Milwaukee radio host Charles Sykes is taking on the trend of “bubble-wrapped” kids in his new book, 50 Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School.  My personal favorite is rule number nine: “Your school may have done away with winners and losers.  Life hasn’t.”  Skyes explains:

The modern ‘bubble wrap’ mentality assumes that children are so frail and easily bruised that they have to be insulated…from life.  No losing, no disappointments, no harsh reality checks.  But like a child who grows up in a bubble without immunities to the outsides world, a child raised in bubble wrap is not prepared for the symptoms of life: failure, frustration, and having to make choices tougher than the color of their new iPod sleeve.

And if you think that’s over exaggerating, I dare you to start up a game of dodgeball, tag, or even Legos at an elementary school nowadays.  Come to think of it, I don’t even know if you’re allowed to dare anyone anymore.