No story brings home the reality of American civilization in decline as much as this one from the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. As I'm sure you're all aware, America has dominated in cheer since the 1950's. And I bet that a lot of us assumed we would continue to lead the world in this arena for decades to come.
But anyone who's been following the world of cheerleading knows that Americans are starting to fall behind. Countries like South Korea and Belgian are making fantastic strides and will soon outpace us in team spirit if we're not careful. So it's troubling to read about parents in Texas raising a stink when their non-handstanding daughters don't make the squad.
Some of those parents were upset because two students whose scores would not have qualified them for the team were among the original 14. District officials say the scoring rules were unclear. Those parents also say that the scoring appeared to become more lenient toward the end of the tryout session, possibly to ensure that Carroll had enough students for a squad.
In essence, when parents complained that their daughters didn't make the squad, the district caved into pressure and allowed less-qualified cheerleaders on the team. This is a travesty. When these girls go out into the real world, they're going to learn that there are plenty of cheerleaders in India who can outperform them, and for a lot less. We will have lost our competitive edge.
I hope and pray that this doesn't happen. But if young girls have a sense of entitlement to positions on cheerleading squads, we're all going to have a rude awakening.