The Importance Of Participation In Education

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Do we give children and students too many trophies? Many would say no, we have to work for what we want in life. Not to just receive it on a silver platter. Kids who are praised for their effort rather than their ability to strive harder, enjoy activities more, and deal with failure in a more resilient way. Trophies are for those who strive to do better in any type of activity, whether it is a sport, extra curriculum. Studies have shown that rewarding kids just for participating can have a negative impact, producing a self-obsessed, irresponsible, and unmotivated generation of false achievers. Therefore, I agree that trophies for just participation is unnecessary and sends a message to students that you don 't have to work for what you want.…show more content…
For example, in the article, "Should children receive trophies for just showing up", it explains why a trophy is needless, I think it 's a little bit excessive," Harter says, leaning toward No. Instead of a firm No, though, she re-frames my question: At what time of [a child 's] life do we want to bring home the cruel reality that somebody 's better than somebody else?". I am aware that children and students deserve awards, however that doesn 't mean every child deserves one if they don 't put any effort in improvement or leadership. It teaches students that they don 't have to work hard for what they want to acquire in life , which is not a positive life lesson. There is the risk of participation trophies, it causing someone to give up working hard because everyone gets the same award in the end, which is why I believe that we should not hand out participation trophies .Perhaps if we let them lose and teach them to congratulate those who win, we would help them build the motivation and endurance needed to face real life challenges. Which will help them in the near…show more content…
They would get the idea that they are expected to get an award for just participation, which is not fair to those who try very hard for what they want. Not everyone is a winner. It 's a fact. However, parents who are pro- trophies would argue that only praising and rewarding the winner could have damaging affects to those who don’t win, particularly those who are younger. Giving everyone involved some level of recognition goes a long way toward boosting confidence and promoting future success. However, one pro of having participation trophies is that It tells the student that they may not have been the winner, but they gave it their all, and always giving your best is more important. Trying certainly matter, but the point of participating in an activity is to win, so why should we reward anything else. The difference between winning and losing is that it teaches us a life lesson. It teaches us how to bounce back from loss. While also providing us with drive, momentum and a purpose to
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