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Only in America: Telling kids to resist the 'competitive urge to win'

A Michigan school de-emphasizes winning field day events — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

A Michigan school has sent a flyer home to parents urging that they and their children minimize the "competitive urge 'to win'" at the school's annual field day, so as not to upset the other students. "We believe all of our students are winners," the flyer said. Bennett Staph, a parent of a student, said competitions push kids to do their best. "What are we teaching our students?" Staph said.