  • Noah Peal

    By the way, a cheer squad is the other team at a sporting event. If the girls must be all inclusive, why not the boys in the football outfits, too? Seems logically fair.

  • Tec

    When I was in high school I wanted to be part of the theatre group. They we’re doing Broadway musicals at the time. Since I have two left feet and couldn’t hold a tune if it handle handles on it I couldn’t make the cut. Oh poor me. But I went to work on stage crew and learned more about theatre than I could have ever imagined. Even got to work with educational teens from the Lincoln center. Also got to date one of the cutest cheerleaders who could sing like a bird.

  • vonmazur

    What Next, The Handicapper General with a 10 gauge shotgun, Like Harrison Burgeron ??

  • Max

    Poor girl, reminds me of a nice sailing ship, that just lost it’s rudder.
    Will the chess club be allowed on the basketball starting team? Will the fat kid run the relay race and pole-vaulting on track and field? Will the 4H club represent the school in debate?
    If a parent complaints about their children’s grades, can they be changed to A’s and be the Victorian? Can all of the students graduate with honors? Can the students take over for the teachers and run the class, and the student body replace the Board of Education? Where does this slippery slope end?

    When everybody wins, winning becomes meaningless.

    Football and cheerleading is not about sports. It is a vehicle for conditioning students with over active hormones to control and guide urges to a beneficial outcome. Namely building character, and rewards for goals achieved.
    it has a secondary purpose which is as old as the human race.
    “courtship rituals”.
    The alpha male has the best chance with the most desirable female. (that girl in the news clip has just been lowered to Common)
    Each club and affiliation is ultimately designed for this purpose. Interaction and behavior modification for societal evolution and acceptance. (To learn your place)
    There is a ritual in which everyone is invited to participate, it is also in every culture because of its success. Dancing.
    As for everyone who wants to be “cheerleader participating”, this will quickly turn into a hurtful act of humiliation. A joke.

    How does this prepare young students for the workplace? Are they going to take their participation award with them to the job interview? Will they force employers in the future to hire the students without an interview or qualifications?
    If there is no reward for hard work, why work.
    If values are not learned in the building of character, are you not valueless? Even to yourself?
    This is why those from broken homes and abuse have a difficult time in coping with others in their own lives, without smiles and encouragement their own self worth is diminished and they become as they see themselves… as worthless. Rudderless.

    Locally they are applying such logic to the homeless problem. Government thinks we can solve it by “providing homes”.
    Using their logic I propose that we should provide them with documents of higher education. Let’s hand out certifications at the homeless shelter in nursing, plumbing, electrical, doctoring, piloting, lawyering, and why not an astronaut or two.
    In this way they can buy there own house and car with their own money paying water /sewer /garbage /power /gas bills and become a productive tax paying citizen.
    My approach to the problem is different, but I assure you, it will produce exact same results. Failure (their approach will make relatives and friends of the politicians very rich off the taxpayers)
    There is always education, but you just can’t fix stupid. “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it take a bath.”
    For example;
    If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day.
    If you teach a man to fish, he will borrow your truck and boat while you’re at work, go to a restricted area, cast out three fishing lines chummed with corn, with no fishing license, catching three times the legal limit regardless of size or endangered species restrictions.
    Mean while on shore, in his excitement to feed himself, he left the truck out of park and it rolled backwards jackknifing the trailer as it submerged under the water.
    This is why we have such a large welfare and food stamps participation. It’s easier just to give the man a fish. a roof, a full belly, and a TV set which will detour him from raiding your refrigerator. This way, he would rather sit at home breeding and drinking lots of electrolytes…

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