If you take a visit to a youth sports competition, you’ll probably find kids of all ages with heavy medals strung across their necks and gilded trophies filling up the trunks of their cars. But here’s the catch; most of these plastic prizes were probably awarded just for participation. Starting in the sixties, these trophies gained traction, and a once small trade grew into a multibillion-dollar industry. With so many kids receiving praise for minimal effort, some wonder if this could have a negative impact. Trophies should not be awarded simply for participation because trophies lose their meaning when everyone gets one, kids aren’t motivated to succeed, and kids need to learn how to lose.
Students are fully aware of the positive and negative consequences of grade inflation whether it is something as simple as a grade curve or as drastic as a student trying to bargain their way into graduation. However, another smaller issue that arises is the “participation trophy.” When doing something, everyone gets an equal amount of victory. When discussing this topic in class, I realized that many of my peers saw participation trophies and inflated grades as one in the same. Both items apparently trigger narcissism and false hope in children. I choose to disagree. Grade inflation and participation trophies are both controversial aspects of a student’s life, but they are not the same. Each issue has its own causes and solutions. To me, grade inflation is more
Writer, Brad Wolverton, in his article “The Education of Dasmine Cathey” first appearing in The Chronicle of Higher Education, conveys the journey of a former University of Memphis football player who was poorly educated and how he struggled to be academically eligible. Wolverton’s purpose is to illustrate the widespread of educational shortcomings of NCAA athletes and the complicated ways athletes struggles gets brushed under the proverbial carpet. (Wolverton) In this article Wolverton utilizes a straightforward tone by using pathos to appeal to the readers with Mr. Cathey’s difficult situation also utilizing logos and ethos etc. to help make a presentable argument to which I will be analyzing.
Theodore Roosevelt in his letter to his son, The Proper Place For Sports(1919), proposes to his son that football in college is dangerous and he should think before he play. He supports his claim by first bringing up the subject, then telling his son of he should make the decision, then telling his son to not let sports get in the way of school, in closing he states general things going on to change the subject. Roosevelt’s purpose is to beget the problems of football in order to make his son realize the consequences of playing and make him rethink. He adopts a sincere tone for his athletic son.
For many years, people have been debating about whether sports teams for kids should have selective tryouts. Although some parents claim that their child has felt so defeated by an unsuccessful tryout that they don’t want to continue with the sport, this is not always what happens. I believe that exclusive tryouts should be held for children because they are extremely good for their mental health in three ways: tryouts teach kids humility, in that they aren’t always going to be selected, they help kids learn to work harder, and they boost kids’ confidence.
Nowadays, athletes have their room overflowing with trophies. And what’s more is that many of these trophies don’t come from their athletic ability. A lot of the trophies come from simply showing up to practices or simply participating in a sport. Some people think that rewarding kids with trophies are a good way of encouraging kids. However, on the other side of this debate, several people believe that trophies are a bad way of encouraging kids. Lauren Tarshis addresses this debate in the article “Should Everyone Get a Trophy?”, published by Scholastic Scope on November 2013. Lauren explains how several professionals, such as Karen Coffin, a coach who writes about youth sports, and Dr. Michelle Anthony, an author and psychologist who works with kids and schools, take different views on this topic. However, even with some good points coming
Kids every day, of all ages play sports, whether it be a fun game with their friends or organized through their school. Sports themselves are great, they promote countless benefits and encourage players. However, once schools get involved things change. Amanda Ripley in her article The Case against High School Sports states “In many schools, sports are so entrenched that no one- not even the people in charge- relizes their actual cost.” The academic focus of schools can shift to the athletics, with there being too much time and money being poured in it. That effort could be better spent on what the actual focus of school should be, students’ education, not training and games.
