In most cases, these are awards children get for participating in a sport. Do you agree that everyone who participates should receive something or do you think it's unnecessary and does more harm than good?
I saw this commercial recently and it made me laugh but I think it makes a good point. Thoughts?
- I agree with giving kids participation trophiesVote A
- I disagree with the concept of participation trophiesVote B
- OtherVote C
Most Helpful Guy
Bad idea, get rid of them.0
Most Helpful Girl
I feel like we need to teach kids about being okay with not winning. So I voted against the trophies for participation.
Not everything in life works out. You don't win every game, not everyone is the best, and sometimes you will mess up. We should teach kids how to gracefully accept failure and be able to pick up and try again. It's okay to not be the best this year, but with some practice maybe we can place higher next year?
I remember being a kid in public school and during track and field kids would win ribbons for placing in events. They would hand out 1st, 1nd and 3rd place ribbons to the kids who placed. It was always a competition to see who would win the most ribbons. It did suck because usually the same kids won all the ribbons. But that's life.
I always enjoyed it because it was a day we didn't have to do school work. When my brother started track and field they started with the participation ribbons. I kind of thought that was silly.
I get that some kids get upset they don't get a ribbon, but sometimes in life you don't get what you want. Somebody else has that big tv or that big house and you live in a small apartment. But you basically have to just make the best of what you do have.
I think by handing out participation trophies we are teaching kids that they all win and they never learn to deal with disappointment.1