I always thought I was embarrassed because I'm bad at sport, but that's not really it. I don't like being *judged* by people in regard to sporting ability. I've never had any issues playing team sports.
Why do I have such a phobia about people watching me play sport? Simple. Compulsory school sports competitions, and being compared to others in my class via PE league tables.
|My first six months at school, and already I suck|
Why aren't there compulsory maths, science, singing, or English competitions at school? I was good at all those things. Producing league tables about the academic ability of individual students is verboten. Teachers aren't even allowed to be honest when they are writing reports.
|Wow, I can't imagine why these kinds of comparisons would destroy a 13 year old girl|
Why is it okay to publicly praise or castigate people for their physical ability, and absolutely forbidden to display rankings of student's academic success or failure?
|Shame there wasn't a blue ribbon for reading while riding|