Essay On Ignoring Negative Actions

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In many cases, it is clear that the best way to teach is to encourage positive actions through praise. However, ignoring negative actions will not make the decision and its consequences disappear. This inaction makes it seem as though making the bad choice will not harm you; the good choice can bring benefit but the bad thing has no further consequences. It will also set precedent for future decisions, since others may feel that if one person was able to get away with making a bad decision, they can do the same. Finally, not assigning consequences for negative actions to the right person will make it worse for the common pool, since the rest of the group will suffer for one person’s decision. The first example of how ignoring negative actions can have unforeseen consequences is in early education. In Kindergarten, children are taught to share their toys, and are often rewarded for choosing to do so. However, if teachers decided to only reward children for sharing and not discourage children from being selfish, those kids may end up believing that selfish behavior is fair. They may see selfishness as a choice to make, rather than believing it to be a bad behavioral trait. In the current system that punishes bad behavior, children are shown that selfish people face negative…show more content…
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