If I had a magic wand…I would transfer the hours, attention and budgets invested in competitive team sports in US schools to Orchestra and theater.
The ripple effect of strengthening values such as individually striving for perfection and for creating beauty together would be immense.
As psychiatrist Dr Bruce D Perry writes in “The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog”:
“More and more our media and our school systems emphasize material success and the importance of triumphing over others both athletically and in the classroom. (…) This constant emphasis on competition drowns out the lessons of cooperation, empathy and altruism that are critical for human mental health and social cohesion.”