“Children Need to Play, Not Compete,” by Jessica Statsky is a thoughtful insight on the competitive sports for children. She is of the view that the competitive sports can ruin the enjoyment that games are supposed to provide. These methods of playing the games like adults can prove to be lethal for physical and psychological health. The author quotes from an authentic source that “Kids under the age of fourteen are not by nature physical.” (Tutko) This means that the games for children need to focus more on their pleasure and enjoyment rather than on the competition. Competition only makes children bound to be winners. It also discourages sportsman spirit. Instead of being a source of healthy growth, these competitive sports have started becoming the source of depression for children when they don’t fulfil the expectations of their parents. These sports should enhance the sportsman spirit in children and must be beneficial for their mental and physical health. Concentrating on winning or losing spoils the fun that games hold. In addition, equal chances should be provided to every child to participate. Competitive nature can assist the children in their life later on, but the focus should be on better mental and physical health. (204 words)
A topic of debate that exists in this world is whether children should or shouldn’t play competitive sports. Many people think that the idea of children playing competitive sports is fantastic, it keeps children healthy, and sports can be a good substitute for sitting on the couch and watching television, as well as the fact that playing sports can create friendships that might last a lifetime. On the contrary, some people are against sports. They might feel that kids become too competitive, or that injuries are much too common. The argument is important because it would be ideal to decide if the benefits outweigh the disadvantages, or if it’s the other way around. Sports will benefit children more than hurt them because the children will
For many people, gaining a competitive edge is crucial in one 's success, even if it comes at a cost. In modern professional and amateur sports, the introduction of performance enhancing drugs has dramatically changed the nature of the game. Arthur Caplan, author of A Shot in the Rear: Why Are We Really against Steroids?, presented argumentative reasons from both supporters and objectors of steroid use. While Caplan attempted to use persuasive appeals, the lack of sources used combined with a poor structure severely weakened his argument.
Should sports be only about the performance? In the world of sport, competition is to be the number one reason why steroid use has become popular among athletes. This is a controversial issue because it makes the athletes get to the point of make the risk to using steroids. When an athlete performs extremely well at the Olympics many fans then start to become suspicious on whether or not that athlete is on some type of drug. In the following readings, “A Shot in the Rear: Why Are We Really against Steroids?” by L. Caplan, “The Science of Doping”, by Christie Ashwanden, “Genetically Modified Athletes” by John Naish, and “When Winning Costs Too Much” by John McCloskey,
According to Jessica Statsky’s essay titled Children Need to Play, Not Compete, most children under the age of 12 do not need competition in sports. Claiming that organized sports are not “satisfying nor beneficial” for young children, Statsky expresses her concerns over a few issues. Supporting her thesis, Statsky discusses the negative physical and psychological effects of competitive sports. She further asserts that most children do not enjoy competition by citing a study about how most children would prefer to be on a losing team that allowed everyone to play rather than a winning team that may bench them due to performance. Also, she states ‘scorekeeping, league standings, and the drive to win bring(s) out the worst in adults’. Illustrating
According to Penrod, “The Football team from Mountain view high school won the Arizona State championship last year, Again. Unbeknownst to the vast majority of the school's student body, so did the Science Bowl team, the Speech, and Debate team. And the Academic Decathlon team”. This is telling us, in any school system the ones who play sports always get this most attention but the ones who win a lot of academic games don't get any recognition that they deserve. Many people believe the smart kids will be okay in after they graduate high school, but the athletes only have one chance to prove themselves. Which isn't always true, there are athletes who play sports who one day own their own business not because they played sports but because they put effort into school, so they can get there. Smart kids can also struggle after high school, maybe because they got tired of getting picked on in high school, so they just went downhill from
“In the U.S., about 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, and more than 3.5 million injuries each year” claims Stanford Children’s Health. It’s definitely true that competitive sports can cause all sorts of injuries from big to small. The media teaches people simply that sports leads to horrific injuries and can cause stress, but what the mainstream media hardly discusses are the great benefits of competitive sports. While there may be some negatives to competitive sports, that’s just life, and to add on to that; there are plenty of benefits which are sure to override to media’s facts. Kids should play competitive sports because competitive sports teach children powerful life lessons, contributes to their social and mental stability, and because of the physical gain competitive sports provides.
Across the world abusing prescription drugs causes more deaths than street drugs do combined (“International Statistics”). Prescription drugs are so easy to get ahold of and so easy to get addicted to. The misuse of prescription drugs have gotten out of hand. These drugs can cause unintentional overdoses easily. The misuse of prescription drugs can lead to addiction, affect the health of users in a dramatic way, and even cause death.